Korean BBQ Chicken Marinade


This Korean BBQ chicken sauce is served over popular "chicken bowls" at a restaurant in my hometown. It's very tasty! Use it as a marinade for chicken, and then baste the chicken with it while grilling. If you like it hot, increase the hot chile paste as desired up to four tablespoons — that's about as much as anyone can take!

Cook Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
3 cups


  • 1 cup white sugar

  • 1 cup soy sauce

  • 1 cup water

  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • 4 teaspoons hot chile paste


  1. Whisk sugar, soy sauce, water, onion powder, and ground ginger together in a medium saucepan over high heat. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low, and simmer for 5 minutes.

  2. Remove from the heat and let cool to room temperature, 20 to 30 minutes. Whisk in lemon juice and chile paste.

To Use:

Pour mixture over chicken, cover, and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours. Cook chicken as desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

20 Calories
0g Fat
5g Carbs
0g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 48
Calories 20
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g 0%
Sodium 304mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 1mg 0%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 13mg 0%

* 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.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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