Sweet & Sticky Grilled Chicken

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Get ready to fire up the grill and make a mouthwatering dish with this Sweet & Sticky Grilled Chicken recipe. Perfect for a summer barbecue or a weeknight dinner, this recipe combines sweet, savory, and sticky flavors that will have your family coming back for seconds.

Why Make This Recipe

If you’re looking for a simple yet flavorful way to prepare chicken, this recipe is a must-try. The marinade creates a sticky glaze that caramelizes on the grill, giving the chicken a deliciously sweet and savory taste. Plus, it’s a crowd-pleaser that is sure to impress your guests.

How to Make Sweet & Sticky Grilled Chicken


  • 6 chicken legs (about 1 ½ lbs)
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 ½ teaspoon minced garlic
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper


  1. In a small bowl, whisk together balsamic vinegar, honey, brown sugar, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, and black pepper for the marinade.
  2. Place chicken legs in a large zipper bag and pour the marinade over them. Seal the bag and shake to coat the chicken.
  3. Refrigerate the bag for 8 hours or overnight, turning the chicken several times.
  4. Remove chicken from the bag.
  5. Pour the remaining marinade into a saucepan and simmer until thickened, about 15 minutes.
  6. Grill the chicken drumsticks at 350 degrees Fahrenheit, cooking for about 30 minutes (5 minutes per side) until the skin is browned and the internal temperature reaches 170°F. Baste with the marinade while grilling.

How to Serve Sweet & Sticky Grilled Chicken

Serve the grilled chicken hot off the grill, garnished with chopped fresh herbs like parsley or chives for a pop of color. Pair it with your favorite sides like roasted vegetables, corn on the cob, or a fresh green salad.

How to Store Sweet & Sticky Grilled Chicken

Store any leftover chicken in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the oven or microwave until heated through before serving.

Tips to Make Sweet & Sticky Grilled Chicken

  • Ensure the chicken is fully coated in the marinade for maximum flavor.
  • Pat the chicken dry before grilling to help achieve a crispy skin.
  • Baste the chicken with the marinade while grilling to enhance the sticky glaze.
  • Adjust the sweetness by adding more or less honey and brown sugar to suit your taste preferences.


For a spicy kick, add a dash of red pepper flakes or a squirt of Sriracha sauce to the marinade. You can also experiment with different types of vinegar like apple cider vinegar for a unique flavor twist.


  1. Can I use chicken breasts instead of chicken legs? Yes, you can use any part of the chicken you prefer for this recipe.
  2. Can I grill the chicken on a gas grill instead of charcoal? Absolutely, you can use a gas grill with the same cooking instructions.
  3. Can I make the marinade in advance? Yes, you can prepare the marinade and store it in the refrigerator for up to 2 days before using it.

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