Grilled Sweet Chili 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!!
Easy Grilled Chicken Recipe
There’s nothing like the taste of grilled chicken in the summer. Tender, so juicy, and full of flavor.
This sweet chili sauce chicken packs some heat and spice from the sweet chili sauce I marinated the chicken in.
You’re going to want something refreshing to wash the chicken down with and I reached for Sutter Home White Zinfandel. This refreshing American original has a medium sweet flavor profile and delivers delicious notes of strawberry and melon.
It’s a flavorful pairing that perfectly balances the spicy heat of the chicken with the sweet refreshing taste of chilled wine just in time for warm weather. This sweet wine is especially great with Asian and Mexican dishes and paired perfectly with the chicken.
With warmer weather on the way, this grilled sweet chili chicken perfect for backyard barbecues or summer holidays like Memorial Day or the Fourth of July. Bring on summer grilling season!
What’s in Sweet Chili Chicken?
To make this sweet chili sauce chicken, you’ll need:
- Sweet chili sauce
- Low-sodium soy sauce
- Olive oil
- Lemon juice
- Kosher salt and pepper
- Chicken breasts
- Green onions
What Is Sweet Chili Sauce
If you Google “chili sauce” there are also multiple homemade versions you can make.
How to Grill Sweet Chili Chicken
Add the sweet chili sauce, soy sauce, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and chicken to a bag and seal. Place the bag in the fridge and allow the chicken to marinate for 1 hour.
Once marinated, grill the chicken over medium-high heat until cooked through. Garnish with green onions just before serving.
For an easy, healthy, complete meal with zero cleanup, toss bell peppers or your favorite veggies on the grill as well, and dinner is ready in about 10 minutes. It’s a perfect main dish for our family but if you’d like to add a salad, rice, or potatoes, feel free.
This sweet chili chicken is great as an easy weeknight dinner when you need to get something on the table quickly.
Can I Use Chicken Thighs?
Yes, you’re probably fine to use chicken thighs instead of chicken breasts. Just keep in mind that chicken thighs may need to cook for more or less time, depending on their thickness.
Do I Have to Grill the Chicken?
I’ve only made this as a grilled chicken recipe, so I can’t say for sure how you’d need to adapt the recipe if you wanted to bake or pan-fry the chicken. If you make this sweet chili sauce chicken in the oven or on the stovetop, leave me a comment below letting me know how it turned out!
Tips for Making Sweet Chili Chicken
I prefer using low-sodium soy sauce in this sweet chili chicken recipe because I like to control the amount of salt in my food. If you use regular soy sauce, I doubt you’ll need to add any additional salt to the marinade.
Don’t skip marinating the chicken. It needs time to soak up the flavors of the marinade and to tenderize.
If you have leftovers of this sweet chili sauce chicken, you can enjoy them cold in sandwiches, atop salads, and in grain bowls.
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Sweet Chili Grilled Chicken
- 1 cup sweet chili sauce
- ¼ cup low-sodium soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste
- 1 to 1.25 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, I used one large breast that I sliced in half
- optional bell peppers, sliced into thin strips and lightly coated with olive oil and salt and pepper, to taste
- green onions, sliced into thin rounds for garnishing
- pair with Sutter Home White Zinfandel
- To a large ziptop plastic bag, add the sweet chili sauce, soy sauce, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper, chicken, seal bag, and squish the contents around so chicken is evenly coated.
- Place bag in the fridge to marinate for at least 1 hour (overnight is great if you can plan ahead).
- Preheat grill to medium-high heat. Add the chicken, optional bell peppers, and grill for about 10 minutes, or until chicken (and peppers) are cooked through; flip intermittently to ensure even cooking.
- Garnish with green onions and pair with Sutter Home White Zinfandel.
- Chicken is best fresh but will keep airtight in the fridge for up to 4 days.
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.
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