There’s just something about grilled chicken that makes me smile. Not really sure why but I love it. I’m always looking for new ways to spice up the blank canvas that is chicken. Garlic ginger grilled chicken is the latest addition to my palette.

This is a simple recipe. Mix up a marinade. Grill. Baste. Eat. But the flavours are anything but simple. Savoury, assertive, salty, delicious.

Garlic ginger grilled chicken bursts with Japanese flavours but is adapted to western grilling techniques.

The key is in your grilling technique. There’s sugar in the marinade. Sugar burns. That’s why putting barbecue sauce on early is pretty much a guarantee of golden black chicken. Add a few flare-ups and it’s cinder chicken. Nobody wants that. Medium heat. A¬†cooler safety zone to move the chicken out of harms way. Close¬†attention to what you are doing. These are the keys to success every time.

Start the chicken skin side down for the first two minutes to get a bit of colour and some grill marks. Then move it to the safe zone and cook it there. Maybe bring it back over the medium zone a couple times along the way but don’t leave it there to burn. Vigilance.

Garlic ginger grilled chicken brings the flavours of Japan to your backyard.

Garlic ginger grilled chicken bursts with Japanese flavours but is adapted to western grilling techniques.

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Garlic ginger grilled chicken bursts with Japanese flavours but is adapted to western grilling techniques.
garlic ginger grilled chicken
Prep Time
40 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins
The Japanese have been grilling chicken for centuries and this garlic ginger grilled chicken adapted from Tadashi Ono's recipe is a great way to experience it western style. Use a high quality Japanese soy sauce - and light soy (low sodium) is not a bad idea.
Course: Main
Cuisine: Japanese
Servings: 4
Author: romain | glebekitchen
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp sake
  • 2 Tbsp grated ginger - use a microplane
  • 3 cloves garlic - again a microplane works great
  • 2 tsp asian hot sauce - Korean gochujang or Sriracha
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 chicken cut into pieces - or halved - whatever you like
  1. Combine all the ingredients except the chicken and stir well.
  2. Place the chicken pieces on a baking sheet (something that can hold all the chicken in one layer) and pour the marinade over the chicken.
  3. Flip the chicken every ten minutes. Do this 3 or 4 times.
  4. Remove the chicken from the pan.
  5. Carefully pour the marinade into a small sauce pan and bring to a boil. You are sterilizing the marinade here so don't skip this step...
  6. Prepare your grill. If using charcoal (that is way better) build a two stage fire. Medium on one half and low on the other. If using gas just use the knobs to set up the same idea. It won't be as tasty but it will still be good.
  7. Grill the chicken over direct medium heat skin side down for about two minutes. There is sugar in the marinade so it will burn. Watch it closely.
  8. Flip the chicken and move it to the low side of the grill. After 10 minutes baste the chicken with the boiled marinade. Repeat this again after another 10 minutes.
  9. Cook until the internal temperature reaches 160F - somewhere around 25-35 minutes depending on the size of the chicken. Remove from the grill and let rest 5 minutes.
  10. Carve if needed. Serve. Enjoy.


4 thoughts on “garlic ginger grilled chicken

    • You are very welcome. I use gochujang for this recipe and offer Sriracha as an easier to find alternative. Sambal oelek might work but that’s getting pretty far from the recipe. White miso with an asian chili sauce might be closer.

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