Take you boneless chicken thighs to the next level with this Thai Grilled Chicken Recipe. Simple marinade makes the chicken so delicious.

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Thai grilled chicken thighs is loaded with flavor and marinated in a simple ingredients marinade. This easy grilled chicken recipe is a family favorite and even better served with sticky rice.

This popular street food in Thailand is easily made on the grill. If you love grilling chicken thighs as much as I do, try this Mojo Chicken Recipe, Beer Can Chicken Recipe, Copycat Chipotle Chicken Recipe, Grilled Jalapeno Popper Chicken or Grilled BBQ Chicken Thighs Recipe.

What is Thai Chicken?

Grilled chicken Thai is also known as Gai Yang. It a popular Thai Cuisine and we enjoy making it for a crowd pleasing summertime BBQ Recipe.

The marinade is made with basic Thai seasoning which makes it so delicious. But feel free to use what you prefer. Try this authentic Thai Recipe today for a delicious weeknight meal idea.

Ingredients

Ingredients needed for Grilled Thai Chicken - chicken thighs, soy sauce, honey, lime juice, fish sauce, ginger, garlic, coriander, red chili flakes, oil
  • Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs
  • Soy Sauce
  • Honey
  • Lime Juice
  • Fish Sauce
  • Grated Ginger
  • Cloves Garlic, minced
  • Ground Coriander
  • Red Chili Flakes (adjust to taste)
  • Vegetable Oil

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Variations Ideas

  • Chicken – You can use different types of chicken to make this recipe. Use chicken breasts or bone-in chicken thighs to make this recipe.
  • Seasoning – Feel free to change the spices and sauces to what you prefer when making the marinade. Add in ½ tsp of turmeric, lemongrass, sweet chili sauce, or white pepper.

Step by Step Instructions

  • Step 1 – Combine Marinade Ingredients – In a large bowl, whisk together soy sauce, honey, lime juice, fish sauce, grated ginger, minced garlic, ground coriander, and red chili flakes to create the marinade.
Combining the marinade ingredients in a bowl
  • Step 2 – Marinate Chicken – Add the chicken thighs to the marinade. Ensure each piece is well coated. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
Marinating chicken thighs in the marinade in a bowl
  • Step 3 – Prepare Grill – Preheat the grill to medium-high heat. Brush the grill grates with vegetable oil.
  • Step 4 – Grill Chicken Pieces – Remove the chicken from the marinade and shake off excess. Grill the chicken thighs for about 10 minutes on each side, or until they are cooked through and have nice grill marks.
Grilled chicken thighs on a baking sheet
  • Step 5 – Serve and Enjoy – Allow the chicken to rest for a few minutes before serving.

Recipe Tips

  • Marinate Chicken – Marinating time can be extended for more flavor. But avoid marinating for over 4 hours as the lime juice can start to ‘cook’ the chicken. You can also marinade in a ziplock bag.
  • Prepare Grill – Ensure your grill is properly preheated and oiled to prevent sticking and achieve good grill marks. Keep an eye on the chicken to prevent charring, as the honey in the marinade can cause it to burn more easily.
  • Cooking Time – Cooking time will vary depending on the size of your chicken and your grill. Make sure to use a meat thermometer to ensure that the chicken is full cooked.

Serving Suggestions

This grilled Thai Chicken can be served with many different side dish recipes. We love to serve with a side of grilled vegetables that are loaded with carrots, zucchini and broccoli.

When serving I love to top the chicken thighs with fresh cilantro and fresh squeeze lime wedges. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce such as Nam Jim Jaew. You may even like to shred the chicken and make one of these Grilled Chicken Wrap Recipes.

Close up image of Grilled Chicken thighs topped with fresh lemon

Frequently Asked Questions

How to Store Leftovers

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3-4 days. We think it taste even better the next day as the combination of the ingredients makes the chicken more flavorful

Can I Freeze?

Yes, this grilled chicken gai yang in the freezer in a freezer safe container or a ziplock bag. Allow the chicken to cool to room temperature before placing in the container. Then freeze for up to 3 months.

How to Reheat

When you are ready to serve again and your chicken is frozen, allow the chicken to thaw overnight in the fridge. Then reheat in the oven in a baking dish for best results. This allows the chicken to heat through without getting rubbery.

Close up image of Grilled Chicken thighs topped with fresh lemon

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Grilled Thai Chicken

5 from 1 vote
Take you boneless chicken thighs to the next level with this Thai Grilled Chicken Recipe. Delicious marinade makes the chicken so delicious.
Prep Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 4
Cuisine Thai
Course Main Course
Calories 378

Ingredients

  • 8 boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon grated ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili flakes adjust to taste
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
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Instructions

  • In a large bowl, whisk together soy sauce, honey, lime juice, fish sauce, grated ginger, minced garlic, ground coriander, and red chili flakes to create the marinade.
  • Add the chicken thighs to the marinade. Ensure each piece is well coated. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  • Preheat the grill to medium-high heat. Brush the grill grates with vegetable oil.
  • Remove the chicken from the marinade and shake off excess. Grill the chicken thighs for about 10 minutes on each side, or until they are cooked through and have nice grill marks.
  • Allow the chicken to rest for a few minutes before serving.

Recipe Notes

Marinating time can be extended for more flavor, but avoid marinating for over 4 hours as the lime juice can start to ‘cook’ the chicken.
Ensure your grill is properly preheated and oiled to prevent sticking and achieve good grill marks. Keep an eye on the chicken to prevent charring, as the honey in the marinade can cause it to burn more easily.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 378kcal, Carbohydrates 11g, Protein 45g, Fat 16g, Saturated Fat 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat 6g, Monounsaturated Fat 5g, Trans Fat 0.1g, Cholesterol 215mg, Sodium 1314mg, Potassium 634mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 9g, Vitamin A 133IU, Vitamin C 3mg, Calcium 34mg, Iron 2mg

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