Sticky Coconut Chicken With Chili Glaze and Coconut Rice

Total Time
1hr 25mins
Prep 1 hr
Cook 25 mins

The recipe comes from "The Best of Sunset" and it's a delicious grilled thai style recipe. I usually double the glaze as it keeps in the fridge and is delicious with noodles or over any other grilled meat. I serve this with Don Mauer's Coconut Rice.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. For Chicken:.
  2. Rinse chicken and pat dry. In a large bowl, mix coconut milk, ginger, pepper, and hot chili flakes. Add chicken and mix; cover airtight and chill at least 1 hour or up to 1 day.
  3. Prepare Glaze.
  4. (Start rice when you start the grill or the broiler).
  5. Lift chicken from bowl, reserving marinade; pull thighs open and lay flat on a lightly oiled barbecue grill over a solid bed of hot coals or high heat on a gas grill; close lid on gas grill. Cook, turning thighs as needed to brown on both sides, until meat is no longer pink in center of thickest part (cut to test), 10 to 12 minutes, basting frequently with remaining marinade (use it all) until 2 minutes before chicken is done.
  6. Transfer thighs to a warm platter and pour the chili glaze evenly over meat; garnish platter with green onions.
  7. For Glaze:.
  8. In a 2- to 3-quart pan, combine ¾ cup rice vinegar, ½ cup sugar, 3 tbsp soy sauce, and 1 tsp hot chili flakes. Bring to a boil over high heat and cook, stirring often, until mixture is reduced to ½ cup, 8 to 10 minutes. Use hot. If making glaze up to 1 week ahead, cover and chill; reheat before serving.
  9. For Rice:.
  10. Bring coconut milk (reserve 2 tablespoons), water, garlic, and salt to a boil. Add rice. Simmer uncovered for 20 minutes. When rice is done, stir in reserved coconut milk, pineapple and basil.
Most Helpful

A Firehouse Favorite!.. Extra glaze is always appreciated. I double or sometimes triple this recipe. Dont forget the green onions.. Makes the presentation and flavor that much better. I use light coconut milk and dont use as much for lower fat meal. I also like to use the combo breast/thigh pack if the store has it. Make sure to spray the grill and use a very HOT grill too. Dont turn the chicken too early or it sticks(even with pam spray)

MVFDFiremedic February 21, 2011

Excellent flavor. Want to point out that I used chicken breasts, as called for in the ingredients; however, chicken THIGHS are in the directions for grilling. I usually make rice in a rice cooker, so I was pleasantly surprised when it turned out so well on the stove top. The simmer time was a bit shorter, closer to 12 minutes. Will make again. Thank you.

Patrick Bannasch November 04, 2010

Excellent! Admittedly I used about half of the chicken and kept everything else the same, which results in a much better chicken to rice ratio, but other than that I followed the recipe far closer than I usually do and it turned out brilliantly. The one thing that I would say is, if your rice is still slightly undercooked after 20 min, put a little bit of extra coconut milk in (or water) and put the top on for 5 min and it will usually soften right up. It will definitely migrate into my personal cookbook.

Southern~Belle May 13, 2010