Asian Grilled Chicken

This is my first post for The Secret Recipe Club. I’m so excited to join this fantastic group of food bloggers. Each month we are assigned another food blog. We scour their site choosing a recipe to recreate, putting our own spin on it if we would like. This month I was assigned to Jason’s blog, Jason’s BBQ Adventures. Jason has some great recipes on his site (especially if you’re a meat lover like my husband and myself), but I ultimately decided on this Asian Grilled Chicken. We love to use the grill more and more as the weather gets warmer. Also, this recipe was super easy to prepare, and you all know how much I love my easy dinners!

I did make some minimal modifications to this recipe. I increased a lot of the ingredients in varying proportions because I had nearly three pounds of chicken instead of the 1 pound written in the recipe. We like to grill extra to enjoy the following day (piled on top of a salad in my case). I also added sesame oil and freshly grated ginger for more flavor variety. Someone commented on Jason’s blog that this chicken was slightly lacking in flavor. If I may get up on my soapbox for a moment, I would first like to give Jason credit for approving a rudely written comment. That takes guts and integrity. Secondly, if you have something not so nice to say about a recipe, fine. We all love feedback. Well, I shouldn’t speak for everyone, but I love feedback. If a recipe stinks, I for one would like to know about it. But you have two options in this scenario: 1) “Hey, I really liked the red pepper flakes in this recipe, but I’m searching for a little more flavor. Do you have any suggestions?” 2) Write the author a private message or email. C’mon people, it is only polite. Okay, stepping off of my soapbox now. I’ve never actually had anything like this happen to me personally. You people (my readers) kick butt. You’re seriously awesome.

I could definitely taste the addition of the sesame oil and the grated ginger, but if you’re not into those flavors, I think it would be great without them. The red pepper flakes, garlic, and soy sauce really came through as well. I also marinated mine for probably close to 16 hours because we ended up grilling these one day later than originally planned. They certainly weren’t lacking flavor after that amount of time marinating.

I garnished with parsley because it is what I had, but if I lived in a grocery store (how handy would that be?), I would have garnished these with sliced green onions or cilantro. I served it with jasmine rice topped with sliced almonds, and a side of Asian style slaw.

Asian Grilled Chicken
Adapted from Jason’s BBQ Adventures

Two 14 oz. cans of chicken broth
6 Tbsp light soy sauce (reduced sodium)
3 Tbsp white vinegar
3 tsp white sugar
2 tsp garlic powder
¾ tsp red pepper flakes
1 tsp sesame oil
1 tsp freshly grated ginger
2.5-3 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breast

1. Mix together all ingredients except chicken in a bowl.
2. Place chicken in zip top bag.
3. Pour marinade in bag and place in refrigerator for at least four hours (I put my bag in a pan or bowl just in case of leakage).
4. Grill over medium direct heat until juices run clear and chicken is cooked through.

Verdict: I liked these a lot. They had so much flavor. I really liked that all the ingredients are typically stocked in my pantry. I think this recipe will quickly become a go-to for us.
Husband’s take: He also liked this chicken a lot. He had nothing bad to say about it.
Changes I would make: None.
Difficulty: Easy. Especially if someone else does the grilling for you! Just another reason to love summer. Give a guy some raw meat, a big metal spatula and a cold beer, and he’s happy to cook.

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  5. This was an awesome marinade. We cut ours into strips and threaded them onto a skewer so they would cook faster. (Posted about it here.) Thank you for sharing the recipe.

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  8. A new twist on chicken.Will try it!!

  9. Looks fantastic, love the flavors. I always grill extra chicken to have the next day too.

  10. I was JUST searching for grilled chicken recipes that didn’t involve barbecue sauce and this looks perfect!

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  12. We love Asian food. We love to grill. Gotta try this recipe soon! Great pics to go along with the recipe. :)

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  14. Oh my gosh I LOVE this recipe!! Can I share it on my blog?

  15. Great Looking Recipe! Will have to try soon! Thanks for sharing!! =)

  16. Kudos to you for making a piece of meat beautiful. Seriously, I have a horrible time making dinner look good for the camera and you hit it spot on. Sounds like a great meal.

  17. The entire meal looks delish! I love Jason’s blog to inspire for bbq’ing! The chicken looks yummy and even makes me want to dig in (the mostly vegetarian person in my home!)

  18. Great photo! Hey, you don’t live in a grocery store but you do live next door to one :)

  19. Beautiful pictures Rachel. I’m bookmarking!

  20. Love this post – and I can definitely use fake chicken. Thanks for sharing all the other recipes too!

  21. Looks delicious and beautiful photos!

  22. This doesn’t seem like it lacks flavor at all! I love everything that goes in to this marinade! Great job with the SRC!

  23. We love grilled chicken! Always looking for new recipes. We’ll be trying this one soon!

  24. Oooh that chicken looks GREAT!

  25. This looks outstanding! I keep hearing about this secret recipe club–very intriguing!

  26. Sounds and looks delicious. Great idea to add sesame oil and ginger. I don’t think you could go wrong with those additions! :)

  27. That chicken sounds yummy. We always love summer grilling, too :)
    PS- I host a recipe swap every Wednesday and I’d love to have you if you get a chance.

  28. Yum, the marinade on that chicken sounds so delicious – sounds like an amazing dinner! :)

  29. We love grilling and my husband loves asian flavors, so this sound perfect. Your pictures make it look so good!

  30. This is getting bookmarked because it looks so delicious!

  31. This chicken recipe looks delish! I will be saving this. Found this through the The Secret Recipe Club blog hop :)

  32. This looks great! Recipes like this always remind me why I need a grill….badly! Also I agree about nasty comments. Unfortunately it’s just something that comes with owning a blog. Under the disguise of anonymity people feel as though they can say whatever they want.

  33. I love all those flavors together – delicious!

  34. My goodness that is some stunning chicken! I just love all the flavors that are combined here. My mouth is already watering thinking about dinner, and what I’d need to grab at the store to make this happen *tonight*.

  35. WOW! Those look a lot better than when I did them. Ginger is a great addition to the recipe, I am going to have give it a shot.

  36. Jason’s recipes always look excellent and I can tell that you did a great job! I’m very jealous (my grill is sub-standard so I rarely use it).


  37. I think the addition of the ginger sounds great. The more flavor packed in, the better, in my opinion :)

  38. Great post and I love your choice for this month’s event. Your addition of sesame oil and ginger is right up my alley and love the side dishes you served up Jason’s Asian Grilled Chicken with.

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