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Thai Chicken Marinade

Very balanced, full of traditional Thai flavors, this marinade will take your grilled chicken to a new level.
Cuisine Thai
Keyword marinade
Prep Time 10 minutes
Author Victor


For the marinade:

  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh Thai basil (or use regular basil)
  • 1 lemongrass stalk (white part only, minced)
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh coriander
  • 1 1-inch piece of ginger root (peeled and minced)
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 Thai (Bird's eye) chilies (thinly sliced or minced, or use 1 Tbsp of minced regular hot red chili)
  • 3 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp dark soy sauce (or substitute with regular soy sauce)
  • 2 Tbsp Thai fish sauce
  • 4 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp lime juice
  • 2 Tbsp palm sugar (or brown sugar)
  • 1 shallot (minced)


  • Combine all of the ingredients for the marinade in a medium bowl or a Ziploc bag and mix thoroughly, making sure that the sugar has dissolved. 
  • Add the chicken and marinate overnight. I find that overnight (or even up to 24 hours) marination gives the chicken optimal flavor.
    If you are pressed for time, marinate for at least 2 hours. You may also want to make small slits in the meat or make small holes with a fork as this will allow for quicker marinade penetration inside the meat.
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  • After marination, remove excess marinade from the chicken pieces and grill over direct heat on a grill preheated to about 325F. As there is sugar in the marinade, make sure to keep an eye on the chicken and flip frequently to avoid burning. If using a charcoal grill, grill with a lid on to avoid flareups.


There is enough marinade in this recipe for about 3-4 lbs of chicken meat.