Grilled Chili Peach Chicken

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Grilled Chili Peach Chicken — Tender, juicy, and full of FLAVOR from the sweet peach preserves and chili garlic sauce!! The perfect contrast! EASY, healthy, ready in 10 minutes, zero cleanup, perfect for backyard barbecues or easy weeknight dinners!

three Grilled Chili Peach Chicken breasts on white platter

Spicy-Sweet Chili Peach Chicken

Chicken on the grill is always a winner. Tender, so juicy, and full of flavor that you can only achieve on the grill.

With summer grilling season in full swing, this grilled chicken recipe will come in handy when you need an easy, healthy dinner, with zero cleanup, that’s ready in 10 minutes. It reminds me a bit of this Sweet Chili Grilled Chicken!

I made this peach chicken with peach preserves, but you could easily amp up that delicious peach flavor by grilling peaches alongside it.

I like using peach preserves because they caramelize once heated on the grill and make this chicken incredibly sweet and sticky. The chili sauce balances out the sweetness from the preserves perfectly! 

What’s in This Chili Peach Chicken? 

For this easy grilled chicken recipe, you’ll need: 

  • Peach preserves 
  • Low-sodium soy sauce
  • Chili garlic sauce
  • Olive oil
  • Lemon juice (or apple cider vinegar)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Chicken breasts
  • Fresh cilantro, for garnishing (optional) 

Note: All ingredients amounts are listed in the recipe card section when you keep scrolling down.

sliced Grilled Chili Peach Chicken

How to Make Grilled Chicken 

This recipe is a cinch to make as is most anything on the grill!

  1. Add everything but the chicken into a bowl and whisk to combine.
  2. Then pour about 3/4 of the marinade into a zip-top baggie.
  3. Add in the chicken. Tip – Before adding it, pound the chicken to an even thickness with a meat tenderizing mallet for best grilling results.
  4. Squish the chicken around to coat it in the marinade, then set it in the fridge for at least an hour to soak up all those flavors. 
  5. Once marinated, grill the chicken breasts on a preheated grill.
  6. Brush the reserved marinade over the chicken while it cooks, rest, slice, and serve it. 

How Long Should I Marinate Chicken?

If I plan ahead, I like to marinate my chicken overnight for the full flavor effect, but if you’re running short on time, even 30 to 60 minutes will do

The chicken marinates in sweet peach preserves, soy sauce, chili garlic sauce, olive oil, and either lemon juice or apple cider vinegar for an acidic and tenderizing touch.

How Long Should I Grill Chicken? 

Not sure how long to grill chicken? Don’t worry it’s easy to tell when it’s done!

I used four medium-sized chicken breasts and grilled them for a total of 10 minutes, flipping them intermittently to ensure they cooked through evenly. 

The internal temperature as measured with a digital thermometer should be 160F when you pull them off the grill. During a 5 to 10 minute resting period, the temperature will actually climb to 165F which is the safe recommended temp for chicken breasts.

If you’re not using a thermometer and are “guessing”, you’ll know the chicken is fully cooked when it’s white all the way through and the juices run clear. 

Grilling Tips

1. You don’t have to have and probably shouldn’t have your grill cranked up to it’s max heat! It’s better to go a little lower-and-slower so the chicken cooks through on the inside before the outside gets burnt or charred.

2. I aim for a medium-high heat on my grill and keep one side hotter and the other cooler so I can move the chicken around to a cooler spot, if needed.

3. Finally, pound chicken to an even thickness with a meat tenderizing mallet. The uniformity ensures that you will avoid that dreaded problem where half of one chicken breast is cooked (the skinnier or flatter side) and the thicker side is still raw. Pounding your chicken before you marinate is the best insurance against uneven cooking issues!

Grilled Chili Peach Chicken breasts on white platter

What Should I Serve With Peach Chicken?

Served with a salad or grilled veggies, this is an easy, naturally gluten-free, weeknight dinner when you need to get something on the table quickly. 

It would also be lovely with grilled peaches to really bring out the peach flavor in the chicken. Just halve the peaches, brush the cut sides with olive oil, and grill for a couple minutes, cut side down.

You can double or triple the recipe and make it for your next backyard barbecue. I can’t believe that Fourth of July and Labor Day and so many barbecues and get-togethers are upon us.

Grilled Chili Peach Chicken — Tender, juicy, and full of FLAVOR from the sweet peach preserves and chili garlic sauce!! The perfect contrast! EASY, healthy, ready in 10 minutes, zero cleanup, perfect for backyard barbecues or easy weeknight dinners!

Tips for Making Chili Peach Chicken

The grilled chicken breasts have a slight amount of heat and spice from the chili garlic sauce but it’s very mild, for us. I used 1/3 cup chili garlic sauce, but if you’re sensitive to heat dial that back to taste.

If you like more heat, add more chili garlic sauce, cayenne pepper, Tabasco, jalapenos, serranos, etc. to the marinade. The peach preserves are a lovely counterbalance to the heat.

And to ensure your chicken breasts cook at an even rate, you may want to pound them a bit so they’re the same thickness throughout. This step is technically optional, but if you’re new to grilling chicken it will help you out! 

No Grill, No Problem!

