Thai Baked Chicken

(from clair’s recipe box)

Source: tweaked from:

Prep time: 120 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes
Serves 6 people

Categories: Chicken, Main Dish


  • 6-8 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves or 12 boneless chicken thighs
  • 1 tbsp garlic-infused olive oil (for skillet)
  • Marinade
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped fresh cilantro
  • 3/4 cup canned coconut milk (look for a brand with NO gums (guar gum, etc))
  • 12 leaves fresh basil
  • 1 large or 2 small jalapeños, seeds removed
  • 1/4 inch slice of fresh ginger
  • 1-1/2 tsp salt
  • 1-1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 3/4 tsp ground coriander
  • 2 tsp packed brown sugar
  • 2 limes cut into wedges, for garnish


  1. Add marinade ingredients to food processor and purée until smooth.

  2. Arrange chicken parts in a single layer in a large freezer bag. Pour marinade over chicken, seal tightly or vacuum seal and massage the marinade into the chicken a bit. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours and up to 24 hours, or simply lay it flat in the freezer and freeze for another day.

  3. When ready to cook, thaw completely. The safest way to thaw is in the refrigerator overnight.

  4. To bake: Preheat oven to 375F. Heat a large oven-proof skillet over medium to high heat. Add oil and wait until it ripples or shimmers. Add chicken pieces and sear on each side for 3-4 minutes, then place skillet in oven for 15 – 20 minutes or until it has reached an internal temperature of 165 degrees.

  5. Cover with foil and let stand on a platter for 5-10 minutes before serving.

  6. If you want to grill it instead: Place chicken on medium-hot well-oiled grill. Turn when chicken has grill marks (approx. 5-6 min). Cook until internal temperature is 165 degrees at the thickest part (about 7-8 minutes).

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