Soy Ginger Chicken

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Ginger Chicken- this easy soy ginger grilled chicken is juicy, full of flavor, and easy to make. The sweet, salty, and slightly spicy soy ginger marinade will be your new favorite! This is a winner, winner chicken dinner!

Soy ginger chicken on platter with lime wedges and green onion.

It’s grilling season and if you are looking for a simple and delicious grilled chicken recipe, you have to try this Soy Ginger Chicken. I guarantee it will be a summer staple and a favorite at every BBQ.

The chicken marinade is made with basic ingredients and is easy to whisk up. We like to let the chicken marinate for at least an hour to make sure the chicken has time to soak up lots of flavor. You can marinate it overnight, so this is a great meal prep recipe!

We like to use chicken thighs, but you can use chicken breasts or even drumsticks. The grilled chicken is juicy, tender, and has a sweet, salty, and slightly spicy flavor that you are going to LOVE!

Garnish with green onions and fresh cilantro to brighten up the dish! This easy ginger chicken makes a great weeknight meal or is perfect for entertaining.

soy ginger chicken ingredients.

Key Ingredients

  • Soy sauce– use lite soy sauce, it has less sodium. If you need the recipe to be gluten-free, make sure you use Tamari instead of soy sauce.
  • Brown sugar– to sweeten the marinade.
  • Oil– we use olive oil, but canola or vegetable oil will work too.
  • Ginger– make sure you use fresh ginger. I always keep ginger in the freezer, it stays fresh in the freezer for months. Use a microplane to grate it, you don’t need to thaw it first.
  • Lime– you will need the juice of 1 large lime.
  • Garlic– garlic pairs really well with ginger and soy!
  • Siracha– for a little kick, I promise it isn’t too spicy.
  • Chicken– we like to use chicken thighs because they are juicier and have more flavor than chicken breasts. If you prefer chicken breasts, you can use them. You can even use drumsticks.
  • Green Onions and Cilantro– for garnish and a little extra flavor!
grilled ginger chicken on platter.

How to Make Ginger Chicken

  • First, make the marinade. In a medium bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, brown sugar, oil, ginger, lime juice, garlic, and Siracha.
  • Pour the marinade in a reusable freezer bag with the chicken. Press out the air and seal shut. Place the bag in a bowl and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or overnight.
  • Preheat the grill to high heat. Carefully brush the grill grates with oil to prevent the chicken from sticking. Place the chicken on the hot grill and discard the marinade. Cook for 5 to 7 minutes per side, until browned and cooked through, the internal temperature should be 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Transfer the chicken to a platter and garnish with sliced green onions and cilantro. Serve warm.
  • If you don’t have an outdoor grill, you can make the chicken on the stovetop, just use a grill pan!

Side Dish Ideas

You can serve any of the following dishes with this simple ginger chicken!

ginger chicken with rice on plate.

More Chicken Recipes

Soy Ginger Chicken

Ginger Chicken- this easy soy ginger grilled chicken is juicy, full of flavor, and easy to make. The sweet, salty, and slightly spicy soy ginger marinade will be your new favorite! This is a winner, winner chicken dinner!
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Ingredients
  

  • 1/3 cup lite soy sauce, or Tamari for gluten-free
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • Juice of 1 Lime
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Siracha, or more if you want it spicy
  • 2 1/2 pounds boneless chicken thighs, can use chicken breasts or drumsticks
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Sliced green onions and chopped cilantro, for garnish

Instructions
 

  • First, make the marinade. In a medium bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, brown sugar, oil, ginger, lime juice, garlic, and Siracha.
  • Pour the marinade in a reusable freezer bag with the chicken. Press out the air and seal shut. Place the bag in a bowl and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or overnight.
  • Preheat the grill to high heat. Carefully brush the grill grates with oil to prevent the chicken from sticking. Place the chicken on the hot grill and discard the marinade. Cook for 5 to 7 minutes per side, until browned and cooked through, the internal temperature should be 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Transfer the chicken to a platter and garnish with sliced green onions and cilantro. Serve warm.

Notes

You can marinate the chicken overnight, so this is a great meal prep recipe!
If you don’t have an outdoor grill, you can use a grill pan and cook the chicken on the stovetop. 
If you use chicken breasts or drumsticks, the cooking time might vary slightly. 
Store leftover chicken in an airtight container in the fridge for 3 to 4 days. 

Nutrition

Calories: 423kcal, Carbohydrates: 16g, Protein: 57g, Fat: 17g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g, Monounsaturated Fat: 9g, Cholesterol: 269mg, Sodium: 1363mg, Potassium: 772mg, Fiber: 0.2g, Sugar: 11g, Vitamin A: 70IU, Vitamin C: 2mg, Calcium: 45mg, Iron: 3mg
Keywords chicken, grilling

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I'm Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. 5 stars
    I used this marinade on pork chops and it was super fast and DELICIOUS! Definitely will be making again.