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Sticky, Sweet & Spicy Grilled Ginger Chicken

Sticky, Sweet & Spicy Grilled Ginger Chicken with a flavorful sweet and spicy soy ginger glaze. This Thai chicken marinade is perfect for using chicken thighs, drumsticks or breasts and perfect when you don’t feel like turning on the oven!

Course Dairy Free, Dinner, Gluten Free, Grain Free
Cuisine American, Asian
Keyword grilled ginger chicken, honey ginger chicken, spicy grilled ginger chicken
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 456 kcal
Author Monique Volz of AmbitiousKitchen.com


  • 1/3 cup Fusia Asian Inspirations Soy Sauce
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 tablespoons Carlini Toasted Sesame Oil or Olive Oil
  • 2 tablespoons Simply Nature Organic Wildflower Honey
  • 2 tablespoons packed Simply Nature Organic Light Brown Sugar (or sub coconut sugar)
  • 1 small or medium lime, juiced
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger
  • 1 teaspoon Stonemill Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
  • 2 ½ pounds chicken drumsticks, skin removed (or chicken breasts and/or thighs will also work)
  • To garnish:
  • Chopped Southern Grove Honey Roasted Peanuts
  • Diced green onion
  • Diced cilantro


  1. Make the chicken marinade. In a large bowl, whisk together soy sauce, water, oil, honey, brown sugar, lime juice, garlic, ginger and red pepper flakes. Reserve 1/2 cup of marinade and place in a small bowl in the fridge. You’ll use this for glazing the chicken on the grill later.
  2. Marinate the chicken: Pat the drumsticks dry, remove the skin, season them with a pinch of salt, and add them to the large bowl or a shallow dish with the Thai chicken marinade. Mix to coat the chicken evenly, then marinate in the refrigerator for a minimum of 1 hour, or up to 24 hours.
  3. About a half hour before you’re ready to cook the chicken, remove the chicken from the marinade and allow it to come to room temperature. Preheat a grill to 400 degrees F.
  4. Grill the chicken: brush the hot grill grate with oil. Place the chicken on the grill and cook for 8 minutes, then flip. Generously brush each drumstick with the reserved marinade a few times, and grill for an additional 8 minutes. Turn the chicken over one last time, brush again with the remaining marinade, and cook for 5 more minutes or until no pink remains in the center of the chicken.
  5. To serve: Place the chicken on a platter or large plate, then garnish with honey roasted peanuts, diced green onion and cilantro. Serves 4, 2 drumsticks each.
Nutrition Facts
Sticky, Sweet & Spicy Grilled Ginger Chicken
Amount Per Serving (2 drumsticks)
Calories 456 Calories from Fat 163
% Daily Value*
Fat 18.1g28%
Saturated Fat 3.5g22%
Carbohydrates 17.1g6%
Fiber 0.2g1%
Sugar 14.4g16%
Protein 54g108%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.