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Korean Honey Sesame Grilled Chicken
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
30 mins
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins
This Korean Honey Sesame Grilled Chicken has a delicious, sweet, sticky glaze with a touch of heat. It's easy to put together and is a universal crowd pleaser!
Course: Grilled Chicken, Main Course
Cuisine: Korean
Keyword: Korean Chicken, Korean Honey Sesame Grilled Chicken
Servings: 6
Calories: 299 kcal
Author: Chris Scheuer
For the rub:
  • tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon sweet paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
For the glaze/sauce:
  • ½ cup low sodium soy sauce
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 1½-3 tablespoons Korean Gochujang start with 1½, add more, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons finely grated fresh ginger
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 2 garlic cloves finely minced
  • 1 ½ tablespoon grainy mustard
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds more for garnish, if desired
For the chicken:
  • 2 pounds trimmed boneless. skinless chicken thighs
For the rub:
  1. Combine olive oil, paprika, garlic salt, and sugar in a medium size bowl. Stir well to combine then add the chicken and turn several times to coat. I like to use my hands to massage the rub into the chicken.
  2. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or as long as 24 hours.
For the glaze/sauce
  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium-size sauce pan and stir well. Bring to a boil and cook for 5 -7 minutes, until sauce thickens and is reduced by about one half. (Maintain a steady, medium boil but reduce the heat a bit if the mixture boils up too high.) Taste and if you’d like it a little spicier, add another tablespoon of Gochujang. Repeat to taste. Set aside to cool down.
For grilling the chicken:
  1. Heat a grill to high (500-600˚F). Clean and oil the grates.
  2. Place the chicken on the grill; cook for 3-4 minutes on the first side, or until golden brown. Flip to the opposite side and brush the cooked side with some of the glaze. Grill the second side for 3-4 minutes then flip and brush with the glaze. Continue cooking for 1-2 minutes more on each side, brushing with the glaze after flipping until the chicken is browned and nicely charred in spots.
  3. Transfer the chicken to a serving platter and allow to rest for a few minutes before slicing. Serve any extra sauce with the chicken.
Recipe Notes

See Café Tips for further instructions and more detailed tips.

See the post for options on how to serve this chicken.

This recipe should serve six, but my family eats it like candy and we probably get 3-4 servings.

Nutrition Facts
Korean Honey Sesame Grilled Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 299 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 144mg48%
Sodium 1362mg59%
Potassium 480mg14%
Carbohydrates 19g6%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 14g16%
Protein 31g62%
Vitamin A 611IU12%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 39mg4%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.