This Sweet, Sticky & Spicy Chicken is so, so good. Done in under 30 minutes, it’s a perfect meal for those busy, hectic days. Everyone will love it!
My entire life I have been blessed with and surrounded by amazing friends. From elementary school, middle school, high school, college and into my adulthood/married life . . . I am so, so blessed.
Last week I went to lunch with three friends from high school that I love dearly. These friends weren’t in my group of friends I spent the majority of time with during high school, but I still loved them and always thought they were the sweetest, coolest girls ever. Until social media became part of our world, I really only saw them at reunions and occasionally at high school basketball games our kids were playing in.
I definitely have mixed feelings about social media, but I do love that it can reconnects us with friends. Following these friends the last several years on social media has been so fun. I’ve loved watching their kids grow up, loved knowing about all the things going on in their lives, both good & bad.
My friends have always meant the world to me, and I would do anything in this world for them. Seeing them go through hard things really sucks and I always wish I could take away their heartache and pain. Going to lunch last week with these friends was so fun and sad at the same time. One of these friends lost her husband unexpectedly back in June. It’s been heartbreaking, devastating and I’m sure unbearable at times. I’ve been in awe of her strength and pray every day that her heart can start to heal.
Another one of these sweet friends I was at lunch with also unexpectedly lost her husband 10 years ago. I too admire her strength and courage. I’m sure it was not easy raising her kids on her own. Wow, life is really hard sometimes and we never know what each day will bring. I’m learning more and more everyday that life is a gift and we need to live everyday like it was our last. Cherish those people you love every. single. day. because life throws you curve balls when you least expect it.
Ok, now I’ll try and pull it together and talk about food because food always makes life better.
This Sweet, Sticky and Spicy Chicken has been a hit in this house of boys. I did manage to make it for the first time a few months ago when I still had Taylor and Braydon home. They inhaled it and gave it the BW thumbs up (blog worthy in case you’re wondering what BW means).
It’s another simple meal that you’re going to love! Done in under 30 minutes
TIPS FOR MAKING SWEET, STICKY & SPICY CHICKEN
- If you are using frozen chicken breasts that you thawed before using, make sure they are thawed completely. You don’t want any extra moisture in your chicken or it will water down your sauce and it may not thicken.
- Adjust the amount of hot sauce according to your taste buds.
- We like ours to be slightly on the sweeter side, so I increased the brown sugar slightly from the original recipe. Feel free to cut back on the brown sugar if you don’t want yours too sweet.
- If you don’t have fresh ginger, you can substitute 1/4 teaspoon of ground ginger in its place.
- Only simmer the chicken until it is done, or it will be dry.
- Serve this over hot rice and some steamed broccoli or fresh green beans and you’ve got a fabulous meal.
- We like our chicken to be more on the “saucy” side and have enough sauce to drizzle on the rice. If you don’t like a lot of sauce you can cut the sauce recipe in half or make the full recipe and save some of it for another time.
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/2 cup low-sodium soy sauce
- 2 teaspoons chopped fresh ginger root
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 2 tablespoons hot sauce (or more is you want more kick)
- 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves - cut into 1/2 inch strips
- salt and pepper
- cornstarch (about 1/2 cup)
- 1 to 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
Mix together brown sugar, honey, soy sauce, ginger, garlic and hot sauce in a small bowl.
Lightly salt and pepper the chicken strips. Place cornstarch in a shallow dish and then very lightly dredge chicken pieces in cornstarch and let chicken rest for about 5 to 10 minutes.
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Working in batches, add chicken strips and brown on both sides, about 1 to 2 minutes per side. Remove all chicken from the pan and set aside on a plate.
Pour the sauce into the same pan and simmer, uncovered, about 3 minutes. Add chicken pieces back in and continue simmering until chicken is cooked all the way through and sauce is thickened (about 5 to 6 minutes).
Serve with hot rice.
Recipe Source: Adapted slightly from Allrecipes magazine FebruaryMarch 2019