If you don’t have an outdoor grill but still want to make the recipe, you can bake the chicken in a 9×13 pan in a 375F oven until it’s done. It will depend on the exact quantity and thickness, but start checking at 25 minutes and bake until done, possibly 30-35 minutes depending on your particular variables.

Or use an indoor grill pan and recreate a similar flavor experience!

Peach Chili Grilled Chicken - Tender, juicy, and full of FLAVOR from the sweet peach preserves and chili garlic sauce!! The perfect contrast! EASY, healthy, ready in 10 minutes, zero cleanup, perfect for backyard barbecues or easy weeknight dinners!!

More Grilled Chicken Recipes: 

  • Sweet Chili Grilled Chicken — Tender, juicy, and full of flavor from the sweet chili sauce! Easy, healthy, ready in 10 minutes, zero cleanup, perfect for backyard barbecues or easy weeknight dinners!
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Grilled Chili Peach Chicken — Tender, juicy, and full of FLAVOR from the sweet peach preserves and chili garlic sauce!! The perfect contrast! EASY, healthy, ready in 10 minutes, zero cleanup, perfect for backyard barbecues or easy weeknight dinners!

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Yield: 6

Grilled Chili Peach Chicken

Grilled Chili Peach Chicken

This grilled chili peach chicken is EASY, healthy, ready in 10 minutes, zero cleanup, perfect for backyard barbecues or easy weeknight dinners!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Marinating Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups peach preserves
  • 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup chili garlic sauce, or to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice or apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste
  • about 2.50 to 3 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts (I used 4 medium sized breasts)
  • fresh cilantro, optional for garnishing
  • peppers, optional for garnishing (serrano, jalapeno, habanero, etc.)

Instructions

  1. To a medium bowl, add the peach preserves, soy sauce, chili garlic sauce, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper and whisk to combine; set aside.
  2. To a large ziptop plastic bag, add the chicken and about three-quarters of the marinade. Seal bag and squish the contents around so chicken is evenly coated. Place bag in the fridge to marinate for at least 1 hour (up to overnight is fine if you can plan ahead). Set aside the remaining unused marinade to brush on chicken while it cooks; refrigerate it if you’re marinating overnight or for longer than an hour or so.
  3. Preheat grill to medium-high heat. Add the chicken and grill for about 10 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through; flip intermittently to ensure even cooking. Discard the bag with the marinade the chicken was. marinating in.
  4. Brush the reserved marinade on the chicken intermittently while it cooks.
  5. Optionally garnish chicken with cilantro, peppers, and serve immediately. Chicken is best fresh but will keep airtight in the fridge for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Notes

Recipe adapted from my Sweet Chili Grilled Chicken.

Nutrition Stats - Because you are discarding the larger portion of marinade after you remove the chicken from the bag with it and place the chicken on the grill, you are obviously not consuming every last drop. However, the stats take into account that you would be since it's a computer generated estimate and cannot distinguish that point. Therefore, the stats (especially for sugar and sodium) are skewing higher than they are in reality.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 660Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 193mgSodium: 1035mgCarbohydrates: 60gFiber: 1gSugar: 40gProtein: 72g

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Originally posted July 2, 2018 and reposted June 30, 2023 with updated text.

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Comments

  1. This was perfect to grill on a beautiful evening! The flavors were delicious and I served it with brown rice and grilled zucchini and squash. Can’t wait to make again:)

    Rating: 5
  2. Just found your website. It’s terrific. I made a batch of peach bourbon jam and was thinking of something with chicken, so made this recipe. I grilled five boneless chicken thighs, having marinaded them overnight.Two and a half thighs were supposed to be leftovers for tomorrow night. Not. They’re gone.You’re killing my food budget! 😫Okay, no kidding…they were easy and delicious. Thanks for posting this.

    Rating: 5
  3. I have not made this yet, but I bought the wrong kind of chili sauce. I bought the Heinz chili sauce. Will this work if I add garlic to it or should I just go back to the store and get the correct one? Will it not have enough heat and wind up being too sweet? Please advise :)

    1. I really have not tried it with other chili sauces so cannot say for sure. If you want it to have more heat than what it already has then add a little bit of Tabasco or cayenne pepper or something to boost the heat. Or just buy a different bottle of sauce.

  4. This was sooooi good! We made it over a campfire on the first night on a vacation. Thank you for such an easy and delicious recipe.

    Rating: 5
    1. I am impressed that you cooked it over a campfire. Thanks for the 5 star review and glad it was so good!

  5. My husband and I are recently discovering how delicious fruit is with grilled meats!! YUM :)

  6. Swooning over the flavors in this dish! Peach and chili sounds so tasty! This grilled chicken is going to be a huge hit here!

  7. This looks incredible! So many different fruits are great with chicken and peaches sound wonderful–especially for summer! I am looking forward to a day off on the 4th and would love to make this.

    1. Enjoy your day off mid week and I definitely think this would be a great option for a Fourth of July meal!

      1. We totally loved this!! The marinade is fantastic and I love the cilantro with it as well. I really liked your idea of grilled peaches so I put them on a salad to pull it all together. Happy 4th of July!

      2. So glad you guys loved this and I feel like it was a perfect 4th of July kind of meal. Your salad with the peaches sounds lovely and Happy 4th!