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Homemade Sweet Chili Grilled Chicken

Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Servings 4

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Grilled chicken with homemade sweet chili sauce – the perfect sweet and spicy combo! Make it as spicy or as mild as you want. Great straight on the grill or on skewers or kabobs (or kebabs)!

grilled chicken pieces on sheet pan brushed with homemade sweet chili sauce

So I’ve never been much of a griller.

When I plan something on the grill for supper it’s usually so that I get the night off and can weasel the hubs into cooking supper for me.

This summer, though, I’ve been trying harder to focus on more seasonal recipes and I’ve actually really started to enjoy grilling! I can’t say I hate the pudding pops or the no-bake desserts either. 🙂

chicken pieces on skewers brushed with homemade sweet chili sauce

I kind of like being “forced” to think more seasonally though.

Before I had the blog, I would just cook hearty comfort food pretty much year round. I would bake all summer and eat just whatever I felt like eating. Sometimes this meant turning on the grill, and sometimes it’d be hot soup or mac and cheese.

I find that focusing more on what season we’re in (or rather, focusing more on what season we’re going to be in in a month or two or three….) has made me love those seasons even more.

In the summer, I have an excuse to grill everything and never turn on the oven.

In the fall, I have an excuse to turn that oven back on and bake like crazy, especially with apples and cinnamon and caramel and…. All that good stuff (and yes, I left out the pumpkin on purpose.)

In the winter, I have an excuse to make all kinds of Christmas cookies and pretty pink and red things.

And in Spring, I’m breaking out the citrus. For some reason, Spring is all about citrus for me!

overhead image of grilled chicken pieces with red chilis all around

This sauce would be incredible just served with some chicken though (or just about anything else) – it tastes so much like the store bought version but all with normal ingredients! It’s not hard at all and totally worth it!

And please, please, don’t ever try to cook the sauce and puree it while it’s hot unless your blender is designed for that! You do not need a sweet chili explosion on your hands! Either puree the peppers before cooking the sauce or cook the sauce, cool, and then puree. Trust me on this one! And it doesn’t matter if the peppers get totally smooth – a few flecks of skin here are there just make it look like what it really is.

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Homemade Sweet Chili Grilled Chicken

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Homemade Sweet Chili Grilled Chicken: Grilled chicken with homemade sweet chili sauce – the perfect sweet and spicy combo! Make it as spicy or as mild as you want. Great straight on the grill or on skewers or kabobs (or kebabs)!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Servings 4
Calories 184cal


  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 red chili peppers seeded and diced (leave the seeds in for extra spicy)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/8 cup vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tbsp corn starch
  • 1/2 tbsp. water
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts sliced into strips


  • Make your sauce: in a small pot, combine water, garlic, chili peppers, sugar, vinegar, and salt and bring to a boil. Simmer for 3-5 minutes until peppers have softened. Puree with an immersion blender until smooth (or as smooth as possible – it’s okay if there are a few flecks of peppers). Bring back to a simmer. Whisk together water and corn starch and add to sauce, cooking just until thickened.
    Refrigerate until ready to use.
  • Preheat your grill to 400-450 degrees F. I like to spray my grill with non-stick so that the chicken doesn’t stick, but this is optional. If you’d like, skewer your chicken pieces or just leave them as is – it won’t affect cooking time or instructions.
  • Grill chicken on one side for 10 minutes or until golden brown. Flip and brush top with chili sauce (the side that is now cooked).
  • Cook another 10 minutes or until chicken is cooked through (it’s always best to use a meat thermometer to ensure an internal temperature of at least 165 degrees F). Flip and brush the other side with chili sauce. Remove from the grill and serve as desired.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 184cal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 424mg | Potassium: 418mg | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 50IU | Vitamin C: 5.4mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 0.4mg

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My name is Ashley Fehr and I love creating easy meals my family loves. I also like to do things my way, which means improvising and breaking the rules when necessary. Here you will find creative twists on old favorites and some of my favorite family recipes, passed down from generations!

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  1. Embeya says

    Woooow…..Homemade!!! It’s the only thing that taste good! And so easy to do…

    I think I will look for these and try your recipe this weekend. Thank you for sharing!

    Dang Thai from !

  2. GrannyJean says

    It’s hard for anyone to grill outside in the summertime when it’s 98 degrees at 7:00pm.
    So I’ll have to cook it in the oven on a oven grill until Oct. when we start cooking outside.
    The sauce sounds so good! This is my first day on your site and my first post.
    So hello everyone from Brownwood, Texas in Northwestern Hill Country.

    • Ashley Fehr says

      Hello GrannyJean! Yikes that does sound hot! It doesn’t usually get that hot up here in the summer, so we take advantage of grilling season while we have it! I hope you enjoy!

  3. Shannon says

    Loved the recipe! However, you list cornstarch/water in your ingredients, yet you never specify when to add them. After having made the recipe, it was quite thin/watery without it. Could you suggest when you add it? I’m assuming while it’s still hot. Would be nice if you updated the recipe to include!

  4. Zainab says

    I agree…blogging has helped me eat more seasonal!! And I am like you, I am grilling more. Love this grilled chicken. Will be perfect on a fresh simple salad!!

  5. Emanuele @ guyslovecooking says

    I think that having any fruits or vegetables available all year round makes it quite challenging for most people to distinguish what’s on season and what’s not. Unless of course you like cooking and are mindful of what you are eating. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Izzy says

    These look so pretty and glossy!! Although, the weather in AZ allows us to grill all year round it is definitely more fun to grill in the summertime! Except when it is so hot outside that I’m scared the grill is going to blow up, haha! I’m so ready for apples and ovens though 🙂

  7. Cyndi - My Kitchen Craze says

    You go Ashley. I’m way to scared to try out grilling. I should but it intimidates me. This grilled chicken look delicious! I love a good sweet chili sauce and on top of grilled chicken…Yum! I need to make this asap! Pinned.

    • Ashley says

      Haha, I think I have taken over the grill this summer! Normally I don’t but with this whole food blog thing, I can’t trust my husband to get my pretty grill marks. Lol

  8. Dorothy Dunton says

    Hi Ashley! I am definitely a seasonal cook, due in large part to our garden! I make a green chile sauce that I use for chicken (or pork) enchiladas – in fact, there are peppers just waiting to be picked out there now!

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