Asian BBQ Chicken

 This Asian BBQ Chicken recipe is always on my most-requested list! That may be because I make it so often for company. And that may be because it’s always a reliable hit. It’s one of the very first recipes I ever posted here on the blog and it was long overdue for a photo makeover!  If you haven’t discovered this one, then definitely put it on your to-make list.  And check out my recommendations for side dishes at the end of this post, because it’s so, so great with a yummy rice dish, and I’ve got several for ya!

Asain BBQ Chicken on Plate

Start with a little somethin’ somethin’ sweet: brown sugar.

And some freshly grated ginger.
Brown sugar + fresh ginger = love.

And some fresh garlic.
Brown sugar + fresh ginger + garlic = supa’ love.

Asian BBQ Chicken Marinade

For a little kick, toss in some red pepper flakes.  It does add a little bite, but not crazy spice.  My toddlers eat it.  They also eat sand and stuff they pick out of their noses, so maybe they’re not the best judges, but take it for what it’s worth.

And some curry powder.

Make this easy on yourself and toss all of this in a ziplock bag.

Now that we’ve got the dry flavors- add the liquids.
A squeeze of fresh lime juice.

Squish it all together, and add your chicken.
And seriously, make it with chicken thighs. Don’t argue with me.

Asian BBQ Chicken Marinade
Then grill it up on your bbq (or use an indoor grill pan or broiler if you don’t have a bbq)

asian bbq chicken plated with rice

One of the reasons I love this chicken is that it can be served with so many things.  You can go Asian-ish, or Thai-ish, or Polynesian-ish.

I love it with this Lime-Cilantro Rice with Pineapple, and it’s also great with Sweet and Savory Coconut Rice, or even Fried Rice.  When I made it for these photos I made some Jasmine rice and when it was done cooking I added a few pats of butter, a handful of both sliced green onions and cilantro, some diced mango and salt and pepper.

And if you end up with extra chicken, try this Asian BBQ Chicken Pizza!


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Asian BBQ Chicken on Plate


A combo of sweet and savory, this chicken compliments any Asian or Island inspired meal.


1/4 C packed brown sugar
1/4 C soy sauce
2 T lime juice (about 1 lime)
1/4 t cayenne pepper
1/4 t curry powder
34 garlic cloves, minced
1 t grated fresh ginger
8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
Optional: sliced green onions for garnish


Combine everything but the chicken in a small bowl. Whisk to dissolve brown sugar. Place marinade and chicken in a zip-lock bag. Pop that bag in the fridge for a minimum of 4 hours, or longer if you have it (even overnight).

Preheat a grill (or an indoor grill pan or broiler). Spray cooking surface with cooking spray and place chicken on it to cook. Cook for 5-10 minutes on each side depending on the thickness.  Optional:  garnish with sliced green onions.



When I make this I usually make 1 1/2 times the marinade.  I reserve some of the marinade before adding the chicken and then use it in the last few minutes of grilling, or just brush it on after for extra flavor.



  1. YUMMY!!! This is my new favorite!! I grilled this and then used it for tacos with some creamy cilantro lime salad dressing (cafe rio knock off)…i could have eaten them all night…..

  2. I have company coming over tonight so of course this is where I came for a recipe. I did a search for ‘company’ and this is one of my choices 😉 It looks fantastic, so this is what’s for dinner!!! Wish me luck! Now to figure out a good side!

  3. This is going into my regular repertiore! My entire family loved this, including my 4 kids. I took it easy on the cayenne pepper but I'll add a little more next time.

    I made this with the cilantro lime rice, it was a nice compliment.

  4. I'm new to cooking (finally learning at a 33!) and after being completely grossed out by the chicken thighs, the dish turned out very well. My 8 year old daughter loved it! She is only worried there won't be enough left over to make the Asian chicken pizza tomorrow AND take some in her lunch.

    Thanks for an awesome site and wonderful (EASY) recipes!

  5. Sara do you ever get tired of greatness?? You rock!! My husband would kill to have you as a wife! I have cooked about 5 meals in 7 or 8 days, that’s good, right?

  6. Sara, I want to frame that picture. I’m not even kidding, I opened it up big and stared at the green onions for like five minutes. You have a gallery piece there, my friend!

    Oh- and it looks like it would be wonderful to eat, too. I looked at the ingredient picture and my mouth started watering! Can’t go wrong with that mix!

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