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Dinner tonight!: Thai coconut chicken

May 21, 2012 | 11:00 am

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Chicken doesn't have to be boring. Show it a little love with a flavorful marinade and chicken can be downright amazing. Why not dress up your chicken with bright, fresh lime and lemongrass, a little sesame oil and coconut milk, a touch of brown sugar and a hint of heat from some fresh Thai chiles? A Thai coconut marinade is simple, and comes together in minutes. The trick is to give the chicken enough time to properly marinate, so the flavor really soaks in. Get the chicken marinating the night before, or first thing in the morning. When dinnertime rolls around, throw the chicken on the grill -- or bake it in the oven -- and serve it alongside a quick salad and dinner is done. 

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Photo: Thai coconut chicken and marinade ingredients. Credit: Glenn Koenig / Los Angeles Times

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