Candy Spicy Sticky Rooster – Mel’s Kitchen Cafe


This candy spicy sticky hen is unimaginable! It has particular candy and bitter vibes with a bit of warmth (which you’ll dial up or down). So yummy!

My household would really like you to know that is the most effective factor I’ve made all yr. In truth, they declared it even higher than our beloved candy and bitter hen, which is form of earth shattering information, to be trustworthy. It truly is amazingly scrumptious!

Gray plate with rice and saucy chicken tenders.

The Candy and Spicy Sauce

The sauce for this recipe requires principally on daily basis pantry substances, save possibly one.

  • broth
  • vinegar
  • ketchup
  • granulated + brown sugar
  • soy sauce
  • chili garlic sauce

The chili garlic sauce is important for the recipe. It provides depth and complexity which is important for the flavors of the sauce. It additionally lends the “spice” issue to the candy, spicy, sticky hen.

As written, the sauce is mildly spicy. You’ll be able to simply dial the chili garlic sauce up or down relying on how spicy you need the sauce.

The place to Purchase Chili Garlic Sauce

Most well-stocked grocery shops will carry chili garlic sauce within the Asian meals aisle. You may also purchase it from Asian meals markets, you probably have one close to you. And it’s obtainable on Amazon, as nicely.

I normally find yourself with the Huy Fong model, as a result of it appears to be the commonest model once I’m purchasing for it.

The sauce must be simmered previous to being baked with the hen. Why? Doing so, permits the sauce to thicken extra rapidly within the oven…which additionally means the hen gained’t over prepare dinner.

Simpler Baked Rooster Tenders

On this loopy in style candy and bitter hen recipe, the hen items are dipped in cornstarch, egg, pan-fried after which added to the baking dish. It’s scrumptious.

However I needed a better methodology for this candy spicy sticky hen. So I got here up with a new-and-improved-but-just-as-tasty-breading-and-cooking-system.

  1. Pat the hen tenders dry and season calmly with salt and pepper
  2. Dredge the hen calmly in flour (shake off extra)
  3. Place the hen in buttered pan and bake for 10 minutes
  4. Pour simmered sauce excessive
  5. Bake for an additional quarter-hour

Whereas the “breading” on the hen just isn’t as thick as within the candy and bitter hen recipe, we truly find it irresistible this fashion (and it drastically minimizes the mess and prep time!). In truth, I’ll positively be making the hen portion of the candy and bitter hen recipe like this any more.

Glass baking dish with chicken tenders and chili garlic sauce.

Candy, Spicy, Sticky = The Most Scrumptious Rooster

The sauce will bubble and thicken whereas baking within the oven…and it continues to thicken because it cools barely out of the oven.

The hen is tender. The sauce is gloriously glaze-y. And the flavors are implausible. Candy, tangy, spicy, salty. All of the issues. YUM.

This has rapidly turn out to be an all-time favourite for my household. Our household of seven can obliterate a surprising quantity of this hen. That is likely to be due, partially, to the 5 youngsters (kind of) within the household, however nonetheless, A SHOCKING AMOUNT.

Please meet your new, must-make hen dinner. I hope you find it irresistible as a lot as we do!

Chicken cut in pieces with chili garlic sauce and rice.

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Plate with broccoli, rice and saucy chicken tenders.

Candy Spicy Sticky Rooster

  • 3 tablespoons butter, reduce into items
  • 1 ½ kilos hen tenders
  • Salt and pepper
  • cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup hen broth
  • ¼ cup white or apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup packed gentle or darkish brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon chili garlic sauce
  • Scorching, cooked rice, for serving

Forestall your display from going darkish

  • Preheat oven to 425 levels F. Place butter in glass 9X13-pan. Place in oven so the butter can soften. (Do not let it burn!) Take away from the oven when butter is melted. Alternately, you possibly can soften the butter and unfold within the pan (however the place’s the enjoyable in that?).

  • Pat the hen tenders dry with paper towels. Season calmly on either side with salt and pepper.

  • Place the flour in a shallow dish. Dredge the hen tenders in flour to coat. Shake off extra. Place the hen in a single layer within the buttered pan.

  • Bake for 10 minutes. It can bake longer in a following step. Whereas the hen bakes, make the sauce.

  • In a medium saucepan, whisk collectively the broth, vinegar, ketchup, granulated sugar, brown sugar, soy sauce and chili garlic sauce. Deliver the combination to a simmer over medium warmth, and prepare dinner for two to three minutes.

  • Pour the sauce over the hen and return to the oven to bake for quarter-hour till hen is baked by way of and the sauce is bubbly and barely thickened. The sauce will proceed to thicken out of the oven because it cools.

  • Serve the hen and sauce over sizzling, cooked rice.

Sauce: the sauce thickens extra rapidly within the oven whether it is simmered on the stovetop earlier than utilizing (which additionally helps stop over cooking the hen). 
Chili Garlic Sauce: add kind of chili garlic sauce to style relying on how spicy you need the completed dish. As written, it’s mildly spicy for our household. Completely different manufacturers of chili garlic sauce could fluctuate in warmth, so regulate accordingly.

Serving: 1 serving, Energy: 289kcal, Carbohydrates: 26g, Protein: 25g, Fats: 9g, Saturated Fats: 4g, Ldl cholesterol: 88mg, Sodium: 616mg, Fiber: 0.4g, Sugar: 20g

Recipe Supply: from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe (impressed by a recipe from my cousin-in-law Tami, by means of Aunt Marilyn – I adjusted nearly every little thing together with cooking methodology so it’s baked, not fried, and adjusting ingredient portions together with lowering the sugar considerably)

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