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overhead image: Asian BBQ dinner of Gai Yang Chicken served on round platter
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Thai Gai Yang Chicken

This Thai grilled chicken recipe features a spicy lemongrass marinade. Use boneless chicken thighs and you can make this flavorful Asian BBQ in less than 45 minutes!
Prep Time12 minutes
Cook Time8 minutes
Marinate Time45 minutes
Total Time1 hour 5 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian, Thai
Servings: 4
Author: Kevin





  • Whisk together the marinade ingredients. Add the chicken to a Ziploc bag and pour in marinade. Massage to spread the marinade over all the chicken and marinate for 45 minutes tops.
  • Get grill to medium high (350°F). Remove chicken from the marinade and set aside.
  • Cook the chicken for 3-4 minutes each side. Baste with marinade before turning. (SEE NOTES for grilling times).
  • Remove from grill and allow to rest for a few minutes before garnishing with sesame seeds, fresh chiles, cilantro and serve with lime wedges and steamed rice.



Cooking Times for Grilled Chicken
Chicken is considered safe to eat when the internal temperature at the thickest portion reaches 165°F. Because it continues to cook for a couple of minutes as it rests, you can remove it from the heat when the internal temp is 163°F.
Here are the approximate cooking times for chicken grilled at 350°F.
  • Boneless thighs: Grill for 4 minutes per side, then check the internal temp.
  • Bone-in thighs: Grill for 6 minutes per side, then check the internal temp.
  • Boneless breasts: Grill for 5 minutes per side, then check the internal temp.
  • Bone-in breasts: Grill for 7 minutes per side, then check the internal temp.


Calories: 585kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 39g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 222mg | Sodium: 1154mg | Potassium: 584mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 479IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 2mg