Korean BBQ Chicken Marinade

Korean BBQ Chicken Marinade


"This sauce is from the very popular 'chicken bowls' in my hometown. It's very tasty! Use it as a marinade for chicken, or to baste chicken while grilling. Increase the hot chile paste as desired. Four tablespoons is usually as much as anyone can take!"

Ingredients 25 m {{adjustedServings}} servings 20 cals

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  • Calories:
  • 20 kcal
  • 1%
  • Fat:
  • 0.1 g
  • < 1%
  • Carbs:
  • 4.9g
  • 2%
  • Protein:
  • 0.3 g
  • < 1%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Sodium:
  • 304 mg
  • 12%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. In a medium saucepan over high heat, whisk together the sugar, soy sauce, water, onion powder, and ground ginger. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, and simmer 5 minutes.
  2. Remove the mixture from heat, cool, and whisk in lemon juice and hot chile paste. Place chicken in the mixture. Cover, and marinate in the refrigerator at least 4 hours before preparing chicken as desired.
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This was awesome. I tweaked it a bit by adding 1 tsp minced garlic and I subst. red pepper flakes (1 heaping tsp)for the paste. I found this recipe at the last minute so I didnt marinate. I used 10 chicken tenderloins, removed the tendons, fat, etc, and cut into bite sized pieces. I then put the chicken in a 9x13 pan and poured enough of the marinade to cover chicken. I covered with foil and baked at 350 for 35 min. stirring halfway through to make sure chicken was covered evenly with sauce. I reduced the remaining marinade in a saucepan, added a bit more water and thickened with cornstarch. When Chicken was done, I added some steamed broccoli florets and the thickened sauce right to the 9x13 pan and tossed to coat, served over jasmine rice. NO leftovers in my house, My husband ate 3 helpings! Even my 2 and 3 year olds ate it up! Definitely a keeper!

chibi chef

I served chicken with this marinade to my Korean parents for dinner. My mom, who said she wasn't hungry before we started eating, ended up going back for seconds and exclaimed that it was delicious. The only changes I made was to decrease the sugar by 1/3 C(trying to make it healthier), and add minced garlic and a touch of sesame oil. Gotta have garlic when you're making Korean!

Beth Packer

This is a keeper in my house--especially for my picky husband who loves to BBQ. I took the advice of others and used red pepper flakes since they are handy, added crushed garlic and sesame seeds sprinked on top, and reserved some of the marinade (thickened with cornstarch) to pour over the chicken and the other side dishes. Thinking ahead the next time, I doubled the marinade. I used half of the marinade for that nights dinner and put the other half of the marinade with a few pieces of raw chicken in a ziplock for a second dinner. I put that bag of marinading chicken in the freezer. It marinaded while it froze, then 2 weeks later it marinaded while it defrosted for about 48 hours in my fridge. It made for an easy dinner--we threw it on the BBQ and made some rice and veggies. Thanks for the great marinade!