vertical image of peppered Vietnamese grilled chicken thighs on the grill

Vietnamese Grilled Chicken

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 -8
Calories 272 kcal
Author Tessa the Domestic Diva


  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs or if you prefer, with skin (lean cuts of meat will not work overly well with this dish)


  • 1/4 teaspoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 2 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 4 tablespoons avocado oil

Dipping Sauce (adjust amounts to personal preferences, this is enough for 1-2 people):

  • 1 teaspoon coarse sea salt (not fine ground, it will be too salty)
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 serrano chile sliced (w/ the seeds will be more spicy, without less so)


  1. Mix all marinade ingredients together.
  2. Add in chicken and marinate for at least 3 hours, I usually put it together in the morning or at lunchtime.  *or see tip above*

  3. Preheat grill to hot.
  4. Add chicken to quickly sear for a couple of minutes, then flip to do the same to the other side.
  5. Turn down temp to med-low, close your lid, and let cook gently until done (Meat will register 165 degrees)
  6. Remove from grill, tent with some foil, and let the meat rest a couple of minutes.
  7. Slice and serve with sticky rice and dipping sauce!

Recipe Notes


Nutrition Facts
Vietnamese Grilled Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 272 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 143mg48%
Sodium 1187mg52%
Potassium 414mg12%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Protein 29g58%
Vitamin A 45IU1%
Vitamin C 5mg6%
Calcium 21mg2%
Iron 1.4mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.