Sticky asian chicken

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This sticky Asian chicken is a EASY 4-ingredient recipe That will shake up your dinners on weekdays. Salty soy sauce, sweet brown sugar, and spicy garlic chili paste combine to make one of the easiest Asian-inspired marinades to imagine.

When you add that marinade to the chicken and bake, broil, broil, or fry and you get an Asian chicken recipe that's better than anything you can find in a restaurant.

Sticky asian chicken

My middle son cheers every time I make this chicken that has turned quite often. Sticky Asian Chicken is so easy that it has come to our table countless times in the last five years.

The inspiration for this recipe came a while ago when I accidentally picked up a jar of garlic and chili paste while shopping for groceries. I was looking for my favorite chili paste, Sambal Oelek, and in a moment of distraction, I chose the wrong one.

The garlic and chili paste resembles Sambal Oelek but has a slightly different flavor that I liked. Garlic gives the dish a different layer of heat without being really spicy.

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If you can't find the garlic and chili paste, Sticky Asian Chicken is easy to make without it. Just add minced garlic to your favorite simple chili paste. It's an easy hack that works great on this recipe when you're in trouble!

Speaking of chili paste, you can adjust the amount of chili paste as you like. The amount of pasta you add will determine how spicy the finished Asian chicken will be.

If you are a spice lover, feel free to use up to 6 tablespoons of things. Those who are less tolerant to spices can start with 4 and go from there. For my kids, I used 4 tablespoons and it was perfect.

Asian Chicken Recipe

Too often, Asian chicken recipes are too spicy for my kids or too tasteless for me. This recipe is none.

The sugar in the recipe is balanced and there is almost no heat. Although the chicken was not that spicy, it was completely full of rich flavor.

My middle son liked it so much that he ate four drumsticks the first time I did this and would happily have eaten more.

Sticky Asian Chicken Recipe

The slowest part of this recipe is letting the chicken marinate for a few hours. While it takes 4-6 hours for the chicken to really absorb that good sauce, it's free time.

I like to prepare the marinade and chicken early in the day and let it marinate while doing other things. Then, a couple of hours before dinner, I take the chicken out of the refrigerator to bring it to room temperature.

Drumsticks are our favorite cut of meat to use in this recipe. Skinless chicken breasts and boneless chicken drumsticks work great too!

You just need to adjust your cooking times to the type of cut. Boneless thighs and breasts will generally take about half the time of bone-in chicken cuts.

Baked Asian Chicken

Baking is one of my favorite ways to cook chicken, and this recipe is no exception. After just 40 minutes or so in the oven, each piece of chicken is tender, juicy, and tasty.

If you like Asian baked chicken, let me be the first to insist that you also try my beloved {5 minute} pan chicken dinner. It's another easy, kid-friendly dinner that my family constantly requests.

Baked Asian Chicken

Another even quicker way to cook this chicken is to place it under the grill for about 10 minutes. My family also loved the way the chicken tasted grilled. This is a great option for busy nights when you need a tasty meal and no time to waste.

Fried chicken

If you prefer your chicken to be cooked on the stove, this recipe works great with a frying cooking method. I let each piece cook in the pan, covered, until golden brown and crisp.

Skillet Italian chicken drumsticks are another great stovetop chicken recipe.

Asian marinade

While the chicken is cooking, part of the marinade is simmered on the stove until it is slightly thick and reduced. Sprinkle the marinade over the finished cooked chicken and get ready for one of the tastiest chicken dinners of your life.

The portion of the marinade that you will cook over low heat should be reserved before adding raw chicken to the rest of the marinade. Remember to discard any marinades that have touched raw chicken, for food safety.

If you like this recipe, you can also enjoy my Asian Chicken Salad, Spicy Bacon and Sauteed Chicken and Ginger and Sauteed Broccoli Chicken recipe.

Sticky asian chicken

Sticky Asian chicken can be baked or roasted in the oven, cooked on the stove or broiled. However you cook it, this chicken is irresistible!

Servings: 6-8 servings


  • 4 pound chicken about 12-16 drumsticks, depending on size
  • 1 1/2 cups low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 4-6 tablespoons garlic chili paste or chili paste such as Sambal Oelek plus 2 minced garlic cloves


  • Combine soy sauce, sugar, and chili paste in a large mug or bowl and mix to mix. Pour MEDIUM the marinade into a separate container and refrigerate until needed, this will be the chicken glaze. Place chicken in a gallon ziploc bag or airtight container. Cover with remaining marinade and seal. Place in the refrigerator, turning the bag every hour or two until ready to cook. Marinate for 4 to 6 hours.

  • 30 – 60 minutes before it's ready to cook, remove the chicken from the refrigerator and place it on the counter to get closer to room temperature.

  • INSTRUCTIONS FOR BAKING THE OVEN: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place the chicken pieces on a foil-lined baking sheet, discard any marinade the chicken has touched. Bake the chicken for 30 minutes.

  • Remove the chicken from the oven, turn the pieces over, and return the chicken to the oven. Bake an additional 8-10 minutes until juices run clear when pierced with a knife. While the chicken is done baking, place the clean reserved marinade in a small saucepan and boil for at least 1 minute. Reduce heat to low for about 5 minutes.

  • Serve the chicken with the slightly reduced marinade sauce drizzled over the chicken. Enjoy!

  • OVEN GRILLING INSTRUCTIONS: Preheat oven for broiling. Place the chicken pieces on a foil-lined baking sheet, discard any marinade the chicken has touched. Roast the chicken for 10 minutes. Place the clean reserved marinade in a small saucepan and boil for at least 1 minute. Reduce heat to low while cooking chicken.

  • Remove the chicken from the oven, turn the pieces over and lightly drizzle with the marinade. Return the chicken to the oven and cook another 5 to 8 minutes until the juices run clear when pierced with a knife. Serve the chicken with the slightly reduced marinade sauce drizzled over the chicken. Enjoy!


  • Heat a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Put the chicken pieces in the pan with the skin down, discard all the marinade that the chicken has touched. Cover the chicken with a lid and let it cook without touching it for about 10 minutes. Place the clean reserved marinade in a small saucepan and boil for at least 1 minute, then reduce to low heat while the chicken is cooking.

  • Turn the chicken over. The skin should be super crisp and very golden. If not, increase the heat and leave

  • it cooks a couple of minutes more before turning it. Flip the chicken over and let the other side brown for another 5-10 minutes, depending on the size of the pieces. Serve the chicken with rice, with the slightly reduced marinade sauce drizzled over the chicken or on the side. Enjoy!


Drumsticks are our favorites for this recipe, although they also work very well with other chicken cuts. I have also used boneless skinless chicken thighs or chicken breasts successfully. Just adjust the cook time as needed. Thighs and breasts will take about half the cooking time as bone-in pieces, maybe a little longer than that, depending on thickness.

Chicken Recipes

When you're busy and have a family to feed, you can never have enough chicken recipes.

Try the Chocolate Chocolate Copycat Chick-fil-A Nuggets and more the next time you have a fast food craving. Buffalo Chicken Spinach Alfredo from 365 Days of Baking is a delicious version of chicken and pasta.

Creamy spinach with chicken and artichokes from Spend with Pennies and simmered chicken tacos from Love from the Oven are two more chicken recipes to add to your list!

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