Grilled Spicy Garlic Chicken — An EASY homemade marinade made with everyday ingredients that produces super FLAVORFUL, juicy chicken!! If you’re looking for a NEW marinade to jazz up grilled chicken, this is the one!!
Grilled Garlic Chicken Recipe
Summer means grilling season and I am always looking for new and interesting marinades that pack a ton of flavor but are super easy to whisk together with ingredients you have on hand.
And this is exactly that type of marinade and recipe.
I used the recipe for Spicy Garlic Mustard Marinade that I recently made because it helps keep the chicken so tender, juicy, delivers so much flavor, and you whisk the ingredients together in a flash.
Another added bonus with this garlic chicken marinade is that my chicken does not stick to the grill at all. It’s like non-stick magic. You know how sometimes chicken has a way of just sticking like crazy to the grill no matter how careful you are? Not the case here in the least.
To make the marinade, just combine mayo, classic yellow mustard, lime juice, olive oil, garlic, chili garlic sauce, sriracha, honey, salt, and pepper. Add cilantro if you want to play up a Mexican vibe or if you have fresh parsley on hand, it’s a nice touch too.
The marinade packs a nice punch of heat thanks to both the chili garlic sauce and sriracha and if you were dipping some tortilla chips into the marinade, yes it’s spicy.
What’s in Spicy Garlic Chicken?
To make this grilled spicy garlic chicken, you’ll need:
- Classic yellow mustard
- Lime juice
- Olive oil
- Chili garlic sauce
- Black pepper
- Fresh parsley and cilantro (both optional)
- Chicken breasts
How to Grill Spicy Garlic Chicken
Add all the ingredients except the chicken into a bowl and whisk together the spicy garlic chicken marinade.
Transfer the marinade mixture to a large zip-top plastic bag, add the chicken, seal, and squish contents around to evenly coat the chicken.
Let the chicken marinate for at least 30 minutes, then grill over medium-high heat until cooked through.
Can I Use Chicken Thighs Instead?
Of course! Just keep in mind that chicken thighs may require more or less time on the grill depending on how thick they are, whether they’re boneless or bone-in, etc.
Can I Make This Recipe Without an Outdoor Grill?
I’ve only made this spicy garlic chicken on an outdoor grill but I’m sure you can also make it on an indoor grill pan. You might be able to bake the spicy garlic chicken as well, but I haven’t tried it myself.
Tips for Grilling Spicy Garlic Chicken
I don’t find the garlic chicken marinade makes for overly spicy chicken — just the right amount of spiciness. The grill has a way of mellowing everything. However, if you’re sensitive to spices and heat, you may wish to start with the half the recommended amounts of chili garlic sauce and sriracha, and add more to taste if desired.
If desired, before transferring the garlic chicken marinade to a zip-top bag, you can reserve about 1/4 cup to serve as a dipping sauce for the finished chicken.
As a shortcut, I used chicken breast tenders or sometimes called breast cutlets or medallions. Their smaller size makes for faster grilling times and much more even cooking.
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Spicy Garlic Grilled Chicken
A spicy garlic chicken marinade made with everyday ingredients that produces super FLAVORFUL, juicy chicken!! Bonus: this is an EASY recipe!
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons classic yellow mustard
- 2 tablespoons lime juice
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 to 5 cloves garlic, minced or finely pressed
- 1 tablespoon chili garlic sauce, or to taste
- 1 teaspoon to 1 1/2 tablespoons sriracha, or to taste
- 1 teaspoon honey, optional and to taste
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, optional
- about 1.25 pounds chicken breast cutlets
- fresh parsley or cilantro, optional for garnishing
- Add all ingredients except the chicken to a medium bowl and whisk to combine. *
- Transfer the marinade mixture to a large ziptop plastic bag, add the chicken, seal, and squish contents around to evenly coat the chicken.
- Place bag in the fridge to marinate for at least 30 minutes, or up to 24 hours.
- Preheat an outdoor grill to medium-high heat (or indoor grill pan) and grill the chicken for about 7 minutes, or until done; flip intermittently to ensure even cooking.
- Optionally garnish with fresh herbs and serve with reserved marinade, if desired.
- *Note – If desired, before transferring the marinade to a ziptop bag, you can reserve about 1/4 cup to serve as a dipping sauce for the finished chicken.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 509Total Fat: 33gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 26gCholesterol: 132mgSodium: 591mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 45g
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Originally posted July 11, 2018 and reposted September 3, 2021 with updated text.
The chicken turned out very tender! I cooked it on the grill. I didn’t have any chili sauce so I submitted it with more sriracha. It cooked well on the grill and didn’t stick! I recommend!
Thanks for the 5 star review and glad this was a winner and that it didn’t stick. I LOVED that about this recipe. Still remember that detail super fondly!
Can I just say….. WOW. This chicken was heavenly. I’ve never tasted so much flavor in one dish. Thank you so much for this. I’m glad I tried it, I have been making it for lunch everyday! This recipe is a blessing
Thanks for the 5 star review and glad you’ve been making it for lunch daily and that it has so much great flavor for you!
I can’t find chili garlic sauce where I live. Do you have a recipe to make it?
I would just use extra sriracha sauce then.
What a great dish. Made half for the two of us. Thought the combination of the sauce was weird so hadto try it. Loved it. I served it with zucchini rounds. Any suggestions of what else to serve it with?
Thanks for the 5 star review and glad you loved it! I think most any type of grilled vegetable would work nicely. Zucchini, sugar snap peas, yellow squash, etc. and you can grill those alongside the chicken. Or just do a salad. https://www.averiecooks.com/category/entrees/vegetables/
This grilled chicken looks so flavorful! I’d love to try it! And I agree: chicken tenders are so much easier to grill!
SO much easier! You know it!
Always excited to get new delicious chicken recipes!! :) especially for the grill…perfect!
Always fun to mix things up :)
Yum!! Love the marinade and I need to load up the grill this weekend so I can stock my freezer with some leftovers!
Yes for sure! May as well cook once and then have planned leftovers for the future!
This was so good–not too spicy but just right!! I used about 2 lbs of chicken so I would have plenty of leftovers and generously doubled the marinade and saved some (it might sound a little crazy but celery and carrots are good dipped in it too).
Glad you loved this and the heat level was just right! I actually used some of my extra of the marinade as veggie dip too!