Grilled Hawaiian Chicken with Coconut-Cilantro Rice

Alright, people. If it’s going to be this hot, we have to do something about it. We have to buck up. We have to hold our head high. We have to take charge. We have to stick it to the weatherman!

And by this I mean, fill up your kiddie pool, put on your lei and grass skirt and grab your ukelele. We’re going to Hawaii!

Okay, we’re pretending to go to Hawaii.

I found this grilled Hawaiian chicken recipe while blog-surfing the other day and my jaw slid completely off my face in a river of drool, so I knew there was no other option for me in my life right now than to make this.

And if you don’t decide to feast while fully-clothed in your kiddie pool, you’re totally allowed to remain indoors. Just remember to wear the lei!

Grilled Hawaiian Chicken with Coconut Rice:

Grilled Hawaiian Chicken / Bev Cooks

What it took for 2:

for the chicken:

* 6 chicken thighs
* 3/4 cup soy sauce
* 3/4 cup water
* 3/4 cup coconut milk (from a can, save the rest for the rice)
* 3 huge Tbs brown sugar
* 3 scallions, chopped
* 1/2 white onion, chopped
* 3 cloves garlic, minced
* 1/2 tsp sesame oil

for the rice:

* 1 cup jasmine or basmati rice
* 1 cup (remaining from the can) coconut milk
* 1/2 cup cilantro, plus more for garnish

* on the side – grilled broccoli

Combine everything except the chicken in a large sealable plastic bag, then dump the chicken in. Seal it up, swish it around. Stick her in the fridge for about 4 hours. Flip the chicken half-way through.

When you’re ready to grill, preheat the grill to medium. Add the chicken and grill until cooked through, maybe 6 minutes per side. Tent and let rest a couple of minutes.

Pour the coconut milk and another cup of water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil. Add the rice, cover, reduce heat and simmer about 15 minutes, until the rice is cooked and fluffy. Stir in the cilantro before serving.

Hawaiian chicken, meet rice. Rice, meet Hawaiian chicken. Now run along and fall in love, kids.

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44 Responses to Grilled Hawaiian Chicken with Coconut-Cilantro Rice

  1. Esther July 26, 2011 at 6:27 pm #
    My mouth literally started watering as soon as I saw the title of this post. MUST.MAKE.
    • Bev Weidner July 26, 2011 at 8:44 pm #
      Esther, thank you! And seriously, m.a.k.e. t.h.e.m. s.o.o.n.
      • Esther August 18, 2011 at 3:55 am #
        Made this tonight! That chicken...soooo flavorful. Unbelievable. Thank you!
        • Bev Weidner August 18, 2011 at 3:13 pm #
          Ohhh, so glad you loved it! Thanks for letting me know, Esther!
  2. mimi July 27, 2011 at 1:19 pm #
    Makes me a little homesick!!! Will have to try it this week!
    • Bev Weidner July 27, 2011 at 1:23 pm #
      Oh I bet Mimi! Try them, you'll cry.
  3. Carolyn | Fresh Cut Spaces July 29, 2011 at 1:36 am #
  4. liz May 5, 2012 at 12:36 am #
    have you posted this on pinterest?
    • Bev Weidner May 5, 2012 at 2:39 pm #
      I did a while back, yes! Feel free to pin away though. ;)
      • liz May 5, 2012 at 6:01 pm #
        preparing monday for some dinner guests....i'll let u know how it turns out! please follow my business on facebook....trilogy marketing communications (lady in blue with briefcase) thanks!
        • liz May 9, 2012 at 2:54 am #
          prepared for dinner guest on monday...they loved it! thanks
  5. jennifer May 23, 2012 at 10:35 pm #
    do you think if i leave it marinated over night it will be too strong? Thanks
    • Bev Weidner May 23, 2012 at 11:00 pm #
      Nawww, I don't think so! I really bet it will be deelish!
    • Tracy Owens June 14, 2013 at 9:00 pm #
      I marinated was perfect.
  6. Diane January 16, 2013 at 3:43 pm #
    I found this recipe on Pinterest a year ago and have made it many times. It is SO TASTY and now many of my friends and family make 'coconut cilantro rice'. :) Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful recipe!
  7. Katie February 12, 2013 at 7:33 pm #
    This looks delish! Can I bake or sear the chicken instead of grilling?
    • Anonymous May 2, 2013 at 7:09 pm #
      I made it in a skillet, I also used boneless skinless chicken breast. I just cut it into cubes, mixed it all together, marinated and cooked. I was delicious!!!
  8. Anonymous May 2, 2013 at 7:03 pm #
    Made it tonight, however I did not have soy sauce replaced it with teriyaki sauce. It was delicious!!!!! I am going to make it next time with soy sauce and see which I like best. Oh and instead of broccoli on the side I added into the mix, marinated and cooked all together. Overall we loved it!!!!!!
  9. Tracy Owens June 14, 2013 at 8:58 pm #
    This was an amazing dish. My husband said it was the best dinner I have made in eighteen yrs. of marriage. Thanks for sharing!!!!
  10. Winnie July 24, 2013 at 7:18 am #
    I am head over heels in love with the idea of this chicken, Bev! Cannot wait to make it ;) Hope you are feeling good!
  11. Anne September 29, 2013 at 2:22 pm #
    Just saw this recipe on Pinterest. Will definitely be making it this week, thank you! I already do a coconut rice recipe with Thai Green Curry (add a bit of lime just before serving) so can't wait to try the chicken! Thanks for the inspiration!
  12. Janelle October 28, 2013 at 8:01 am #
    I stumbled upon this recipe via pinterest and had to make it right away. I used boneless skinless thighs and marinaded my chicken over night - grilled it and it was super tasty. Even as leftovers it was packed with good flavor. Will def keep this in my circulation of chicken dishes to make monthly. Thanks for sharing!
  13. Rebecca March 11, 2014 at 7:15 pm #
    I just made this tonight everybody loved it!!!! Thanks for the recipe
  14. Kristen July 12, 2014 at 4:06 pm #
    We made this recipe this week for dinner and both my husband and I loved it! Such great flavors. We did substitute gluten-free tamari for the soy sauce but I don't think that changed the flavor much. We served it with skewers that had chunks of pineapple, red bell pepper, and red onion and those flavors worked perfectly with the tropical flavors of the chicken and the rice. There aren't a lot of things that I put on our make-it-again list but we will definitely have these again. So good! Thanks for sharing the recipe!
  15. Lauren March 1, 2015 at 2:48 pm #
    This is by far the best chicken recipe I've ever made from Pinterest...maybe ever. Huge hit with everyone I've made it for. And that rice! Yum!!!
  16. business-To-consumer March 2, 2015 at 9:56 pm #
    What a stuff of un-ambiguity and preserveness of precious knowledge regarding unexpected feelings.
  17. Anonymous May 17, 2017 at 11:05 am #
    My family's favorite meal I make!! Thanks SO much for sharing!
  18. hartgirlpdx April 25, 2020 at 7:48 pm #
    This recipe was so delicious! My whole family loved it, which is saying a lot! The chicken had so much flavor and the rice tasted so tropical. I only had time to marinate it for an hour, but it was still great! I’ll definitely make this again.?


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