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Thai Dipping Sauce For Chicken

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Thai dipping sauce for chicken is a sweet, spicy, and tangy condiment that you can put on absolutely anything! Drizzle it over Thai chicken satay, juicy grilled meats, or your favorite appetizers, this is the most versatile dip of all time.

Top-down view of Thai dipping sauce for chicken in a glass cup, garnished with strips of culantro and spicy chili flakes.

Thai dipping sauce for chicken

This Thai chicken dipping sauce is the secret touch your meals have been missing.

It’s sweet, spicy, and tangy, all at once, and ridiculously easy to whip up at home. It’s a game changer for your next chicken dishes.

Homemade dipping sauce for chicken? Yes, yes, yes! No more store-bought! It’s fresher, healthier, and you can tweak the heat.

There’s something about this sauce that just feels right. Maybe it’s the way it clings to your skewers or adds just that right amount of spice to grilled meats.

Best thing? It’s not just for chicken! Drizzle it over fresh vegetables, dunk your spring rolls, or stir it into plain rice. This sauce pairs with pretty much everything.

Why try this chicken dipping sauce

Close-up of homemade dipping sauce for chicken in a glass sauce cup.

Why try this recipe

  • Healthier and heartier: Making homemade dipping sauces is healthier and wholesome. It’s free from preservatives and high sugar levels. You’re in control, make this Thai sauce for chicken yours today!
  • It’s so versatile: Drizzle it, dress it, or drip it over your favorite chicken dishes. It pairs with everything, fried chicken, grilled chicken, noodles, …
  • Quick and easy: In under 10 minutes, you can whip up this easy dipping sauce for chicken. Less time cooking, more time enjoying!

Ingredients

Ingredients can be sourced at Asian grocery stores and Asian markets.
The exact measurements are in the recipe card at the end of this post.


Top-view of ingredients for chicken dipping sauce: palm sugar, fish sauce, tamarind sauce, culantro, water, and chili flakes.
  • Tamarind sauce – Tamarind sauce has a distinctive tangy and sour taste. It’s a game-changer for this chicken sauce. You can get it at Asian grocery stores.
  • Palm sugar – Sweeten things up the natural way with palm sugar. In Thai cuisine, it’s the go-to for adding a rich, caramel-like sweetness. It’s a healthier alternative to white sugar or brown sugar.
  • Fish sauce – This umami-packed savory sauce is a staple in Southeast Asian cooking. It adds an irresistible salty flavor to the dipping sauce.
  • Thai chili flakes – For adding that spicy kick we all love. Add to taste to add a fiery heat or a gentle warmth.
  • Culantro – Culantro is often referred to as “Mexican coriander”.
  • Water – Binds the ingredients into one flavor-packed sauce that’s simply irresistible.

Cooking instructions

Chunks of palm sugar dissolving in traditional Thai dipping sauce for chicken.

1. Warm the tamarind paste, palm sugar, fish sauce, and water in a sauce pan or non-stick skillet over medium heat.

Pouring homemade chicken dipping sauce from a spoon into a sauce pan.

2. As the sugar dissolves, the ingredients transform into a thickened sauce. This is your cue to add the chili flakes, giving a good stir to spread that spicy kick.

Bubbling Thai chicken dipping sauce with spicy chili flakes in a pot.

3. Remove the chicken dipping sauce from the heat and let it cool to room temperature. Before you’re ready to serve, sprinkle over strips of freshly chopped culantro.

Kitchen tools

  • Small saucepan with wooden spoon for stirring.

How to serve

Transfer the chicken dip to a sauce cup or dipping bowl. Add a sprinkle of chopped culantro leaves.

Serving suggestions

  • Thai chicken wings – These wings are a perfectly marinated, saucy match for this dip.
  • Thai shrimp rolls – Healthy, crispy, and fresh shrimp rolls begging to be dunked into your flavorful dip. So good!
  • Pork and shrimp wonton – This is the kind of combo that makes you wonder how you ever lived without it.
  • Tod mun pla – These savory cakes and a spicy dip are just perfect.
  • Thai fried chicken – Thai fried chicken dipping sauce, yes please!
  • Thai ribs – These ribs and this dip is a combo that you won’t ever forget.

How to store

Store your leftover dipping sauce in the refrigerator. Pour it into an airtight container or a mason jar with a tight lid to keep it fresh. It’ll stay fresh for up to a week or two.

If the sauce has thickened, just reheat it gently on the stovetop over low heat.

Frequently asked questions

Can I make this recipe in advance?

Yes, you can make this sauce ahead of time and store it in your fridge in an airtight container. When you’re ready to serve, simply reheat it on the stovetop over low heat.

Can I make this into a vegetarian dipping sauce?

Yes, you can substitute the fish sauce with soy sauce or a vegetarian fish sauce alternative.

Is this dipping sauce spicy?

You can alter the spiciness of this chicken sauce by adjusting the amount of chili flakes in this recipe.

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Thai Dipping Sauce For Chicken

Top-down view of Thai dipping sauce for chicken in a glass cup, garnished with strips of culantro and spicy chili flakes.
This easy-to-make, irresistible tangy and spicy Thai chicken dipping sauce is perfect for transforming any dish into a flavor-bomb.
Praew
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Cuisine Thai
Course Dipping sauce
Serving Size 1

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup tamarind paste
  • 1/3 cup palm sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 tablespoon chili flakes
  • 2 culantro leaves finely chopped

Instructions

  • Warm the tamarind paste, palm sugar, fish sauce, and water in a cooking pot or non-stick skillet over medium heat.
  • As the sugar dissolves, the ingredients transform into a thickened sauce. This is your cue to add the chili flakes, giving a good stir to spread that spicy kick.
  • Remove the chicken dipping sauce from the heat and let it cool to room temperature. Before you're ready to serve, sprinkle over strips of freshly chopped culantro.

Notes

  • Use the nutrition card in this recipe as a guideline.
  • Adjust the spiciness by adding more or less Thai chili flakes.

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