Sweet & Tangy Grilled Chicken

I am on the constant search for great grilling recipes!  Sometimes, I just throw some things together for a marinade and it turns out fantastic.  I saw a recipe involving coconut milk and soy sauce and decided to jazz it up a little.  The coconut milk doesn’t create too strong of a coconut flavor, so don’t let it steer you away if you aren’t a fan.  It really adds juiciness to the chicken and is the perfect combination of flavors.

The marinade uses half of a can of light coconut milk.  I then made jasmine rice in the coconut milk and water- and it added a light sweet coconutty flavor.  I highly suggest serving it with rice cooked in the unused coconut milk!


-2 Pounds of Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs
-1 cup Low Sodium Soy Sauce
-1 Cup Water
-3/4 Cup Brown Sugar
-1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
-1 Tablespoon Sesame Oil
-1/2 (14 Ounce) Can of Light Coconut Milk

Optional, for garnish:
-Green Onions, choppedWhisk together the marinade: soy sauce, water, brown sugar, garlic powder, sesame oil and coconut milk.

Add the chicken thighs and try to have them as well covered as possible.

Refrigerate and let marinade for at least 4 hours, or up to 12 hours.

Grill on direct medium heat for about 5 minutes per side.  When you place them on the grill, make sure they lay flat.

Serve with chopped green onions on top.

Enjoy over some coconut rice!


11 thoughts on “Sweet & Tangy Grilled Chicken

  1. Just A Smidgen

    10 Jun on 2012 at 11:24 am

    This is a recipe my kids would love.. and the coconut rice is a given, they’d devour that dish! xo Smidge

  2. Barb

    10 Jun on 2012 at 7:42 pm

    Yummy! So much better than the kfc I had tonight. Was just to hot to cook.

  3. Sawsan@ Chef in disguise

    12 Jun on 2012 at 2:23 am

    This recipe will be a sure winner in our house and I too am always looking for new recipes to jazz up meat and chicken

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  5. Karen

    13 Jun on 2012 at 8:52 pm

    Your meal must be great. I like to cook rice in coconut milk…it has a lovely taste.

  6. Geni - Sweet and Crumby

    15 Jun on 2012 at 2:38 pm

    I love the idea of marinating the chicken in coconut milk. I have never tried that before and it sounds fantastic. So glad you shared this one Ashley. New summer grilling ideas are always welcome!

  7. Sara

    07 Aug on 2012 at 12:32 pm

    My husband boiled the marinade with a bit of cornstarch. It made the most amazing sauce. Love this dish.

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