This Asian Chicken Marinade is loaded with so much flavor. Take your grilled or baked chicken to this next level with this sweet and savory marinade.

Close up image of Asian Chicken topped with sesame seeds and chopped green onions
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I love using marinades on my easy grilled chicken recipes. My family loves the Asian flavors that is combined with the simple spices and sauces to make this marinade.

If you are looking to change up your chicken recipe, use this marinade. You may even love this Grilled Sticky Chicken Breasts Recipe.

Why This Recipe Works

We love this marinade recipe because it is made with simple pantry staples. I can use this marinade on all my Asian chicken recipes. It is delicious whether I am grilling chicken, baking chicken or making a chicken stir fry.

This marinade leave this chicken tender, juicy and full of amazing flavor.

Ingredients

Asian Chicken marinade ingredients - soy sauce, brown sugar, oil, minced garlic, rice vinegar, sesame oil
  • Low Sodium Soy Sauce
  • Dark Brown Sugar
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Minced Garlic
  • Ground Ginger
  • Rice Vinegar
  • Sesame Oil

Scroll to the bottom of the post for the full recipe and ingredients.

Variations Ideas

  • Spices – Making marinade at home you can easily control the ingredients that you add. Feel free to add in ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes. You can also substitute the minced garlic with fresh garlic or garlic powder. Use fresh ginger instead of ground ginger.
  • Chicken – This marinade can be used 1 ½ to 2 pounds chicken which includes boneless skinless chicken breast, boneless skinless chicken thighs, or drumsticks.
  • Soy Sauce – For a gluten-free option, you can substitute the soy sauce with tamari or coconut aminos.
  • Additions – This marinade can be made with simple additions that add amazing flavor. We recommend a tablespoon of honey, lime juice or maple syrup.

Step by Step Instructions

  • Step 1 – Combine Marinade Ingredients – In a bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, dark brown sugar, vegetable oil, minced garlic, ground ginger, rice vinegar, and sesame oil. Add crushed red pepper flakes if using.
Combining the marinade ingredients in a bowl
  • Step 2 – Add Chicken – Place the chicken pieces in a Ziploc Freezer bag or shallow dish.
  • Step 3 – Pour Marinade on Chicken – Pour the marinade over the chicken, ensuring all pieces are well coated.
Pouring marinade over chicken in a zip lock bag
  • Step 4 – Marinate Chicken – Seal the bag or cover the dish and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, or up to 8 hours for more flavor.
  • Step 4 – Cook Chicken – When ready to cook, remove the chicken from the marinade and discard the remaining liquid. Cook the chicken as desired.

Recipe Tips

  • Marinade – It’s recommended to discard the used marinade. You can also boil it for several minutes, If you plan to use it as a sauce. Which eliminates any potential bacteria from the raw chicken. 
  • Combine Ingredients – Mix the marinade ingredients in a small bowl completely. Adjust the seasoning based on what you prefer.
Close up image of Asian Chicken on a plate with white rice

Serving Suggestions

This Asian Chicken Marinade Recipe is delicious served with your favorite easy side dish recipes. When serving this Asian Chicken Marinade garnish it with green onion and sesame seeds.

Try these family favorite side dish to serve with this delicious chicken recipe.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you Freeze Chicken in Marinade

If you would like to make this marinade chicken ahead of time, we recommend freezing it. Place the chicken in zip top bag with the marinade. Remove any excess air and label the bag. This chicken in the marinade will stay fresh for up to 2 months.

How Long to Marinate Chicken

For the best flavor, make sure to marinate the chicken for at least an hour. But you can also marinade up to 8 hours. Place in the fridge while the chicken is marinating.

How to Reheat Chicken

We think the chicken taste even better the next day. Reheat the chicken in the oven or microwave with a side of roasted vegetables for a delicious meal idea.

Asian Chicken breast on a plate

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Asian Chicken Marinade

5 from 1 vote
This Asian Chicken Marinade is loaded with so much flavor. Take your grilled or baked chicken to this next level with this sweet and savory marinade.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Marinating Time 1 hour
Total Time 7 minutes
Servings 4
Cuisine Asian
Course Marinade & Seasonings
Calories 432

Ingredients

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Instructions

  • In a bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, dark brown sugar, vegetable oil, minced garlic, ground ginger, rice vinegar, and sesame oil. Add crushed red pepper flakes if using.
  • Place the chicken pieces in a Ziploc bag or shallow dish.
  • Pour the marinade over the chicken, ensuring all pieces are well coated. 4. Seal the bag or cover the dish and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, or up to 8 hours for more flavor.
  • When ready to cook, remove the chicken from the marinade and discard the remaining liquid. Cook the chicken as desired.

Recipe Notes

It’s recommended to discard the used marinade or boil it for several minutes if you plan to use it as a sauce to eliminate any potential bacteria from the raw chicken.
Can marinate from 1-8 hours.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 432kcal, Carbohydrates 18g, Protein 40g, Fat 22g, Saturated Fat 4g, Polyunsaturated Fat 10g, Monounsaturated Fat 6g, Trans Fat 0.1g, Cholesterol 109mg, Sodium 1823mg, Potassium 756mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 14g, Vitamin A 52IU, Vitamin C 4mg, Calcium 41mg, Iron 2mg

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