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Grilled Red Curry Chicken

Appears in July-August 2022

1¼ hours 35 minutes active, plus marinating and resting

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Grilled Red Curry Chicken

Jet Tila is a chef, restaurateur, cookbook author and TV personality who spent his formative years in the food-focused environment of his family’s Thai markets and restaurants in Los Angeles. In his latest book, “101 Thai Dishes You Need to Cook Before You Die,” Tila includes a recipe for a simpler way to make gai yang, or Thai marinated chicken, a dish that, made the traditional way, requires a laundry list of items, including cilantro roots, turmeric and lemon grass, plus a way to pound them to a paste. In his new spin, Tila combines only six easy ingredients—coconut milk, Thai red curry paste, curry powder, garlic, sugar and salt—to make an aromatic, flavor-packed marinade that comes together in minutes and tastes fantastic. This is our adaptation of his recipe. We swapped bone-in chicken thighs for Tila’s whole chicken and cut slashes into them so the marinade gets deep into the meat. Serve with steamed jasmine rice.




Don’t use light coconut milk. Its flavor and consistency are thin and watery. Regular full-fat coconut milk, sold in cans or aseptic boxes, is best. Before use, be sure to stir the coconut milk well to incorporate the fat that separates to the top. Any leftover coconut milk will keep the freezer in an airtight container for several months.

1¼ hours

35 minutes active, plus marinating and resting

Yaoli Y.
August 14, 2022
So so delicious
Use real Thai red curry from an Asian grocery store! I also used Madras curry powder rather than regular. It’s so delicious, the skin came out so crispy and the flavor went all the way through. We had it with a peanut slaw on the side.
Michael F.
July 15, 2022
Winner, winner, chicken dinner
Great recipe! I agree with the other comments about knowing the spice level of your curry paste. I did the oven method. The family loved it.
Steven L.
June 27, 2022
This was excellent. Started on a charcoal grill and finished on a gas grill (charcoal died faster than expected). We made the sweet chili sauce, which I liked, but my wife thought was a bit too sweet (works well on omelets, though). Overall, a keeper.
Vanessa K.
June 18, 2022
Delicious and easy!
This was delicious in every way! Easy to make as well! Taste your marinade before adding all of the curry because depending on the brand, it may be super spicy!! Made in the air fryer grill and it was perfect! Worked well with chicken breast too!
Robyn S.
August 4, 2022
Made this recipe and found if perfectly acceptable, but nothing to write home about. I doubt I'll make it again as there are so many better options out there.

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