Honey Sriracha Chicken combines the irresistible blend of honey and Sriracha to form the ultimate glaze for this tender baked chicken. A fusion of sweet and spicy, this dish promises to hook you with its flavor-rich, saucy, and sticky goodness from the very first bite!
Honey Sriracha Chicken Recipe
Dine-in or take-out? Forget that question! This is restaurant-quality chicken made with love right in your kitchen! Prepare to dig in and enjoy the fun because this honey sriracha chicken is all about a sweet, sour, and sticky experience! It’s happiness in a meal made with tender chicken that’s glazed in a spicy yet sweet sauce. Simple to whip up and definitely better for you than take-out, it’s perfect with some steamed rice and your chosen veggie side. It’s also an easy weeknight meal that’s sure to win a thumbs-up all around the table!
Why You’ll Love This Chicken Recipe
- Flavorful: The blend of honey and Sriracha brings a balance of sweet and spicy, resulting in a major delicious bite!
- Versatility at Its Best: Leftovers can be transformed into lunches, salads, sandwiches, or wraps.
- Simple: No fancy ingredients – the recipe calls for everyday items you probably already have in your pantry.
- Restaurant Quality & Budget Friendly: Who needs take-out when you can create this dish in your own kitchen?
- Adjustable Heat Level: Whether you like it fiery hot or mildly sweet, the Sriracha allows you to control the spice level to suit your preference.
- A Crowd-Pleaser: Whether it’s a family dinner, a potluck with friends, or meal prep for the week, this Honey Sriracha Chicken never fails to impress.
How To Make Honey Sriracha Chicken
What sets this chicken apart is its effortless appeal, made with just a handful of everyday ingredients. The spicy kick of Sriracha and the honey’s sweetness create a glorious sticky sauce that clings to the juicy chicken.
Honey Sriracha Sauce Ingredients
- sriracha sauce or hot chili sauce; you can also use sweet chili sauce
- low sodium soy sauce
- white vinegar
- lime juice
- garlic, minced
Honey Sriracha Chicken Ingredients
- vegetable oil
- boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- salt and fresh ground black pepper
- seasonings & spices: sweet paprika, garlic powder, dried thyme, dried basil
- Prepare the Sriracha Sauce: In a small bowl, you’ll want to combine honey, sriracha, garlic, white vinegar, soy sauce, and lime juice. Set aside until ready to use.
- Brown and Sizzle: Start by browning the chicken breasts in a skillet for about 2 minutes per side.
- Bake and Glaze: Pour the honey-sriracha sauce over the chicken, cover, and bake until done.
- Thickening the Sauce: Mix some of the cooked sauce with cornstarch, pour it back into the dish, and bake for 2 more minutes. This adds a rich, glossy finish to your dish.
- Add the Final Touch: Sprinkle sesame seeds and green onions, and serve with lime wedges for that tangy twist.
Tips & Variations
- Adjust the Heat: Feel free to tweak the amount of Sriracha to suit your taste buds.
- Alternate Proteins: Swap out the chicken breasts for thighs or even salmon for a delicious twist on the recipe.
- Make It Ahead: Prepare the sauce ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator. You can also marinate the chicken in the sauce for a few hours for deeper flavor.
- Garnish Galore: Experiment with different garnishes like chopped cilantro, sesame seeds, or even crushed peanuts for added crunch.
- Use a Meat Thermometer: For perfectly cooked chicken, use a meat thermometer. Chicken is cooked through when the internal temperature reaches 165˚F.
- Gluten-Free Options: If you need a gluten-free version, make sure to use gluten-free soy sauce or tamari.
Frequently Asked Questions
Absolutely! You could totally make this with chicken thighs by following this recipe for Honey Sriracha Chicken Thighs.
If you don’t have time to brown the chicken, that’s no issue! You can just arrange the chicken breasts in a baking dish, pour over the sriracha sauce, and pop it in the oven.
Cooking time for chicken always depends on the size of the chicken breasts. In this recipe, the chicken breasts will bake for 20 minutes, covered, at 375˚F; then, you will remove the cover and continue to bake for 15 minutes or until the chicken is done. Chicken is cooked through when the internal temperature reaches 165˚F on an instant-read meat thermometer.
These serving suggestions can be mixed and matched to create a full meal that complements the taste and texture of Honey Sriracha Chicken.
- Simple White or Brown Rice keeps the dish simple and lets the chicken’s flavors shine.
- Stir-Fried Vegetables like my Stir Fry Zucchini Noodles will add color, crunch, and nutrition to the plate.
- Noodles: Like soba or these teriyaki noodles for an Asian-inspired twist.
- Fresh Green Salad with a light vinaigrette – hello, Cilantro Vinaigrette Coleslaw! – for a refreshing contrast to the spicy chicken.
- Grilled Asparagus or Broccoli brings a smoky flavor that complements the sweet and spicy chicken.
- Mashed Potatoes: Creamy and comforting, my garlic rosemary mashed potatoes make it a cozy side dish.
- Garlic Bread or Naan: Soaks up the delicious sauce and adds a comforting carb to the meal.
- Store the chicken in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3-4 days
More Baked Chicken Recipes
- Easy Baked Chicken Breasts
- Garlic Herb Baked Chicken Breasts
- Baked Honey Mustard Chicken
- Cheesy Asparagus Stuffed Chicken
Honey Sriracha Chicken
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste
- ½ teaspoon sweet paprika
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon dried thyme
- ½ teaspoon dried basil
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- chopped fresh cilantro or parsley
- sesame seeds
- lime wedges
- Preheat oven to 375°F.
- Lightly grease a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.
- Combine sriracha sauce, honey, soy sauce, vinegar, lime juice, and garlic in a small mixing bowl; whisk until thoroughly incorporated and set aside.
- Heat the vegetable oil in a skillet.
- Season the chicken breasts with salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder, dried thyme, and dried basil. Add chicken breasts to the skillet and cook for 2 minutes on each side or until just browned.
- Transfer the chicken breasts to the baking dish.
- Pour the honey-sriracha sauce over the chicken breasts, turning the chicken over to cover each chicken breast entirely with the sriracha sauce.
- Cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes.
- Remove the cover and continue to bake for 15 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through. Cooking time will vary depending on the size/thickness of the chicken. Use an Instant Read Meat Thermometer and pull out the chicken when its internal temperature registers at 165˚F.
- Remove the chicken from the oven and spoon out about 3 tablespoons of the sauce into a small cup. Whisk the cornstarch into the cup and whisk until well combined.
- Stir the cornstarch slurry back into the baking dish and put the chicken back in the oven; cook for 1 to 2 minutes or until the sauce has slightly thickened.
- Remove from oven and let stand for 5 minutes.
- Spoon the sauce over the chicken.
- Garnish with cilantro and sesame seeds and serve with lime wedges.
- Adjust the Heat: Tweak the Sriracha amount for milder or spicier flavors.
- Alternate Proteins: Swap chicken breasts for chicken thighs, salmon, or shrimp.
- Make It Ahead: Prepare the sauce earlier, or marinate the chicken in the sauce for a few hours for deeper flavor.
- Use a Meat Thermometer: Aim for 165˚F internal temperature for perfectly cooked chicken.
- Meal Prep Friendly: Cook extra to use for salads, sandwiches, or wraps.
- Gluten-Free Options: Substitute with gluten-free soy sauce or tamari for a gluten-free version.
- Storage: Store the chicken in an airtight container and keep it in the fridge for 3 to 4 days.
Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.