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I grew some Thai basil in my garden this year. My sister in law is from Thailand, so I invited her over to make some dishes with it since it’s a newer ingredient to me. The first was Grilled Thai Basil Chicken.

You can find Thai basil in some grocery stores, but not all. So check around before planning to make it.

Or perhaps grow your own like I did.

I actually started this chicken the evening before she came because I wanted it to marinate overnight.

Thai basil definitely has a different flavor compared to the sweet basil that I have always used. And as you can see below, it looks much different too.

Very pretty with the purple flowers I think ­čÖé

thai basil

How to Make Grilled Thai Basil Chicken

I am using a shortcut here (like I always do because I’m lazy when it comes to mincing garlic) by using these stir in pastes for the garlic, ginger, and this mix of Thai seasonings.

Chop or mince your own if you prefer.

stir in paste seasonings

Trim 6 to 8 boness, skinless chicken thighs (or 4 chicken breasts) and place them in a gallon size bag.

Then make the marinade in a separate bowl.

sauces for marinade

In that bowl add 2 Tbsps soy sauce and then a Tbsp each of honey, fish sauce, sriracha, rice vinegar, garlic, ginger, and if you have the Thai seasoning paste add it.

If not just leave it out, no worries.

Then chop about 20 of the Thai basil leaves and add those to the marinade.

adding chopped thai basil to marinade

Whisk the marinade together and add it to the bag with the chicken.

Massage the bag and place it in the fridge overnight.

whisking the chicken marinade

Preheat the grill to medium high heat.

Once hot, place the chicken on the grill grates for 4 to 5 minutes per side.

chicken on the grill before cooking

The BEST part of grilling is getting the charred edges and grill marks.

YUM!

Grilled Thai Basil Chicken
Grilled Thai Basil Chicken

My sister in law and I went back and forth deciding if Grilled Thai Basil Chicken needed a sauce

Finally she said sweet Thai chili sauce you can never go wrong with, so we went with that. Trying it by itself, though, the flavor was super good!

I dipped some and enjoyed some without the sauce and ALL bites were phenomenal!

Grilled Thai Basil Chicken
Grilled Thai Basil Chicken
Grilled Thai Basil Chicken

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Grilled Thai Basil Chicken

Grilled Thai Basil Chicken is a unique, flavorful grilled chicken dinner, chicken thighs in a marinade made with freshly chopped Thai basil

Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Thai
Keyword Boneless Chicken Thighs, Chicken, Garlic, Ginger, Grilled, Healthy, Recipe, Summer Recipes, Thai Basil
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 234 kcal
Author Cheri Renee

Ingredients

  • 6 to 8 boness, skinless chicken thighs (or 4 chicken breasts)
  • 20 to 25 Thai basil leaves
  • 2 Tbsps soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1 Tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 Tbsp sriracha
  • 1 Tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp garlic paste or minced garlic
  • 1 Tbsp ginger paste or minced ginger
  • Optional: 1 Tbsp Thai Seasoning stir in paste (picture in post above)
  • sweet Thai chili sauce for dipping

Instructions

  1. Trim the chicken thighs if needed and place them in a gallon size plastic bag.

  2. Finely chop the Thai basil leaves and put them in a bowl.

  3. To the bowl with the Thai basil add the soy sauce, honey, fish sauce, sriracha, vinegar, garlic, ginger, and Thai seasoning paste if using. Whisk until combined.

  4. Add the marinade to the bag with the chicken. Massage the bag until the chicken is coated, place in the fridge and marinate at least an hour or overnight.

  5. Preheat the grill to medium high heat. Grill the chicken 4 to 5 minutes per side.

  6. Serve with sweet Thai chili sauce for dipping

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