Thai Coconut Grilled Chicken Tenders with Coconut Turmeric Dipping Sauce

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Grilled chicken tenders in a Thai curry and coconut marinade with a sweet and spicy coconut turmeric dipping sauce are healthy, flavorful, and easy to make! Grill some for dinner tonight! (gluten-free)



For the chicken:

  • 1.5 lb chicken tenders or boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 1 cup canned coconut milk
  • 4 tsp red curry paste
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger, grated (or ginger paste)
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tsp sesame oil

For the coconut turmeric dipping sauce:

  • 1 container coconut Greek yogurt (or coconut based yogurt)
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 2 tsp chopped fresh cilantro
  • Pinch sea salt
  • Pinch freshly cracked black pepper


  1. If you're using whole chicken breasts, slice chicken breast into 1-inch tenders.
  2. In a large container, stir together coconut milk, curry paste, ginger paste, cilantro, lime and sesame oil. Add chicken and stir to coat. Refrigerate 30 minutes to an hour.
  3. Prepare dipping sauce. In a small bowl, stir together all sauce ingredients. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  4. Heat grill to medium heat. Clean and oil the grates.
  5.  Grill chicken 6-8 minutes per side, or until grill lines begin to appear. Lower heat and continue cooking until chicken is cooked through. A thermometer inserted into the center should read 165°F.
  6. Remove chicken from grill and serve with dipping sauce.


  • If you don't have a grill, you can make these chicken tenders on a grill pan on the stove, or in the oven on a baking sheet. To bake, place the tenders on a baking sheet lined with parchment or a silicone baking mat and bake at 375°F for 20-25 minutes, or until cooked through.
  • I've made these with coconut yogurt in place of the coconut milk in the marinade. It's still delicious but sticks to the grill a little more.
  • If you prefer more spice, you can increase the curry paste and/or add some chili flakes to the marinade.
  • For dairy-free, use coconut-based yogurt in place of coconut Greek yogurt.

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