Thai Grilled Chicken with Sweet Chile Dipping Sauce


There are so many versions of this street food found in Thailand. Mine has been in our family for years, and we serve it with a tangy sweet chili sauce that really goes well with this easy dish. We often make a large quantity for parties as all our friends request this.

Platter of freshly grilled Thai Chicken served with a chili dipping sauce and fresh lime wedges
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
1 day
Total Time:
1 day 45 mins
4 servings


  • ½ cup coconut milk

  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce

  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic

  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro

  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric

  • 1 teaspoon curry powder

  • ½ teaspoon white pepper

  • ½ (3 pound) chicken, cut into pieces

  • 6 tablespoons rice vinegar

  • 4 tablespoons water

  • 4 tablespoons white sugar

  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic

  • ½ teaspoon minced bird's eye chile

  • ¼ teaspoon salt


  1. In a shallow dish, mix together the coconut milk, fish sauce, 2 tablespoons minced garlic, cilantro, turmeric, curry powder, and white pepper. Add chicken, and turn to coat. Cover, and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.

  2. Preheat grill for high heat.

  3. In a saucepan, combine vinegar, water, sugar, 1 teaspoon minced garlic, bird's eye chile, and salt; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, and simmer until liquid is reduced, about 5 minutes. Stir sauce from time to time. Remove from heat and allow to cool before use.

  4. Lightly oil grill grate. Discard marinade, and place chicken on the grill. Cook for 10 minutes per side, or until slightly charred and juices run clear. Brush with sauce before serving. Serve remaining sauce on the side for dipping.


The nutrition data for this recipe includes information for the full amount of the marinade ingredients. Depending on marinating time, ingredients, cook time, etc., the actual amount of the marinade consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

332 Calories
19g Fat
16g Carbs
24g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 332
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g 24%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 73mg 24%
Sodium 769mg 33%
Total Carbohydrate 16g 6%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 13g
Protein 24g
Vitamin C 3mg 16%
Calcium 34mg 3%
Iron 3mg 15%
Potassium 335mg 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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