Ginger Soy Grilled Chicken (Only 3 Ingredients) {Recipe}

How about an easy chicken recipe to grill up this summer?

Recipes with few ingredients are my fave. Isn’t it such a pain to go to the grocery store and pick up a dozen things to make one meal? I mean, sure it’s worth it once in awhile or for a special occasion, but for everyday eats, I’d rather just have everything on hand. I may not have fresh ginger at all times, but I always have soy sauce. And ginger is easy enough to pick up with the chicken.

I normally don’t do recipes with marinades because I think they take too long (and when you’re often coming home after most people’s dinner time, you need fast-fast-fast), but given the simplicity of some of them, I don’t mind doing a little multi-tasking while I’m letting the chicken get delicious.







Ginger Soy Grilled Chicken (Only 3 Ingredients) {Recipe}
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Here’s a super easy way to give chicken full-on flavor. Just use tasty soy sauce and vibrant fresh ginger in a quick marinade. A quick turn on the grill, and dinner is ready! The chicken is a bit salty due to the soy sauce, so be sure to serve it with plain rice to balance the flavors.
Recipe type: Entree
Serves: 2
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • 1 inch fresh ginger, peeled and minced
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • sesame seeds, optional, for garnish
  1. In a small bowl, add soy sauce and ginger and whisk to combine. Set aside ½ the marinade in a small bowl (cover until ready to use).
  2. Marinate chicken in ½ the marinade for 30 minutes to one hour. Note: I like to take a large ziplock bag and roll the sides down. I’ll put the bag in a large bowl (see photos above), add the chicken, and pour the marinade over the chicken breasts. Then, I seal the bag and use my fingers to move the chicken to make sure they’re covered all around by the marinade.
  3. Pre-heat grill. Grill chicken, brushing with reserved marinade occasionally, until cooked through, about 6-8 minutes per side, depending on grill type and heat level.
  4. Serve with rice and vegetable of choice (I liked steamed broccoli or grilled zucchini) and sprinkle with sesame seeds, if using. Enjoy!
Prep time: about 5 minutes to mix and 30 minutes – 1 hour to marinate, depending on how patient you’re feeling.

Click here for another 3 ingredient TCL chicken recipe with lemon and rosemary!


As for life lately, I just spent a great weekend in Greenville visiting my family for my dad’s birthday and for a belated Father’s Day celebration. I took some photos to share later this week. And I still have a bunch of recipes to post, including a variation based on this one!

Happy cooking! Thanks for stopping by!

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  1. Gabriela says

    I’m all out of fresh ginger. Would ground ginger work as well? I’d hate to go to the grocery store for just one item.

    • says

      I think the fresh ginger is more flavorful and zingy, but dry might work. I’d probably use 1 teaspoon of ground, dry ginger since dry is stronger than fresh. If you had fresh garlic, you could try using that instead or maybe adding some with the ground ginger. Let me know how it works out, Gabriela! :)

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