Grilled Chicken with Coconut and Lime


Juicy chicken breast marinated in creamy coconut milk, fresh lime and a sweet red chili sauce creating this chicken so tender and flavorful you will want to grill all summer season extended!

How to Grill Flavorful Moist Chicken

Grilled chicken can be intimidating! People are afraid of below-cooking chicken, which rather outcomes in overcooked, dry, and burned chicken. With the ideal approaches you can make superb moist and flavorful grilled chicken every single time. 

  1. Marinate.  Prepping your chicken in advance and letting it soak in a flavorful marinade is essential. Not only will this assistance the chicken fibers to soften up creating your meat more tender, but it also soaks the flavor of the marinade into the meat, rather than just on the outdoors of the chicken to be cooked off.  Marinades can involve an acid like pineapple juice, lemon juice, or vinegar. Don’t neglect seasonings like pepper, garlic powder, or onion powder. It is also a superior notion to involve an oil or fat like coconut milk or olive oil (more on techniques to make tender chicken right here)
  2. Timing. The second step in completely grilled chicken is SO significant.  You do not want to overcook your meat. With grilling, your heat supply comes from below the meat, so you will want to turn your meat to cook each sides.  We like to close the lid on the meat to make a tiny oven and try to cook on all sides, and in the middle as properly, so the chicken does not sit on 1 side of the grill also extended. You ought to often use a meat thermometer to decide if the chicken is cooked an up to temp. The internal temp ought to be 165 for dark meat and 160 degrees for white meat.
  3. Temperature. If you cook your chicken on a grill that is also hot, the outdoors will burn just before the inside cooks. Medium-low is most effective for a charcoal grill, and medium on a gas grill.
  4. Sauce. You can also brush the meat even though cooking with your marinade or a sauce to make a barrier among the direct heat supply and the meat, and permit the flavors to cook onto the outdoors of your meat as properly.  Just make confident that you brush on more towards the finish of cooking. If there is sugar in your sauce or marinade and you brush on also early, it could burn.
grilled chicken breast with a coconut lime marinade on a wooden cutting board with fresh limes in the background

What Are The Best Cuts of Chicken To Grill?

Chicken Thighs. Thighs are more tender and have more fat than chicken breasts. Thighs will ordinarily be a bit more tender and have a richer flavor for the reason that of the fat. You can grill bone in or boneless. Bone-in will take about 12 minutes on each and every side to cook and boneless is 3-4 minutes per side.

Chicken Drumsticks. Drumsticks can be genuinely enjoyable for children to consume for the reason that it is like there is a constructed in deal with. They ordinarily come skin on creating them super crispy on the outdoors and tender and juicy on the inside. Because of the bone, drumsticks will take longer to cook than other cuts. They will want to cook for about 35 minutes and turned every single 5 minutes to make confident they do not burn. For the most tender, fall off the bone drumstick, cook to an internal temperature of 185 degrees.

Chicken Breast. Breasts can be tender and juicy grilled even although they are decrease in fat. Try to acquire breasts that are 5-8 ounces for the reason that larger than that will take significantly longer to cook and can dry out on the grill. If you chicken breasts are significantly bigger on 1 finish, you will want to use a meat pounder to even out the thickness so that each and every breast cooks via at about the identical time. If the breast is really thick, you can butterfly it to assistance even it out. Average size chicken breasts will want to cook for about 5-6 minutes on each and every side.

Chicken Wings. Wings are the smallest component of the chicken and have the least quantity of meat. This suggests they will cook the quickest. They will only want 2-3 minutes per side and you will want to watch them very carefully.

grilled chicken drumsticks with a coconut lime marinade on a wooden cutting board

Ingredients You’ll Need for Grilled Chicken with Coconut and Lime

  • Chicken. You will want about 1 pound of chicken to feed 4 people today. I suggest working with breast, thighs or drumsticks.
  • Coconut Milk. Make confident to get unsweetened coconut milk – you can use complete fat or decrease fat, but I suggest complete fat for the most tender chicken.
  • Limes. Fresh limes – you will want the juice of 3 superior size limes.
  • Sweet Red Chili Sauce. This can be located at your regional grocery shop. A widespread brand is Thai Kitchen.
  • Salt and Pepper.
slices of grilled chicken breast with a coconut lime marinade on a wooden cutting board with fresh limes on top

How to Make Grilled Chicken without having a Grill

No grill you say? There are many techniques to modify.

  • Use an indoor grill pan appliance.   There are appliances that act like grills, like the George Foreman grill. It can sit on your counter, and grill each sides of your meat at when. They are fairly remarkable, and a rapid way to make your grilled chicken.
  • Use your oven broiler.  In your oven, the broiler setting alterations from an all more than heat supply to just working with the heating element on the prime of the oven.  I turn that on, but I also use a grill broiler pan that my oven came with, to permit some heat to get below the meat. The grill pan has slats in the bottom, related to a grilling rack.
  • A grill pan for your stovetop. Rather than an added appliance, some people today like a grill pan that fits on prime of your stove. These are wonderful, they do not take a up a lot of area, and your chicken cooks swiftly.
grilled chicken breast with a coconut lime marinade on a wooden cutting board with fresh limes in the background

More Favorite Chicken Recipes

grilled chicken breasts with coconut and lime marinade on a wooden cutting board with fresh limes in the background
  • 1 pound chicken breast, thighs or drumsticks
  • 1 1/2 cups coconut milk, unsweetened
  • 3/4 cup sweet red chili sauce
  • 3 medium limes
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, ground
  • Preheat outside grill to medium/higher. About 400° F.

  • Season chicken properly with salt and pepper.

  • Whisk with each other 1 cup coconut milk, 1/2 cup sweet chili sauce, juice of 3 limes, and 1 teaspoon lime zest. Reserve 1/2 cup coconut milk and 1/4 cup sweet chili sauce to brush on chicken in the final handful of minutes of grilling.

  • Add chicken to a ziplock bag, pour in the marinade and permit to marinate for at least 30 minutes but preferably 2 hours in the refrigerator.

  • Meanwhile, (without having discarding marinade) location chicken on grill and cook for: 5-6 minutes on each and every side for boneless chicken breasts (temp 160°F)3-4 minutes on each and every side for boneless chicken thighs (temp 165°F)30 minutes for drumsticks turning every single 5 minutes (temp 185°F)
  • When there is 2-3 minutes left of grilling, brush on remaining coconut and chili sauce on the chicken. Remove from grill and cover with foil.

  • Let your chicken sit for 10 minutes just before serving and slicing. Serve with your favourite summer season veggies. Enjoy!

Calories: 347kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: .1g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 1317mg | Potassium: 533mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 451IU | Vitamin C: 25mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 4mg

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