Grabbing the Gusto

Deirdre Reid – Freelance Writer & Home Cook

Better than Chinese take-out chicken, this recipe features a sticky, sweet and spicy glaze of honey, chile sauce, garlic, orange peel, soy sauce and ginger. 


If you have a hankering for Chinese take-out but can’t get it satisfied, you’ll love this recipe. It’s quick, really tasty and exactly what it says: sticky, sweet and spicy. I added grated orange peel to the original recipe from the Dinner with Julie blog because I was thinking about the sticky orange chicken I used to get from the Hunan restaurant down the street from my Arlington VA apartment.

I increased the sauce ingredients because there can never be enough sauce. Next time I make this, I’ll add slivers of sautéed onion, bell pepper and carrot to the mix, just to make it more interesting–and more sauce.

I made Spicy Broccoli with Ginger and Garlic and rice to accompany the chicken. I jazzed up the rice a bit by adding sautéed onion, mushroom and garlic. Sauté the vegetables first and then add the water for the rice. After the water comes to a boil, add the rice, give it a good stir and let it cook.

Sticky, Sweet, Spicy Chinese Homemade Takeout Chicken recipe | Grabbing the Gusto

Sticky, Sweet, Spicy Chinese Homemade Takeout Chicken | Grabbing the Gusto

Sticky Sweet Spicy Chinese Takeout Chicken

You’ll need a small saucepan, spoon, shallow bowl, large skillet with lid and spatula.

  • 1-1/2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 4-6 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 teaspoons sriracha or other chile sauce, or to taste
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons grated orange peel (almost a whole small orange)
  • 5 skinless, boneless chicken thighs, cut into bite-sized chunks
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • canola oil

In a small saucepan, stir together the brown sugar, honey, soy sauce, ginger, garlic, chile sauce and orange peel in a saucepan. Bring to a simmer and cook until slightly reduced and syrupy. Stir occasionally.

In a shallow bowl, dredge or toss the chicken pieces in flour. Heat some oil in a heavy skillet set over medium-high heat. Add chicken and brown on all sides. Pour the sauce over the chicken, stir to coat, then cover and cook for a few minutes, until it’s cooked through and covered with a sticky glaze.

Original recipe: Erin’s Sweet, Spicy, Sticky Chicken, Dinner with Julie


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2 thoughts on “Sticky, Sweet & Spicy Chinese Take-Out Chicken

  1. Leslie F. says:

    Yum! I put this on the list to make this week!

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