|December 17, 2022


Sweet and sticky chicken sauce with a spicy kick. Crunchy chicken bites in a glossy spicy sweet sauce. The ideal accompaniment to steamed rice and leafy vegetables. This chicken meal is a definite winner! Also perfect for meal prep! This simple Chinese dish combines sweet, spicy, sticky, and crispy flavors. The chicken is perfectly fried and then coated in a delectable sticky sauce. Brown sugar, garlic, fresh ginger, and red pepper flakes combine to create a sweet and flavorful sauce! It only takes 30 minutes to prepare.

This sweet and spicy sauce chicken is so delicious and irresistible that you might need to double the recipe if you have a family of four or more since members will finish it in seconds. It's spicy, but you may reduce the spices and chilies to make it milder. It's ideal for days when you want chicken dipped in a spicy and sweet sauce but are too lazy to go out or cook dinner. You may also make it ahead of time and keep it in the refrigerator. That way, you'll have a lovely lunch to savor for the rest of the week. If you want to serve it at family dinners, like for Mother's Day or Father's Day, it's a great choice. 

How to make Sweet, Sticky, and Spicy Chicken Sauce?

Sweet and Spicy Chicken is perfectly crispy and coated in the most delicious, sweet, sticky, and spicy sauce. Make it in one pan in only 30 minutes!


Sweet, Sticky, and Spicy Chicken Sauce is an easy-to-make appetizer and part or main coarse dish that will burst a bomb of flavors in your mouth. It satiates all the pallets and makes a perfect option to add to your meals.
Print Recipe
  • Course - Main Course
  • Cuisine - Chinese
  • Servings - 4


  • 1 pound - Chicken thighs cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1/3 cup - Cornstarch
  • Oil for frying
  • Six cloves - Garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon - Ginger minced
  • 1 teaspoon - Red chili flakes
  • 3 dried - red peppers, optional

For the Sauce

  • 6 tablespoons - Rice vinegar
  • 6 tablespoons - Soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon - Hot sauce
  • 1/2 cup - Water
  • 4 tablespoons - Brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon - Cornstarch


  • Toss the chicken thighs with the cornstarch in a large mixing bowl until every piece of chicken is coated. Place aside.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine all of the "Sauce" ingredients and whisk. Place aside.
  • Pour enough vegetable oil into a big pan to cover the bottom. When the oil is hot, add the chicken and fry until crispy and brown on medium-high heat.
  • Remove the chicken from the pan, reserving one tablespoon of the oil and discarding the rest.
  • Stir in the garlic, ginger, and red pepper flakes, and simmer over low heat for approximately 30 seconds or until the garlic begins to smell. Stir constantly, being careful not to burn the garlic and red pepper flakes.
  • Give the sweet and spicy sauce a brief toss and add it to the pan.
  • Stir to coat the chicken thoroughly for 30 seconds to 1 minute or until the sauce has thickened.
  • Serve hot with steamed or fried rice. 

What to serve with Sweet, Sticky, Spicy Chicken?

Our sweet sticky, Spicy Chicken Sauce also serves as a dip in this dish. You can use it to coat the chicken or as a side dish.

For dinner, you can also serve it as a main course with plain or fried rice and veggies like broccoli and carrots. It also pairs well with Veggie-tossed noodles. Sauteed vegetables are also a healthy option. Regardless of how you serve it, ensure you have plenty of napkins, or you'll be sucking your finger clean! Makes a perfect side dish for or a part of the main course to your Christmas and New Year Party. 

Final Words

Sweet and Spicy Chicken Sauce is a restaurant-quality dinner that tastes better than any takeaway and can be made in 30 minutes in the comfort of your home. Simple ingredients are low-cost and ideal for busy weekday dinners when you want to cook less and eat more. If you're looking for more easy-to-cook recipes, then Alcoeats is your spot. Alcoeats has a range of natural spices that can add an aromatic and flavourful experience to your culinary skills. Endless options of Easy Indie Bowl Instant Gravy mixes that can ease your cooking and save you time. Instant gravies make your complex recipes easy so that you can cook something new in your kitchen daily.


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