Spicy Korean BBQ Chicken Recipe- this SPICY marinade is the same as you get at your favorite Korean BBQ joint. Red chile pepper base with a sweet after taste. Great on the grill or in stir fry. www.savoryexperiments.com

Spicy Korean BBQ Chicken

Course: Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine: Korean
Keyword: BBQ Chicken, chicken marinade, korean bbq chicken, korean chicken
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 352kcal
Author: Jessica Formicola
Spicy Korean BBQ Chicken is a spicy chicken marinade using chile garlic sauce, dark soy sauce and apple to balance the sweet. Use on any type of chicken and grill to perfection. 
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  • 1/2 cup chile garlic sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon dark soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoon rice wine
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 3 tablespoons apple grated
  • 1/2 yellow onion grated
  • 1 inch nub fresh ginger grated
  • 1 garlic clove grated
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 6 chicken thighs
  • Scallions and sesame seeds for garnish
  • Quick fried veggies
  • Coconut Cilantro Rice


  • Mix chile garlic sauce through coarse salt in a medium bowl. Remove 1/2 cup for basting and set aside.
  • Marinate chicken in remaining sauce for 1-24 hours.
  • Heat BBQ grill to medium-high heat. Oil grill and set chicken on in-direct heat for 25 minutes, turning occasionally.
  • Move to direct heat and baste with remaining spicy sauce for 10 minutes+. Chicken should register at 165 degrees.
  • Serve with quick fried veggies and Cilantro Coconut Rice. See notes for what I used.
  • If you've tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was! 


Instead of grating, place apple, onion, ginger and garlic in a small food processor and grind until a paste and wet.
You can use any type of chicken, breasts, drumsticks, etc.


Calories: 352kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 110mg | Sodium: 1612mg | Potassium: 269mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 90IU | Vitamin C: 1.2mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 0.9mg