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Thai Inspired Grilled Chicken Marinade

Thai Inspired Grilled Chicken Marinade

Thai Inspired Chicken Marinade

Tired of the same old grilled chicken rubs and marinades? Look no further than this recipe – a Thai-inspired marinade that delivers the perfect balance between spicy, sweet and savory.

There are a couple of not so secret secrets to this recipe.
1) Reuse pickle juice from those store bought burger pickles. It provides the ultimate base for a briny marinade that we can spice up with various other flavors and infuse our chicken with.
2) The beauty of the recipe is that you’ll use the same ingredients for the marinade as you will for the sauce that you’ll coat the chicken with after grilling. The only difference is the amounts are not the same. You want more sweetness on the sauce, and more saltiness on the marinade.
3) As with most grilling, the perfect combination happens when you combine a great marinade with a post-grilling coating of an equally great sauce.

Thai Inspired Chicken Marinade

Thai Inspired Chicken Marinade

Enhance your grilled chicken with this spicy, sweet and savory marinade and sauce.
4.80 from 5 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Resting Time 2 hrs
Course Appetizer, Side
Cuisine American, Thai
Servings 4 people



  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lime juice
  • 2 cloves garlic sliced
  • 1 inch ginger sliced
  • 1/2 cup pickle juice
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp chili flakes
  • 3 tbsp Thai fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp parsley flakes


  • 1 lime juice
  • 2 tbsp Thai fish sauce
  • 1/4 cup pickle juice
  • 1/5 cup sugar
  • 1 garlic clove sliced
  • 1 tsp chili flakes
  • 1 tsp corn starch
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil



  • In a bowl, mix olive oil, lime juice, and pickle juice.
  • Add sugar, and whisk vigorously until dissolved.
  • Add the rest of the marinade ingredients, mix well.
  • Add chicken breast strips, and leave covered over night or for at least 2 hours in the refrigerator.
  • Grill chicken over medium heat until golden brown on the outside, and juicy on the inside.


  • Mix all ingredients except for corn starch and water in a pan.
  • Bring to a boil while gently whisking. Let simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Add corn starch to water in a separate bowl and whisk until dissolved.
  • Add half of the corn starch mix to the sauce, and simmer for another 5 minutes. Add more if needed for texture.
  • Remove and cool down slightly.
  • Pour a third of the sauce on top of the grilled chicken. Save the rest as additional sauce and dressing.


Makes enough for about 1-2 lbs of chicken breasts
Keyword chicken, marinade, thai
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