Authentic Thai Grilled Chicken Recipe

Authentic Thai Grilled Chicken, known as Gai Yang in Thai, is a popular street food delicacy that combines the unique flavors of Thailand into a juicy, flavorful dish. Marinated in a blend of aromatic herbs and spices, then grilled to perfection, Gai Yang is often served with sticky rice and a spicy dipping sauce. Here’s how to make this delicious Thai grilled chicken at home, bringing a taste of Thailand to your backyard barbecue.


For the Chicken:

  • 4 chicken thighs (bone-in, skin-on) or a whole chicken, cut into parts
  • 1 tablespoon white pepper (or to taste)
  • 2 tablespoons coriander seeds, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon lemongrass, finely minced
  • 1 tablespoon galangal or ginger, finely minced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon palm sugar or brown sugar
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

For the Dipping Sauce (Nam Jim Jaew):

  • 2 tablespoons tamarind concentrate
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon palm sugar or brown sugar
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 teaspoon chili flakes (adjust to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon toasted rice powder (optional for texture and nuttiness)
  • 2 tablespoons shallots, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons green onions, chopped


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