Coconut Chicken to Start of the Grilling Season

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I was looking through some recipes I had pinned on Pinterest and my husband happened to be looking over my shoulder and he expressed a lot of interest in a picture of some grilled chicken. The recipe was for Hawaiian grilled chicken and it looked extremely simple. And what made me want to make it was that surprisingly I had all the ingredients already on hand!

I thought the name of the recipe was a little bit of a misnomer though. I had expected to incorporate pineapple, either fresh or canned, into the recipe, but the original version seemed to leave that out. I was a bit curious, but figured that the use of coconut milk would give this dish its tropical flavors. The recipe also called for 2 cups of soy sauce; in my mind, that was an extremely large amount of sodium! When I think of tropical flavors, I don’t think of soy sauce. So I’ve tweaked this recipe a little bit from the original version that I pinned.

One thing I would recommend is making coconut rice to accompany the dish. This is easily accomplished by substituting out half the amount of water to cook rice with coconut milk. Since I had already made brown rice, I wasn’t patient enough to wait for another batch of rice to finish cooking. Allowing the chicken to marinate for over 5 hours, I believe, also added to the texture and flavor of the chicken. It was so incredibly juicy and moist. So make sure you have plenty of time to let the chicken sit in the coconut milk bath before grilling!

Cook Time: 10 minutes
Serving Size: 4

Ingredients:
4 skinless chicken breast
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon of sesame oil
1/2 cup coconut milk

In a large bowl, combine the soy sauce, water, brown sugar, garlic, sesame oil, and coconut milk. Marinade the chicken, covered, for at least 5 hours to make sure the flavor gets infused.

Grill the chicken on a low heat, so that the marinade does not burn, for about 5-7 minutes per side or until done. You’ll notice a beautiful caramel red color beginning to form. Serve immediately.

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