Coconut Lime Chicken

Bored of the same ol’ grilled chicken? Level up your BBQ game with Coconut Lime Chicken! Juicy and tasty with Thai flavors, it’s the perfect summer go-to recipe!

If you’re looking for an easy recipe that packs major flavor, you’ve come to the right place! This coconut lime chicken is so simple to make, yet it turns out so juicy and tasty.

It’s the perfect dish to cook and enjoy outdoors during warmer months, but it can be just as well baked in the oven or pan-fried on the stovetop for any time of the year. Plus, it’s freezable and a great addition to your meal planning!

The Thai-inspired marinade uses only a handful of ingredients and is almost effortless. Just process the coriander, ginger, and garlic into a paste and combine it with the coconut milk, fish sauce, and lime juice.

This creamy and zesty marinade is not delicious on chicken, but it’s also a great way to flavor beef or pork.

Ingredient substitutions

  • Boneless chicken thighs – you can also use boneless chicken breasts or bone-in chicken parts.
  • Coconut milk-not a fan or don’t have access to coconut milk? Substitute with Greek yogurt, sour cream, heavy cream, or evaporated milk.
  • Lime juice– helps break down the meat and allows the marinade to penetrate. You can swap with other acidic ingredients such as vinegar and citruses like calamansi or lemon.
  • Ground coriander– in the U.S., coriander refers to the dried or ground seeds, while cilantro refers to the fresh leaves and stems of the coriander plant. Although from the same plant, the two are not really interchangeable in recipes as they have different taste profiles. For a better substitute, try caraway seeds, cumin, or fennel.

Cooking Tips

  • For a kick of spice, add minced chili peppers or dried chili flakes to the marinade.
  • Do not keep the chicken in the marinade for too long as the acids might break down the protein and make the meat mushy.

How to check for doneness

A meat thermometer is the best way to gauge whether the meat is fully cooked and safe. Insert the probe in the thickness part of the chicken; if it reads 165 F, the meat is ready to enjoy!

How to serve

This grilled chicken makes a delicious main dish for lunch or dinner, especially when enjoyed al fresco. Serve it with coconut rice and cucumber salad for a hearty summer meal!

How to store

  • Uncooked– place chicken, including marinade, in a resealable bag or airtight container and freeze for up to 6 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator and grill.
  • Cooked– transfer to an airtight container or resealable bag and refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 2 months. Thaw in the refrigerator if frozen, and reheat in the microwave at 2 to 3-minute intervals to 165 F.

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