Sambal Chili and Garlic Chicken

Insanely easy and flavourful chicken marinade.


Ok guys we eat a lot of chicken in my house. I’m sure you do to! It’s just such an easy, healthy and affordable protein. I’m a chicken breast fan, but my husband is partial to thighs. Since he’s such a dark meat fan I’ve had to figure out ways to prepare them that keep us both happy. I only eat chicken thighs if they are smothered in sauce or marinated and super tender! I’ve got a few favourites in my repertoire. I’ve shared how I make BBQ chicken with chicken thighs before. Today I’m sharing an asian inspired marinade.


This marinade is one of my favourites. What I love about it is not only does it taste delicious but it has just enough sugar and sweetness to caramelize on the chicken. It creates the best crispy outside and a tender delicious chicken. So what’s in this marinade?

  • Soy Sauce
  • Olive Oil
  • Ginger
  • Garlic
  • Brown Sugar
  • Sambal Oelek

Most of these things you probably have in your pantry except the Sambal Oelek. It’s an Indonesian chili paste. I love it because it’s not too hot and has an amazing flavour. It’s available at most grocery stores in the asian food section (next to the Sriracha!).

So give this marinade a try. I promise this will give improve your weeknight chicken dinner!



Sambal Chili and Garlic Chicken Marinade

Yields: 1 Marinade


  • 1/4 cup Soy Sauce (I like low sodium)
  • 3 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 tbsp Sambal Oelek
  • 1 tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 3 Garlic Cloves
  • 2 tsp Fresh Ginger
  • 1 pound Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs


Roughly chop ginger and garlic and to a small bowl. Add the remainder of the ingredients to the bowl. Whisk to combine. Place chicken in an air tight container or zipper bag. Cover with marinade and place in the fridge. Marinade for a minimum of 1 hour or up to 24 hours.

Preheat your oven to 425°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Bake for 20-30 minutes until the internal temperature reaches 165°F.

BBQ-less BBQ Chicken


This is the best BBQ chicken I have ever had. They are tender and flavourful and you don’t even need a barbecue.

I use chicken thighs in this recipe since I’m convinced they are impossible to overcook. I also use a sheet pan with a baking sheet on it to crisp the outside of the thighs. This also renders off the excess fat in the thighs.


You could also of course use your barbecue for this recipe, but I like the convenience of using the oven. Plus you can enjoy it year round!

So are you team barbecue or oven?

Servings: 4


  • 1 Pound Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs
  • 2 Teaspoons Garlic Powder
  • 2 Teaspoons Onion Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Chilli Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Fresh Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 Cup BBQ Sauce (my favourite)


Preheat the oven to 400°F. Place a cooling rack on a sheet pan and grease the cooling rack with non stick spray.

Mix together garlic powder, onion powder, chilli powder, salt and pepper. Season the chicken thighs on both sides. Place chicken thighs on the cooling rack. Bake the the chicken thighs for 2o minutes, flipping half way through.

Remove chicken from the oven and baste the chicken thighs on one side with BBQ sauce. Bake for 5 minutes. Flip the chicken and baste the other side of the chicken with BBQ sauce. Repeat the process two more times.

Allow chicken to rest for 10 minutes before serving.


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