Better-Than-Takeout Sticky Chicken
Better-Than-Takeout Sticky Chicken – Stop calling for takeout or going to the mall food court and make this AMAZING sticky chicken at home in 15 minutes!! So EASY with the perfect balance of sweet and spicy with plenty of sticky sauce!!
How To Make Better-Than-Takeout Sticky Chicken
If I’m walking by the food court in the mall and if I can snag a free sample of sticky chicken, I do a little happy dance inside. But I don’t order it because I know it’s greasy and loaded with calories and fat that I don’t need.
Enter this homemade non-fried version of sticky chicken that’s made in one skillet and ready in 15 minutes. No fuss, hassle-free, and perfect for busy weeknights.
The chicken is ridiculously tender, juicy, and loaded with authentic Asian flavors.
As written, the recipe makes a lot of sauce and I like to drench my rice in it but if you’re not as much of a sauce person, you can cut the sauce recipe in half.
To a large skillet, add boneless skinless chicken breast pieces that have been dredged in egg, flour, and cornstarch.
Cook until the chicken is done, about 7 minutes, and then add the sauce.
What’s In The Sauce
This sauce is a mixture of honey, ketchup, soy sauce, white and brown sugar, vinegar, and chili garlic sauce. You probably have all the items in your pantry or fridge already. Chili garlic sauce is readily available at almost any grocery store these days. If you like this flavor profile, check out my 15-Minute Chinese Sweet and Sour Chicken recipe.
The honey, ketchup, and sugars create the sweetness. The chili garlic sauce adds spiciness, and when you boil and reduce the sauce down in the presence of cornstarch, it because thicker and stickier. It’s finger licking good.
Sweet And Spicy (Or Not)
The sauce is just sweet enough but is balanced with the tang of the vinegar.
I added 3 heaping tablespoons chili garlic sauce and the chicken and sauce had a nice kick If you’re sensitive to spicy foods, dial that quantity back. Start with one tablespoon and work up from there. Or if you don’t want any spiciness, it’s easy to omit.
But in my opinion for a true better-than-takeout sticky chicken, there needs to be some spiciness.
Tips For Cooking With Cornstarch
Cornstarch thickens any liquids or sauces it comes into contact with. In this recipe it helps the sauce tighten up and cling to the chicken.
Cornstarch is a kitchen magician in many regards, but there are some pitfalls. If you’re not careful you can have a gloppy mess in a hurry.
My tips for avoiding that include:
- Cook over medium to medium-high heat but not high
- Stir the pan sauce nearly constantly until you get the sauce consistency just to your liking
- Sauces that have cornstarch in them tend to tighten up a bit more as they cool so plan accordingly
- 1/2 to 2/3 cup honey
- 1/2 cup ketchup
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar (or regular or rice vinegar)
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed (light or dark)
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 to 4 tablespoons chili garlic sauce, to taste (I used 3 heaping tablespoons and there was a nice kick; reduce to 1 tablespoon or less if you're very sensitive to spicy foods)
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/3 cup corn starch, for dredging
- 1.25 to 1.50 pound boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces
- 3 to 4 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch + 2 tablespoons cold water
- green onions, sliced thin; optional for garnishing
- sesame seeds, optional for garnishing
- Sauce - To a medium bowl, add all the ingredients, and whisk to combine; set aside. Note - This makes a lot of sauce and if you don't love sauce or want extra (it's great over rice), halve the sauce recipe from what is written.
- Chicken - Add the egg to a small bowl, the flour to a separate shallow bowl, and the 1/3 cup corn starch to another shallow bowl.
- Add the chicken to the egg bowl (I add it all at once and smoosh it around with my fingers), pick it up and transfer it to the flour bowl and coat it with flour (doesn't have to be 100% completely and perfectly coated), pick it up and transfer it to the corn starch bowl and coat it with corn starch.
- To a large skillet, add the oil, add the chicken, and cook over medium to medium-high heat for about 7 minutes, or until the chicken is seared, lightly browned on the outside, and cooked through.
- Reduce the heat to medium, add the sauce to the skillet, and stir to combine.
- In a small bowl, add 1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch, 2 tablespoons of cold waer, and stir to combine. This is called a slurry. Add the slurry to the skillet and stir to combine.
- Stir the sauce nearly continuously for about 5 minutes, or until the sauce has thickened up as much as desired, allowing it to boil gently as your stir.
- Optionally, evenly garnish with green onions and/or sesame seeds and serve immediately. Chicken will keep airtight in the fridge for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 4 months.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 774 Total Fat: 25g Saturated Fat: 4g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 18g Cholesterol: 191mg Sodium: 1580mg Carbohydrates: 79g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 48g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 59g
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