Coconut Lime Grilled Chicken Thighs

coconut lime grilled chicken thighs

5 from 7 reviews

THE BEST Grilled Chicken Thighs are juicy, flavorful and easy. Sweet with heat simple marinade makes these chicken thighs a true crowd pleaser.

  • Author: Olena of
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 9 chicken thighs (1 per serving) 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Grill
  • Cuisine: North American


  • 3 lbs chicken thighs, bone in or boneless
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk (from a can)
  • 1 lime, juice of
  • 1/2 medium onion
  • Cilantro, large handful
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/3 Jalapeño pepper with seeds (for mild; more for hot)


  1. To make marinade: In a food processor/blender, combine coconut milk, lime juice, onion, cilantro, salt and jalapeno pepper until smooth mixture is formed.
  2. Place chicken in a large bowl or any container that can be covered.
  3. Pour marinade over chicken, stir with tongs, cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight (but no more than 24 hours).
  4. To grill chicken thighs: Preheat the grill on high, then reduce to low-medium. Rub the grill with an oiled paper towel.
  5. Place chicken skin side down on the grill, close the lid and cook for 15 minutes. If the fat is burning too much, reduce the heat to low.
  6. Turn the chicken over, close the lid and cook for another 10-15 minutes or until internal read thermometer inserted in the thickest part has reached 165 degrees F.
  7. Serve warm with cucumber salad, corn avocado salad or mango black bean salad.

Store: Refrigerate covered for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

Make ahead: Chicken can be marinated for a maximum of 24 hours.

For Reheating: In a skillet, add a splash of water or broth and chicken thighs. Cook chicken covered on low for ~5 minutes.


  • Grills vary so check your chicken often. I have a powerful new Coleman grill.
  • Bone in chicken cooks longer and boneless faster.
  • Longer marinated chicken cooks faster as well.
  • Always discard chicken marinade.

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