Sticky Asian Grilled Chicken

Quick and easy Sticky Asian Grilled Chicken with a sticky sweet and savory Asian sauce! 

Sticky Asian Grilled Chicken | Creme de la Crumb

Sticky sticky sticky.

Is it just me or does “sticky” immediately conjure up images of gooey finger-licking goodness?

Sticky Asian Grilled Chicken | Creme de la Crumb

That’s pretty much exactly what this chicken dish is. A whole lot of grilled summer finger-licking goodness. With an asian flare.

Speaking of flare…. fireworks…. what are you doing for July 4th?? Do you have your big backyard BBQ menu all planned out?? Of course you do, you’re so on the ball. I, on the other hand, do not have my menu planned out at all. I thought for a millisecond that I might do some spicy BBQ ribs on the grill but after a disastrous test-run this morning I’m about 99.8 percent sure I’ll be sticking with my go-to pulled BBQ chicken sandwiches. I made them last year for the Fourth of July festivities and they were a HUGE hit – the slaw had slaw-haters going back for seconds.

Sticky Asian Grilled Chicken | Creme de la Crumb

Other festivities will include homemade ice cream for sure, mayyyyybe fireworks, and hopefully zero parades. I do not like parades. I don’t know why, they seem to be a huge hit with the rest of the human race but I just can’t get on board with them.. I find them incredibly boring! The most exciting part is when they throw taffy so naturally I just keep looking for the next group of taffy throwers and ignore  73 percent of the parade attractions.

I think my biggest hangup with parades is that they usually feel like a really long string of tv commercials – advertisement car after advertisement wagon after advertisement banner – and hardly any quality floats. You know?

Sticky Asian Grilled Chicken | Creme de la Crumb

But back to the chicken. So this is a simple grilled chicken topped with a sweet and savory Asian sauce that will honestly make you want to dunk your face right into the sauce pan. Orrrrr just lick your fingers, as previously discussed.

Sticky Asian Grilled Chicken | Creme de la Crumb

The recipe does not take long at all, but if you’ve got a kitchen helper handy, send them out to tend the grill while you whip up the sauce on the stove. And I know it’s an all-American holiday this weekend but don’t be afraid to mix things up and make this chicken for your peeps on Saturday. Grilling is about as American as it gets so between that and the sheer wonderfulness of the food, no one will even mind that there’s technically an Asian sauce on the chicken.

Sticky Asian Grilled Chicken | Creme de la Crumb

Sticky Asian Grilled Chicken | Creme de la Crumb
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Sticky Asian Grilled Chicken

Quick and easy Sticky Asian Grilled Chicken with a sticky sweet and savory Asian sauce!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian
Keyword Chicken, sticky, teriyaki
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Author Tiffany


  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, pounded to 3/4 inch thickness
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce (I use low sodium)
  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Sriracha sauce (hot red chili sauce found in the Asian section of grocery stores) OR 1 tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic


  • Add water, soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, sriracha sauce (or red pepper flakes), brown sugar, sesame oil, and garlic to a medium sauce pan. Cover and simmer for about 20 minutes until reduced down to half.
  • Uncover sauce pan and bring heat to medium-high, stirring regularly until thickened (about 8-10 minutes) then remove from heat. *Be careful not to let the sauce burn when it thickens.
  • Grease and preheat the grill. Season both sides of chicken with salt and pepper to taste. Grill for 5-6 minutes on each side until cooked through.
  • Drizzle chicken (or toss) with the sauce and garnish with cilantro, sesame seeds, or green onions if desired. Serve immediately.

*Sauce adapted from Skinnytaste.

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Very nice flavour!

I tried this tonight! Very good flavor. The only problem I had was the sauce never thickened. I followed the recipe to the letter but I did cut the Siracha sauce to 1/2 tbsp because I’m the only one in my family that likes spicy. Any suggestions?

4 stars
I LOVED this sauce! It had such good flavor, I wanted to lick my plate! I didn’t have Sriracha. 1 tablespoon of red pepper flakes seemed like a lot. I used one teaspoon. It was too spicy for my kids to eat. Also, the sauce never thickened. I followed the directions exactly. I had to add cornstarch to it.

4 stars
Followed the sauce recipe to the letter. Fantastic flavor, but does not come out looking anything close the sticky gooey sauce in the picture.

3 stars
I had the same problem with it not thickening. Had to use Wondra. I see other people have been having the same problem. Could you write back and let us know what we should do different?

    Ditto! NEeded cornstarch for sure. Was like soup. Delicious though!

it wont reduce with the cover on the sauce pan

I realize that ads are part of life but the “How many things other than the recipe can i post before I get to why the person is here” is getting old. I am going back to cookbooks from the looks of thing, but probably not coming back to creme de la crumb….

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