This Sticky Korean Chicken recipe owes it delicious taste to a flavorful marinade bursting with sweet, sour and savory notes. If you try one new recipe this month, try this Sticky Asian Chicken!

Sticky Korean Chicken pieces on a platter Bold delicious flavors and the ease of preparation will surely win you and your family over.

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Hello friends, this is Julia from Vikalinka popping over to Natasha’s Kitchen to share a recipe and some cooking tips.

I don’t know where you are but we are experiencing an uncharacteristically glorious summer in England this year, so everything I’ve wanted to cook lately mirrored our hot and sticky days. This sticky Korean chicken is no exception.

Sticky Korean Chicken

A close up image of chicken pieces with sliced spring onions and sesame seeds.

Korean food has been in the spotlight recently due to its unique but easy to love flavors. However, as much as I would be the first person to order Korean chicken in a restaurant, I felt intimidated to approach it at home for ages until I found the recipe I loved aka easy Korean chicken recipe.

If you are feeling the same, fear not! I will guide you through the process, which turns out to be an easy one.

A photo collage of 4 process shots for sticky Korean chicken

What is the secret to delicious Korean Chicken?

  • First and foremost…the Korean chicken marinade. Letting your chicken bathe in strong and aromatic flavors for at least two hours or better yet overnight, will ensure maximum flavor.
  • Secondly, sticking to appropriate cooking times and oven temperature or using a meat thermometer will yield tender and juicy chicken. In other words, it will prevent overcooking the chicken.
  • And lastly, don’t forget to baste your Korean chicken half way through the cooking time to impart that delicious flavor.

An overhead shot of Korean chicken on a grey platter

Can I cook this easy Korean chicken on the grill?

Great question, my friends and I would love to say ‘yes’. Sadly, due to honey being one of the ingredients in the marinade, this Korean chicken tends to catch fire while on the barbecue and burn the skin before the chicken is cooked through.

So unless an extremely charred chicken is your thing, I would stick to the oven.

If you are absolutely set on grilling your chicken, why not try:

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Sticky Korean Chicken

4.80 from 55 votes
Author: Julia Frey
Chicken pieces on a platter
Sticky Korean Chicken recipe owes it delicious taste to a flavorful marinade bursting with sweet, sour and savory notes. For best results, marinate at least 2 hours or overnight. 
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Marinating Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 50 minutes

Ingredients 

Servings: 6 people

For the marinade

  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 tbsp grated fresh ginger
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/2-1 tsp red chilli flakes

For the Korean Chicken

  • 3 lbs chicken legs and/or thighs, (bone-in, skin-on)
  • 4 green onions
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds

Instructions

  • In a large bowl combine honey, soy sauce, ginger, garlic, oil and red chilli flakes. 
  • Then add chicken pieces, making sure chicken is fully submerged in the marinade. 
    Cover with a lid or plastic wrap and let it marinate in the refrigerator for at least two hours or overnight. 
  • Preheat the oven to 375F/200C. Take the chicken pieces out of the marinade and place them on parchment lined shallow baking pan. Reserve the marinade.
  • Cook the chicken in the oven for 35-40 minutes or until juices run clear and the skin is dark and slightly blistered. (Internal temperature 180F/82C) Baste with the marinade half way through the cooking for deeper flavour. 
  • Take the chicken out of the oven and remove to a serving plate, sprinkle with sliced green onions and sesame seeds before serving. 

Nutrition Per Serving

403kcal Calories25g Carbs22g Protein23g Fat7g Saturated Fat120mg Cholesterol654mg Sodium334mg Potassium23g Sugar250IU Vitamin A2.6mg Vitamin C39mg Calcium1.6mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
Sticky Korean Chicken
Amount per Serving
Calories
403
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
23
g
35
%
Saturated Fat
 
7
g
44
%
Cholesterol
 
120
mg
40
%
Sodium
 
654
mg
28
%
Potassium
 
334
mg
10
%
Carbohydrates
 
25
g
8
%
Sugar
 
23
g
26
%
Protein
 
22
g
44
%
Vitamin A
 
250
IU
5
%
Vitamin C
 
2.6
mg
3
%
Calcium
 
39
mg
4
%
Iron
 
1.6
mg
9
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian, Korean
Keyword: Korean Chicken
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $
Calories: 403

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A quick and easy recipe for Korean chicken using simple and easy to source ingredients. This chicken is a wonderful mix of the sweet, sour and savoury. Master this restaurant quality Sticky Asian Chicken recipe at home! | natashaskitchen.com

Julia Frey

I am Julia, a London based food blogger and photographer, and vikalinka.com is my space to share bits of my life with the world. Incidentally, much of my life is taken up by cooking, due to 2 very hungry children and husband, so you will become witnesses to my culinary endeavours if you choose to stay around.

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  • shirley
    June 19, 2023

    Hi This recipe sounds great but I have a question Since I am not a big fan of either thighs or legs is it possible to use chicken breasts.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 19, 2023

      Hi Shirley, you would have to modify the recipe since boneless chicken breast cooks faster and keep an eye on it since it can easily over. I hope that helps!

      Reply

  • Jorgina Jones
    March 16, 2023

    I made it for dinner 2 nights ago and everyone loved it! The kids – 5yo and 7yo – devoured the sauce. They asked for it again the next day, they want that sauce over rice and the delicious chicken! BEST by far!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 16, 2023

      That’s just awesome! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review, Jorgina!

      Reply

  • Ana
    March 14, 2023

    Thank you for such an amazing and easy recipe. This is my favorite recipe from your website. I’ll definitely do it again

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      March 14, 2023

      Hi Ana! I’m so glad to hear that. Thank you for sharing.

      Reply

  • Megan
    February 25, 2023

    Not my favorite but I will still try a ton more of Natasha’s kitchen recipes. All others have been so good. Maybe my bar was just too high 😁

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      February 25, 2023

      Hi Megan! I’m sorry that it did not turn out for you. So glad that you have other recipes you enjoy. I’d be happy to help troubleshoot this recipe if you’re interested. 🙂

      Reply

  • Cherie B
    February 5, 2023

    Amazing recipe! Marinated overnight and the flavor was all the way through. Achieved the same results in the pictures. I used drumsticks (with skin) only and added one step: rotated them three times, every 15mins, basting each time. Perfection!! We will make this again for sure. Thank you!

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 5, 2023

      Hello Cherie, that’s great feedback! Thanks a lot for sharing that with us, hope you’ll love all the recipes that you will try from us!

      Reply

  • Kim McConnell
    November 9, 2021

    My 90 year old aunt and I loved this. I’m making it again tomorrow so marinating overnight. I serve with rice and Asian mixed vegetables. I followed your recipe and had no problems.

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 9, 2021

      Sounds like a great plan, Kim! Enjoy and I hope you and your family will love these recipes.

      Reply

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