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Korean BBQ Chicken Marinade


"This sauce is from the very popular 'chicken bowls' in my hometown. It's very tasty! Use it as a marinade for chicken, or to baste chicken while grilling. Increase the hot chile paste as desired. Four tablespoons is usually as much as anyone can take!"
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25 m servings 20 cals
Original recipe yields 48 servings (3 cups)


  • Calories:
  • 20 kcal
  • 1%
  • Fat:
  • 0.1 g
  • < 1%
  • Carbs:
  • 4.9g
  • 2%
  • Protein:
  • 0.3 g
  • < 1%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Sodium:
  • 304 mg
  • 12%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
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  1. In a medium saucepan over high heat, whisk together the sugar, soy sauce, water, onion powder, and ground ginger. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, and simmer 5 minutes.
  2. Remove the mixture from heat, cool, and whisk in lemon juice and hot chile paste. Place chicken in the mixture. Cover, and marinate in the refrigerator at least 4 hours before preparing chicken as desired.

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  1. 492 Ratings

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This was awesome. I tweaked it a bit by adding 1 tsp minced garlic and I subst. red pepper flakes (1 heaping tsp)for the paste. I found this recipe at the last minute so I didnt marinate. I used...

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I wasn't crazy about this one, I just can't put my finger on what needs improvement. Try the Japanese Chicken Wings recipe on this site as a marinade/rice bowl sauce.

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This was awesome. I tweaked it a bit by adding 1 tsp minced garlic and I subst. red pepper flakes (1 heaping tsp)for the paste. I found this recipe at the last minute so I didnt marinate. I used...

I served chicken with this marinade to my Korean parents for dinner. My mom, who said she wasn't hungry before we started eating, ended up going back for seconds and exclaimed that it was delic...

This is a keeper in my house--especially for my picky husband who loves to BBQ. I took the advice of others and used red pepper flakes since they are handy, added crushed garlic and sesame seed...

This is awesome!! If I could give it 10 stars I would! Use as a marinade, over noodles with or without veggies, hot or at room temp (like cold sesame noodles) or in a stir fry thickened with a ...

I like this recipe, but it needed some sesame seeds, sesame oil, and green onions. With those ingredients added, this recipe is perfect!

I didn't have any Korean chile paste and I don't often use enough of it to buy a jar. So I substituted half the amount in crushed dried red chile pepper powder, a clove of garlic (it isn't Korea...

Full circle! I'm an American living in Korea and I have shared this recipe with Koreans who absolutely love it! Locally chicken sticks are more popular than teriyaki (Japanese) bowls. These a...

Delicious, Delicious, Delicious. I cut up some chicken tenderloins and stir-fried them in this sauce and ate it over rice. I occasionally use this in place of soy sauce when I stir-fry veggies...

Very easy to prepare and loved by my 1 year old up to my 19 year old. (kid friendly) I used Schezuan sauce for the chile paste since I couldn't find that, and it wasn't too hot for the kids. ...