Sweet and Sour Sriracha Chicken

Sweet and Sour Sriracha Chicken

by Kristen on March 2, 2014

Sweet and Sour Sriracha Chicken

See all that sweet sticky looking sauce? Shortly after taking these pictures I was covered in it. Seriously, you’d think I was a two year old with the amount of sweet and sour sauce over my face and hands. It wasn’t pretty but damn it was good. And it’s not just any old sweet and sour sauce; this is SRIRACHA sweet and sour sauce. Of course you know that since I’m sure you read the title of this post but I just couldn’t help but write it again. 

Are you as crazy in love with sriracha as I am? We go through a rather ridiculous amount of the stuff around here. My handsome man made a huge batch for Christmas, gave a bunch of it away as gifts and since then we’ve managed to eat all but about 2 tablespoons of the rest. I start to panic when we’re running this low. Must. Go. Buy. More. Now!

Sweet and Sour Sriracha Chicken

I’m sure I’ve mentioned it before but I have this love/ hate thing with chicken. Mostly I hate it. Boneless, skinless, flavourless, gross chicken breasts? Ugh … no thank you. But keep the bones in, the skin on and smother it with syrupy sweet and sticky sauce and I’m all over it. Let’s be honest though: the chicken here is really just a vehicle to get more of the sauce in my mouth. I would have did use my fingers to scrape up the rest of the sauce once the chicken ran out.

Man, I’m not painting a very good picture of myself right now. :)

Anyway what I am really trying to say is that you should make these, like, tonight. Or, even better, right now.

Sweet and Sour Sriracha Chicken

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Sweet and Sour Sriracha Chicken
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Serves: 4
  • 8 chicken drumsticks
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 ½ teaspoons sriracha (or more to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 small clove garlic, finely minced
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • ⅛ teaspoon sea salt
  1. Preheat the oven to 420 degrees. Place the chicken drumsticks in a small ovenproof dish.
  2. In a small bowl mix together the brown sugar, ketchup, sriracha, soy sauce, garlic, ginger and sea salt.
  3. Pour the sauce over the chicken and bake, uncovered, in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees.
  4. Set the oven to broil and move the chicken to the top oven rack. Broil for 5 minutes, or until the skin is crispy and brown.
  5. Remove from the oven and scrape the sauce from the dish to serve on the side.


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Tess @ Tips on Healthy Living

This looks delicious! I feel the same way about chicken, but this is a great way to shake things up. I can’t wait to try it- thanks for sharing!



Great photo….I recognize the dish towel the chicken is sitting on xo. I will have to try this – I bet your homemade Sriracha sauce would be so good with this too.


Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons

Ohhhh yes. It took me awhile to warm up to sriracha, but now that I’m fully warmed up to it, we go through a ridiculous amount. I haven’t yet caved and bought the SUPER MEGA LARGE bottle, but probably next time.

This is a really great recipe. Simple but so flavorful! I make a similar sauce with sriracha and apricot preserves, and it makes just about anything taste great.



Great dish. I love Sriracha sauce … mixed with mayo in sushi rolls or in a noodle dish like these Spicy Dragon Noodles.



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