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Asian Sticky Chicken

If you want chicken that is truly finger-licking good, grill up some Asian sticky chicken legs dunked in sweet and spicy barbecue sauce.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 8 hours
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings 6


  • 12 chicken legs

Chicken Marinade

  • 1 cup water
  • 3/4 cup soy sauce
  • 3/4 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup olive oil

Asian Sticky Barbecue Sauce

  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup sambal oelek
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce


  • 2 tsp sesame seeds
  • 1 green onion sliced


  • Combine the marinade ingredients in a large bowl. Place the
    chicken legs in a zip-top bag. Pour in the marinade. Remove the air, and seal the bag. Refrigerate for a few hours or overnight.
  • Setup your grill, so you have a direct and indirect heat zone.
  • Place the chicken on the grill over medium heat. Cook for about 20 minutes, turning occasionally. If the chicken begins to char, move it to the indirect heat zone, as needed. 
  • If preparing the boky choy, start cooking it at this point.
  • Combine the sauce ingredients in a pot and heat.
  • After the chicken has reached an internal temperature of 165F degrees, dunk each leg in the sauce. Return to the grill for 2-3 minutes.
  • Dunk again, and cook a few more minutes. Then, dunk one more time, and cook for 2-3 more minutes.
  • Sprinkle with sesame seeds and green onions.


To adjust the spice level, increase or decrease the amount os sambal oelek you use. 
You can use any cut of chicken with this recipe. For cool presentation, I went with lollipop chicken legs. Read the post above to learn how to do this technique.
All of this was cooked on the KUDU Grill. It gives you great versatility for direct and indirect cooking, because you can move the whole grate at once, instead of each piece of chicken one at a time. The KUDU also allows you to cook the charred bok choy at the same time.


Calories: 905kcalCarbohydrates: 66gProtein: 47gFat: 51gSaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 240mgSodium: 2459mgPotassium: 794mgFiber: 1gSugar: 59gVitamin A: 441IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 68mgIron: 3mg
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