Brown Sugar Sriracha Chicken is painted with a simple sweet and spicy sauce that is sure to excite your taste buds. This easy chicken dinner is perfect to pair with roasted potatoes or rice.
"Head for the hills! It is a spicy recipe!" Yes, I grew up in Wisconsin where fat is considered a seasoning, and the spiciness of salt is openly debated among serious individuals. To paraphrase the Marlboro man, it isn't exactly flavor country.
Don't get me wrong, I enjoy a lot of Wisconsin's cuisine. Heck, my deep fried cheese curd recipe is my all time favorite appetizer! But you aren't going to find a recipe like this Brown Sugar Sriracha Chicken on the local Super Club's menu. However, fear not tepid Midwesterners, this Brown Sugar Sriracha Chicken is not actually that hot.
Sugar is always a good counter-flavor to spice. The brown sugar added to the sriracha sauce tames down the heat considerably, transforming the once flaming sauce into a sweet and spicy dressing anyone can enjoy. Seriously, even my kids ate it.
The sauce also bathes the chopped onions and peppers roasting with the chicken, making an exceptionally easy side dish that is surprisingly flavorful.
There are two ways you can cook this meal. I recommend searing the chicken in a skillet prior to roasting, however, to save effort you don't have to. Searing meat adds additional flavor and better texture to the final dish. If your skillet is oven safe you can simply bake everything in it as well, otherwise use a baking dish instead. Either will work well.
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Brown Sugar Sriracha Chicken - Sweet and Spicy
- 3-4 skinless chicken breasts
- 1 tbsp oil
- 1/3 cup sriracha sauce
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1 yellow onion, large chop
- 1 green bell pepper large chop
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees
- Sprinkle chicken lightly with salt and mix sriracha sauce and brown sugar in a separate dish.
- (optional, but recommended step) Heat skillet on medium-high heat and add 1 tbsp of oil. Place chicken in skillet and sear on both sides till golden brown.
- Place chopped peppers and onions in baking dish and place chicken on top. Paint chicken with sriracha brown sugar mixture, drizzling any reminder over the vegetables.
- Set baking dish in the oven and cook until chicken breasts reach 165 degrees, ~20 minutes. Cooking time will vary depending on meat thickness.
- Remove from oven and let rest for 5 minutes and serve.
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