Spicy, Sticky Chicken

I promised to make more quick and easy weeknight dinner dishes and this spicy, sticky chicken is only going to take 10 minutes of prep and  40 minutes in the oven.  It’s a nice change up in flavor and will go beautifully with quinoa, freekah or brown rice.

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Sticky chicken has been around forever and the recipe has been tweaked many, many times over the years.  My recipe is simple yet super flavorful.  The marinade sticks to the chicken and both adults and children are going to call this ‘finger licking good’!

I don’t normally cook chicken with the skin on but I did this time for two reasons.  It keeps the meat super moist and it’s significantly cheaper at the grocery store.  You can buy it this way and remove the skin at home or you can cook it with it on and then remove it before eating. Of course, you can choose to do this with wings, drumsticks or breasts as well.  Depending on the size of the breasts, you cooking time might vary.

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You’ll want to put a couple nicks in each thigh before marinating the night before.  If you put this in your baking dish and pour over the marinade and cover, you’ll just have to pull it out and toss it in the oven next day for dinner.  Let it warm up a little first, of course, but this dish is in the super simple category, right?  Add the cashews and green onions five minutes before you finish baking this deliciousness and you’ve got yourself an awesome meal.

Be sure to check that the internal temperature is 165 F when your timer goes off.  If you’re finding that the chicken is browning too quickly but not cooked yet, cover lightly in foil and continue.

A side dish of steamed carrots and broccoli would be perfect with this along with your rice.  If you make this dish, tag me on Instagram – I’d love to share it with the world.  Cheers!


Spicy, Sticky Chicken
Author: Robyn @ Simply Fresh Dinners
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Serves: 4
A quick and easy chicken dinner that is far from ordinary. Change up your weeknight menu with these fun flavors.
  • 8 chicken thighs, skin on, bone in
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Chinese 5 spice powder
  • 3 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ginger, minced
  • 10 shakes of hot sauce, optional (your choice – I used tabasco sauce)
  • freshly ground black pepper, a couple turns of your grinder
  • 1 bunch of spring onions, chopped
  • 2 ounces of unsalted cashews
  1. Arrange the chicken thighs in a roasting pan, skin side up. Use a knife to cut 2-3 small slices in each thigh.
  2. Combine Chinese 5 spice powder, soy sauce, sesame oil, honey, balsamic vinegar, garlic, ginger and tabasco sauce. Stir well and pour over chicken. Cover pan and refrigerate overnight. If unable to do overnight, marinate a minimum of 2 hours.
  3. Preheat oven to 400F
  4. Roast for 35 minutes, basting once. Add green onion and cashews and roast an additional 5 minutes.
  5. Serve immediately.
Calories: 450 g Fat: 27 g Saturated fat: 7g Carbohydrates: 19g Sugar: 14g Fiber: 2g Protein: 32g

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  • Reply
    Debbie Harris
    February 14, 2016 at 11:12 pm

    Oooh Robyn, this sure looks delicious!
    I’ve pinned the recipe and will have to make it in the near future. I know my dear husband will enjoy it. He’s a potato man, so he will get potatoes while I’ll have the rice.
    Haha 🙂
    Have a great week ahead of you, my friend.

    Blessings~~ Debbie

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      February 16, 2016 at 8:07 am

      Thanks so much, Debbie. I’m finding that I’m a fan of potatoes this winter. I roast them with a little olive oil, salt and pepper and avoid all the butter, sour cream, etc.
      Hope your week is as wonderful as you, Daffy friend. xo
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    Anita Rivera
    February 15, 2016 at 5:56 am

    ROBYN! GOSH this is going to be the perfect meal for tonight; though it’s relatively easy to prepare, it will be NICE for me to try this today since I don’t go to SCHOOL!!!!!!! And your photos make this a mouth-watering treat even now in the early morning hours. Yum….the cashews and green onions are my favorites!

    Happy late Valentine’s to you dear heart! Anita

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    Blair @ The Seasoned Mom
    February 15, 2016 at 8:12 am

    You had me at quick, and easy, and chicken, and sticky, and spicy!! This sounds like the PERFECT dinner, Robyn!
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      February 16, 2016 at 8:04 am

      You and I like all the same foods, Blair. We need to be neighbours so we could share the cooking chores, lol. Thanks so much.
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    February 15, 2016 at 8:48 am

    That looks wonderful, definitely had to pin this to my Cooking – Main Dish Pinterest Board. It looks like a totaly 10 on the mouth watering scale!
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    February 15, 2016 at 8:57 am

    Robyn, this looks delightful! And anything that’s quick and easy and healthy is a winner for sure. Hope you had a fabulous Valentine’s day! Pinned.

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      February 16, 2016 at 8:02 am

      Thanks so much, Marie! Chicken sure is a popular one, isn’t it? Thanks so much for sharing 🙂
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    February 15, 2016 at 10:28 am

    Hi Robyn, chicken thighs are my husbands favorite, will make this sauce. Looks delicious!
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      February 16, 2016 at 8:00 am

      Hiya Cheri,
      Thighs seem to be a favorite for guys, lol. I think you’ll enjoy this. Your soup is simply gorgeous!
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    Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
    February 15, 2016 at 10:36 am

    I’m always sans skin and bone too, but these look fantastic!! Now that I’m no longer scared to cook thighs…these shall happen 😉
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      February 16, 2016 at 7:57 am

      I used to be scared of cooking thighs too, Rebecca! These were really yummy
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    Anita Rivera
    February 16, 2016 at 5:20 am

    DEAREST ROBYN!!!!!!! Good morning! I didn’t have all the ingredients for this recipe, but the chicken came out outstanding last night! That sesame oil is magic! And….thank you so much for coming to visit my post! I was finally able to get comments to work and I so loved seeing yours this morning. YOU have really opened up a new door for me with my photography hobby. I can’t wait to open up my photos now every time I attempt to shoot a picture. The editing is fun, though with RAW, all I need to do is very minimal, such as lightening up a bit. MAGIC!

    OK, off to school now. I had a great day off yesterday but now the work restarts. LOVE!

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      February 16, 2016 at 7:54 am

      So many people have encouraged and pushed me to the next step in my photography, Anita, that it’s only right for me to do it to you now, lol. I’m so grateful for the help I’ve received so it’s a pleasure to watch your photos just own the page with their beauty. So happy for you
      I still laugh when I think of us talking in your kitchen 🙂
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    February 16, 2016 at 10:31 am

    Beautiful dish for dinner Robyn. Spicy and Sticky are a great temptation. I love chicken dishes. They are easy and so good. You make every dish beautiful with your photography skills and staging. Lots of love from W.W. Xo
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    February 19, 2016 at 11:54 am

    This looks amazing!! Pinned! Thanks for sharing at Table It!
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    February 19, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    Hi Robyn,
    This looks and sounds wonderful. I love chicken and with the almond, onions and honey on it makes it really special. I think I would let out the hot sauce since I am not a spicy food lover. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays. Pinned & tweeted!

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    Michelle | A Dish of Daily Life
    February 25, 2016 at 7:07 pm

    Robyn, this looks absolutely delicious! So glad you shared it at #FoodieFriDIY because I am definitely trying this!! And I’m featuring it tonight too! 🙂
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    October 20, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    This might be quick and easy but served up with rice and a salad you could easily serve it for company! You make magic in the kitchen…
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      October 25, 2016 at 7:46 am

      And you always make my day with your generous comments, Mindy. Thank you so much! I have found that kids really love this so it’s great when you have a houseful and not sure what to feed them 🙂

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