Baked Sweet & Spicy Chicken

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Juicy and tender baked sweet & spicy chicken that comes together in 30 minutes with loads of flavor. 

After you’re hooked on this Baked Sweet and Spicy Chicken, you’ll wanna try Instant Pot Parmesan Chicken and Rice with Mushrooms, Sheet Pan Balsamic Chicken with Potatoes and Carrots, and Asparagus Stuffed Chicken

Baked Sweet & Spicy Chicken | Creme de la Crumb

Sometimes time gets away from me. It seems like every year my birthday sneaks up on me and suddenly I’m a year older and hardly even noticed. Quick disclaimer: It’s not my birthday. BUT….

It is this blog’s birthday. WOOT WOOT! That’s right, today is Creme de la Crumb’s birthday.

Baked Sweet & Spicy Chicken | Creme de la Crumb

I won’t get all sentimental on you and tell you what this blog means to me (no but really, you have no idea what this blog means and YOU make it all possible so, THANK YOU) but we’re gonna celebrate with flavors I love so much. I love sweet things, and I really really love spicy things, but even more than that I border on obsessed with a good sweet + spicy combo – bring those two flavor nuances together and it’s pure magic in my mouth.

Baked Sweet & Spicy Chicken | Creme de la Crumb

This chicken is quickly browned on the stove, then brushed with sauce and transferred to the oven to be baked to juicy perfection. After that it’s just another smothering of that sweet and spicy sauce and then straight to the dinner table!

Happy Birthday Creme de la Crumb and thank you for sticking around to indulge in all this yummy goodness with me, you guys really are the BEST.

Baked Sweet & Spicy Chicken | Creme de la Crumb

What people are saying about this Baked Sweet & Spicy Chicken

“K just made this tonight for dinner and HOLY WOW! My husband dubbed this his new favorite sauce ever. It’s so good. I made it with Sriracha (the only hot sauce I had) and added red peppers for more spice and it was hot but sooo tasty!” – Tiffany

“This may be our new family favorite. The sauce also caught the attention of my picky 10-year-old and has encouraged her to try new recipes. Super excited to taste more. Thanks a million!” – Tracy

“I made this for my entire family last night and they ALL LOVED IT! My husband told me it might be one of the best meals I’ve ever made him (And I’m a pretty good cook!) My mother in law told me to make sure i save the recipe. It was so easy to make, i put it over some rice and it was a total hit!!” – Sarah

“Best sauce EVERRRRR!! My son could not get enough!!! Thanks for sharing this!” – Nicole

Baked Sweet & Spicy Chicken | Creme de la Crumb

Baked Sweet & Spicy Chicken

Juicy and tender baked sweet & spicy chicken that comes together in 30 minutes with loads of flavor.
4.94 from 47 votes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, pounded to even thickness
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2-4 tablespoons hot sauce
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar (you could substitute white vinegar)
  • 1/3 cup water


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees and grease a large baking sheet (with a raised side) or casserole dish.
  • In a medium sauce pan whisk together all sauce ingredients. Bring to a boil over medium heat and boil for 3-4 minutes. While sauce is boiling, season chicken with salt and pepper on both sides, grease a skillet and cook chicken on both sides 1-2 minutes over medium heat, just enough to brown the very outside.
  • Arrange chicken in a single layer (not overlapping) on prepared baking sheet. Brush with sauce. (there should still be plenty of sauce leftover - reserve for later). Bake for 20-25 minutes until chicken is cooked through. Pour remaining sauce over the chicken and serve hot.
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5 stars
My word. The best chicken I have ever had. Bravo!!

    Thank you, Edward!

What hot sauce do you Use?

    I used Frank’s Red Hot (regular hot sauce, not buffalo sauce)

5 stars

This is so good make it alot

Hi-I’m going to make this using boneless skinless chicken thighs. do you think i should saute the chicken first until golden and then add the sauce? love these ingredients and i also love sweet and spicy combos 🙂

    I never say no to browning meat before hand! 😉

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