Coconut Milk Chicken Marinade makes the best marinade. Give you chicken recipes amazing flavor with the delicious marinade recipe.

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Take you chicken breast flavor to the next level by marinating in coconut milk and simple seasoning. This marinade infuses the chicken with amazing flavor while tenderizing it.

If you are looking for a new marinade that is easy to make, make this coconut milk marinade. The best marinade for all your easy grilled chicken recipes. Make sure to also try the Best Grilled Chicken Marinade for a delicious meal idea.

Can you Marinade Chicken in Coconut Milk?

Yes, you can marinade chicken breasts in coconut milk. The combination of full fat coconut milk and simple spices makes the best marinade.

The creamy sauce helps to tenderize the meat, which helps to create the best texture and juicy center.

Ingredients

Coconut Milk Chicken Marinade ingredients - chicken thighs, coconut milk, limes, curry powder, paprika, ginger, hot sauce, salt, pepper
  • Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs (trimmed) 

For the Marinade: 

  • Coconut Milk 
  • Limes (juiced) 
  • Curry Powder 
  • Paprika 
  • Ground Ginger 
  • Minced Garlic 
  • Hot Sauce 
  • Salt 
  • Black Pepper 

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Variation Ideas

  • Grilling Chicken – Grill the chicken on the grill grates or on a grill pan. You can also cook the chicken in a cast iron skillet on a stove top.
  • Marinade Ingredients – You can easily change the seasoning to what you prefer. Add in soy sauce, peanut sauce, fresh cilantro, lime and turmeric. Brown sugar is a delicious addition.
  • Bake Chicken – You can easily bake the chicken in the oven for an easy weeknight meal. Serve topped with fresh lime juice and lime zest.

Step by Step Instructions

Combine marinade in a bowl with a whisk

Step 1 – Combine Marinade Ingredients – In a small bowl whisk together all the marinade ingredients.  

Marinate the chicken in a bowl

Step 2 – Place Chicken in Marinade – Place the chicken in a bowl or ziplock bag and pour the marinade mixture on top.  Marinade the chicken thighs for 3-4 hours (or overnight).  

  • Step 3 – Prepare Griddle – Preheat a grill over medium high heat. Then rub the grill grates with oil so that the chicken does not stick to the grates.
Placing the chicken on the grill

Step 4 – Grill Chicken – Then add the chicken onto the grill and reduce the temperature to medium. Grill the chicken for 5-8 minutes.

Flip chicken on the grill to grill both sides

Step 5 – Flip – Turn the chicken and cook for 5-8 more minutes until the chicken reaches an internal temperature for 165 degrees F.

  • Step 6 – Serve – Let the chicken rest for 5 minutes and then it’s ready to serve and enjoy.

Recipe Tips

  • Combining Marinade – Combine the marinade in a mixing bowl. Make sure it is complete combined before adding in chicken.
  • Meat Thermometer – Use an instant-read meat thermometer to make sure that the chicken is cooked to a safe temperature. The internal temperature reaches 165 then chicken is done.
  • Heat Grill – Place placing the chicken on the grill, make sure you heat to medium heat. Oil the grill grates to help to easily cook both sides of the chicken.
  • Marinade – Make sure to discard any of the marinade that you soaked the chicken in. You do not want to reuse this marinade.
  • Pound Chicken – To flatten out the chicken on the thickest part, we recommend pounding the chicken. This helps to cook the chicken evenly.

How Long to Marinate Chicken in Coconut Milk

Marinating your chicken it recommended because it adds so much flavor to your chicken. After placing the chicken in a zip lock bag, marinate the chicken for at least 3 hours.

We recommend not to exceed 24 hours to marinate chicken.

Grilled chicken limes on a platter with slice limes

How to Grill Coconut Milk Marinade Chicken

An instant read meat thermometer is the best way to know when the chicken is ready to enjoy.

Insert at the thickest part of the chicken thigh to check temperature. Temperature should reach 165 degrees when fully cooked.

Make sure to remove excessive marinade before placing thai coconut grilled chicken on the grill.  

Grilled chicken limes on a platter with slice limes

How to Store Leftovers

Store leftovers in a airtight container for up to 3 days. This chicken is delicious leftover or to meal prep with.

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Coconut Milk Chicken Marinade

5 from 3 votes
Coconut Milk Chicken Marinade makes the best marinade. Give you chicken recipes amazing flavor with the delicious marinade recipe.
Prep Time 4 hours
Cook Time 10 minutes
Let Sit 5 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 15 minutes
Servings 6
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Calories 347

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs trimmed

For the Marinade:

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Instructions

  • In a small bowl whisk together all the marinade ingredients.
  • Place the chicken in a bowl or ziplock bag and pour the marinade mixture on top.
  • Marinade the chicken thighs for 3-4 hours (or overnight).
  • Preheat a grill over medium high heat and rub the grill grates with oil so that the chicken does not stick to the grates.
  • Then add the chicken onto the grill and reduce the temperature to medium. Grill the chicken for 5-8 minutes.
  • Flip the chicken and cook the opposite side for 5-8 minutes until the chicken reaches an internal temperature for 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Let the chicken rest for 5 minutes and then it’s ready to serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

An instant read meat thermometer is the best way to know when the chicken is ready to enjoy. Ensure that the chicken has reached an internal temperature of 165 degrees F at the thickest part of the chicken thigh.
Refrigerate any leftover chicken in an airtight container for up to 5 days.  

Nutrition Facts

Calories 347kcal, Carbohydrates 7g, Protein 31g, Fat 22g, Saturated Fat 16g, Polyunsaturated Fat 2g, Monounsaturated Fat 3g, Trans Fat 0.03g, Cholesterol 144mg, Sodium 493mg, Potassium 597mg, Fiber 3g, Sugar 3g, Vitamin A 110IU, Vitamin C 11mg, Calcium 41mg, Iron 3mg

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