Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 8 mins

The sweet-spicy marinade really intensifies the chicken's grilled flavors and elevates it to a new high for chicken! For a wonderfully deep maple flavor, use a dark amber syrup, if you can find it. Time does not include 30 minutes to 1 hour of marinating time.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Toss onion slices with 2 teaspoons of salt on a shallow dish. Let stand for 15 minutes.
  2. Add maple syrup and chili paste and stir to combine.
  3. Add chicken breasts and coat completely. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes to an hour.
  4. Spray your grill with cooking spray and light it.
  5. Remove chicken from marinade and brush off most of the onion.
  6. Grill the chicken over a moderately hot fire for about 4 minutes per side, or until lightly charred and cooked through.
  7. Transfer to a platter and serve hot.
Most Helpful

This was just yummy! I didn't have an I used onion powder sprinkled with salt...this was so delicious...I'm happy we made it...the sweetness along with the heat of he chili paste was spot on...thanks for posting!

teresas July 08, 2012

This is fabulous & really appealed to our tastebuds. I made a few minor changes - used a whole onion, didn't salt it first (no time) & used 1 heaped tsp each garlic & sambal oelek (no chili paste with garlic). I cooked on the hotplate on the barbeque & also cooked the onions, which came out nicely caramelised. The chicken came out wonderfully tender & tasting awesome. Even the leftovers for lunch are great! Thanks for sharing this keeper.

Heydarl May 21, 2008

Wow! This is outstanding! Sweet and slightly spicy and oh so yummy! We grilled this on a gas grill but I think it would be equally nice broiled in the oven or done inside on a Foreman type grill. So simple with just a few ingredients for a fast marinade yet the flavor delivered was primo! Scrumptious! Thanks again NcM!

Mama's Kitchen (Hope) January 05, 2008