Sweet and Spicy Ponzu Chicken Bake Recipe

January 12th, 2024

The heart of winter is the perfect time to warm up the oven and try some flavorful new recipes. And we’re here to help.

Check out our Taste of Asia displays for featured products and produce from eastern Asia! Whether you already know the difference between tamari and soy sauce or you’re new to Asian ingredients and ponzu’s got you pondering, Amelia has curated a recipe you’ll surely love. 

This chicken recipe is an easy way to add more flavor to your week. It requires a little planning ahead for marinating and baking time but makes up for it with an easy cleanup. Dee-lish!

Sweet and Spicy Ponzu Baked Chicken

Servings: 6

What You’ll Need

  • 1/4 cup Marukan Ponzu Premium Soy Dressing with Sudachi Citrus
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 Tbsp Marukan Seasoned Gourmet Rice Vinegar
  • 2 – 3 tsp chili garlic sauce (based on desired heat level)
  • 1 tsp ginger paste
  • 6 chicken thighs, bone-in, skin on
  • 1 Tbsp kosher or fine sea salt
  • 1 Tbsp black pepper
  • 3 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 2 Tbsp sesame seeds


  1. In a small bowl, combine ponzu sauce, honey, vegetable oil, vinegar, chili garlic sauce, and ginger. Whisk to combine.
  2. Pat chicken thighs dry and season on both sides with salt and pepper. Place in a large food storage bag.
  3. Add the marinade to bag and flip bag several times to thoroughly coat chicken. Let sit at room temperature for 20-30 minutes, turning bag occasionally.
  4. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  5. Transfer marinade and chicken, skin-side down, to a cast iron skillet or baking dish. Bake for 35-40 minutes, flipping the chicken over once.
  6. Place under broiler for 5 minutes until slightly charred around the edges. The chicken is done when it has an internal temperature of 165°F.
  7. Garnish with scallions and sesame seeds. Serve with cooked rice or noodles.

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