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Korean Grilled Chicken Breasts

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These Korean Grilled Chicken Breasts are juicy, sweet, spicy, and have lots of flavor! I grill them all year long, when it’s cold I use my indoor grill pan.

Korean Grilled Chicken Breasts – juicy, flavorful and EASY!Korean Grilled Chicken Breasts

I love Korean food, and these grilled Korean chicken breasts are no exception! The marinade takes boring breast meat and transforms it into a delicious dish great served over rice, as a lettuce wrap or as part of a bowl. More Korean dishes I love are these easy Korean Beef Bowls, Gochujang Glazed Salmon and these Korean inspired Gochujang Glazed Meatballs.

This is the BEST grilled chicken recipe! Not just because I’m obsessed with Korean food, it’s just so juicy and flavorful, and this is coming from a girl her prefers dark meat. It’s also quick and easy to make, perfect for weeknight grilling.

The marinade is so good you’ll never want to buy the bottle stuff, I promise! You can serve the chicken over rice, or with a simple veggie slaw. If you make this, please come back and leave a comment telling me what you think – enjoy!

Tips and Variations

  • So the chicken cooks evenly place the chicken breasts, 1 at a time, in a Ziploc bag. Pound the chicken breast to an even thickness, about ½ inch thick, being careful not to puncture the bag.
  • If you prefer dark meat you can also use this on boneless chicken thighs.
  • To make them into kabobs, cut the chicken in cubes and marinate, then thread onto skewers.

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Korean Grilled Chicken Breasts

4.95 from 72 votes
2
Cals:180
Protein:25
Carbs:9
Fat:4.5
This is the BEST grilled chicken recipe! Not just because I'm obsessed with Korean food, it's just so juicy and flavorful, and this is coming from a girl her prefers dark meat. It's also quick and easy to make, perfect for weeknight grilling.    
Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: Asian, Korean
This is the BEST grilled chicken recipe! Not just because I'm obsessed with Korean food, it's just so juicy and flavorful, and this is coming from a girl her prefers dark meat. It's also quick and easy to make, perfect for weeknight grilling.
Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 5 mins
Marinate Time: 1 hr
Total: 1 hr 20 mins
Yield: 4 servings
Serving Size: 4 oz

Ingredients

  • 1 pound 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut in half lengthwise
  • 1/4 cup low sodium or gluten-free soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped yellow onion
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp grated ginger
  • 1 tbsp light brown sugar
  • 2 garlic cloves crushed
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes optional
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds plus more for topping
  • 2 thinly sliced scallions white and green parts

Instructions

  • Place the chicken breasts, 1 at a time, in a Ziploc bag. Pound the chicken breast to an even thickness, about ½ inch thick, being careful not to puncture the bag.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the soy sauce, apple sauce, onion, sesame oil, ginger, brown sugar, garlic, red pepper flakes, if using and sesame seeds.  Reserve ¼ cup of the marinade and transfer the remainder to the Ziploc bag with the chicken. Refrigerate and marinate for at least 1 hour.
  • Over medium-high heat, grill the chicken for 2 to 3 minutes or until it no longer sticks to the grill. Turn the chicken, spoon the reserved ¼ cup of marinade over each breast and grill an addition 2 to 3 minutes.

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Nutrition

Serving: 4 oz, Calories: 180 kcal, Carbohydrates: 9 g, Protein: 25 g, Fat: 4.5 g, Saturated Fat: 1 g, Cholesterol: 73 mg, Sodium: 666 mg, Fiber: 1 g, Sugar: 6 g

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495 comments on “Korean Grilled Chicken Breasts”

  1. Absolutely delicious!! Perfect for us as written, I served it over quinoa. Thank you for all you do for all of us!!

  2. Delicious and in my rotation! I never have applesauce, so I simmer a cut-up peeled apple with water to make my own. Red pepper flakes are not optional! I use whatever chicken I have on hand, most recently chicken tenders that I smashed with a rolling pin, and I pan fry. This flavor profile would also be great with shrimp or tofu. Great over brown rice with steamed broccoli.

  3. Very tasty and juicy indeed this is now my favorite way to grill chicken, I used a magic bullet to combine the ingredients this allowed me to use a whole apple (no applesauce) but I read someone used a pear will have to try that depending on the season. 

  4. Love this recipe, the marinade makes it great. I did let it go 24 hours, and then grilled. Had it with some steamed broccoil, angel hair pasta and sliced peaches, with thai basil, chives more sesame seeds as a side. (A favorite chicken recipe and I am not even wild about Asian usually but this I love. )

  5. Hi, I’m excited to try this recipe. Do I need to use regular sesame oil or is toasted sesame oil also a good option?
    Thanks!

  6. I made this tonight despite my husband being less than excited when I told him we were having “grilled chicken breasts” for dinner….we both LOVED it & he is as big of a fan of your recipes as I am. Thank you!