Sweet and spicy Chinese Honey Sriracha Chicken – better tasting and healthier than take out!
Why This Recipe Works
Better than takeout — This honey sriracha chicken is hands-down one of the best meals I’ve ever made that I consider better than what you can get at a restaurant. There’s no heavy oil, no extra fat, no preservatives, no nothing extra. Just chicken, sauce, and spice. Make it next time you want Asian-style take out and see if you agree with me!
Perfect amount of spice — I have to have my spicy food cravings satisfied just about daily. This recipe for Chinese spicy chicken is a little sweet, a little spicy, and a whole lot better-than-takeout homemade Asian-style yum. The best part? You can customize the flavors to meet your personal preference. If you love it spicy (like me) then go heavy on the sriracha and/or add crushed red pepper flakes on top. If you tend to favor the sweet side of things, don’t hold back on the honey. Ta da! Honey sriracha chicken just how you like it.
Great meal for busy days — This dish only takes 30 minutes to make, from start to finish. It doesn’t get much quicker than that!
Simple ingredients — Nothing fancy to buy here. Every item in this honey sriracha chicken recipe can be found at any regular grocery store, and most of it in the Asian/international aisle.
- Chicken breasts — Boneless, skinless chicken breasts are perfect for this dish. Cut them into 1-2 inch chunks.
- Corn starch — Corn starch in this recipe is used as both a coating for the chicken and later, with water, to make a slurry for the sauce.
- Sriracha — I start with 2-3 tablespoons of sriracha as a baseline and add more from there. But I LOVE spicy. Adjust to your liking.
- Soy sauce — I use low-sodium soy sauce because I think the regular soy sauce can be too salty. But you can use whatever you have.
- Minced garlic — The minced garlic in a jar? Yes, please. Mince fresh? Also fine. Or if you like your garlic to be super finely minced, you can use the frozen cubes.
- Sugar — Regular old white sugar is great here.
- Honey — Add a couple tablespoons of regular honey to get that sweet to offset the heat.
- Crushed red pepper flakes — If you want more spicy, add a few crushed red pepper flakes over the top of the honey sriracha chicken. This ingredient is optional.
- Cooked rice for serving — Another optional ingredient, but I almost always serve this chicken with honey sriracha sauce over cooked rice.
Here’s How You Make It
You’ll be able to whip this Chinese spicy chicken up in just 30 minutes by following these simple instructions:
- First, get out a small or medium saucepan, and combine 1 cup of water, the sriracha, soy sauce, garlic, sugar, and honey and stir it all together. Then, bring the sauce mixture to a boil over medium heat.
- While the honey sriracha sauce is cooking, whisk together 2 tablespoons of cornstarch and the remaining 2 tablespoons of water together until the corn starch is dissolved. Add the slurry to the sauce pan and stir it all together until the sauce begins to thicken. Reduce the heat to low.
- Next, add the diced chicken and 1/3 cup of cornstarch to a large plastic bag. Seal the bag and shake it all around to give the chicken a good coating. Drizzle a large pan or skillet with oil over medium heat. Add the coated chicken to the oil and sauté it until it’s browned and the chicken is cooked through.
- Pour the sauce over the chicken and stir it all around to coat every piece.
- Sprinkle with crushed pepper flakes if desired and serve over warm rice.
Expert Tips and Tricks
- Control the spice level by adding more or less crushed red pepper flakes (and/or more or less sriracha).
- This honey sriracha chicken will keep in the fridge for up to 5 days in a container with a lid. You can freeze this dish for up to 3 months, in an airtight container.
- I know there is sometimes a sriracha shortage. Purchase whatever brand you can find and stock up. In a pinch, you can substitute Sambal Oelek or Gochujang.
Sriracha is one of the “spicier” hot sauces I’ve encountered, but it’s still only considered moderately spicy by most standards. Common in Asian cuisine, sriracha is made with red jalapeno peppers. According to the Scoville scale, sriracha sits at a scale of 2,200, while Tabasco sauce comes in at 3,750.
Wondering what to serve with this honey sriracha chicken dish? I serve this over rice typically, but you can also serve this with:
- An Asian noodle like soba, rice, vermicelli, or ramen.
- Zucchini noodles or cauliflower broccoli for a low-carb meal.
- Glazed baby carrots make an interesting flavor combination when eaten with this Chinese spicy chicken.
- Roasted broccoli is, hands-down, my favorite side dish to serve with this chicken. Pro-tip? Double the honey sriracha sauce so you have enough to pour over the chicken and the broccoli.
- Roasted potatoes are another great side dish. Skip the rice and try it next to potatoes instead.
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Honey Sriracha Chicken
- 3-4 chicken breasts - diced
- ⅓ cup corn starch
- 1 cup water
- 2-3 tablespoons sriracha - (depending on how spicy you want it)
- 5 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- ¼ cup sugar
- 2-3 tablespoons honey - (depending on how sweet you want it)
- 2 tablespoons corn starch
- 2 tablespoons cold water
- optional: crushed red pepper flakes, cooked rice for serving
- In a small-medium sauce pan, combine the 1 cup of water, sriracha, soy sauce, garlic, sugar, and honey and stir. Bring mixture to a boil over medium heat.
- Whisk together the 2 tablespoons corn starch and remaining 2 tablespoons of water until dissolved. Add to sauce pan and stir until thickened. Reduce heat to low.
- Add the sauce and stir to coat. Sprinkle with crushed pepper flakes if desired and serve over warm rice.