A delicious oven-roasted recipe for sweet and sticky chicken. I promise, this is the BEST sauce for baked chicken that you will ever taste! It’s quick & easy, only takes minutes to prepare, and will please the entire family! Enjoy with a side of easy roasted broccoli.
Have you ever licked your fingers at dinner because the sauce in your dish was so good? Ever scooped extra vegetables – especially the ones you don’t like – just because they were coated in that amazing sauce?
Folks, that’s this Sweet & Sticky Chicken recipe! This is the BEST sauce for baked chicken that you will ever taste! The combination of molasses and honey coats the chicken with a sweet and sticky sauce that you wish was slathered on almost everything, and thankfully, – it is!
This is a hearty and filling dinner that elicits purrs of “mmm’s,” kids asking if they can have more, and husbands rubbing their bellies in delight.
I’m pretty sure the sauce alone will win you over, but just in case you need a few better reasons, it’s also:
- Hearty. This is a super simple dish that definitely pleases the “meat and potato” people!
- Frugal. Chicken drumsticks and thighs are super affordable, and so are potatoes. Use any type of potato you have, but sweet potatoes would be exceptionally good.
- Freezer-friendly. Make a double batch and freeze for another date on your meal plan.
- Bell pepper
- Chicken (legs or drumsticks)
- Molasses (sub brown sugar if you don’t have molasses)
- Maple syrup
- Italian seasoning (here’s my Homemade Italian Seasoning recipe)
- Garlic powder
- Onion powder
- Butter (or olive oil for dairy-free)
- Cornstarch & water slurry (optional)
Notes on Ingredients
- I use thighs or drumsticks because they are the most affordable cuts of chicken, and they just taste good. If you have boneless skinless chicken on hand, you can use that too. I’d cook the whole breasts over the vegetables, and then cube before serving.
- Adjust cooking time accordingly. The chicken may take less time to cook than the vegetables, so you’d want to remove the chicken when it’s done and let the vegetables finish cooking.
- Some people like to use honey garlic sauce, soy sauce, chili sauce and sesame seeds for a traditional Asian-style sticky chicken, so you might like to try my Chinese 5-Spice Chicken for a similar flavor. But THIS sticky chicken glaze has a different and totally amazing flavor profile! YUM!
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Step By Step Instructions
Step 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In an 8×8 oven-proof dish, layer the vegetables.
Step 2. Combine 2 Tbsp each of molasses, ketchup, honey, maple syrup and all seasonings in a medium bowl. Place chicken in a separate bowl.
Step 3. Add about 1/4 cup of liquid mixture to the chicken and stir to coat well. Place chicken and the sauce it was in on top of vegetables. Place butter on top of chicken.
Step 4. Bake for 25 minutes. Meanwhile, heat remaining sauce in a saucepan and bring to a simmer. Combine cornstarch and water in a small bowl.
Step 5. Add cornstarch slurry to sauce and stirring constantly bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer.
Step 6. Add this thickened sauce to the top of the chicken and continue to bake for another 20-25 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through. You might need to remove the chicken so it doesn’t overcook, yet continue to roast the vegetables until they’re done.
Enjoy the sweet and sticky chicken!
Yes! The recipe serves four people in an 8 x 8 glass baking dish, but you can easily double the recipe and use a 9 x 13 baking dish instead.
By the way, this is a great full meal to freeze, so buy your ingredients in bulk to save money and make two extra pans when you’re making this for dinner one night. These disposable aluminum pans are freezer and oven safe, and they come with a lid so you can easily stack them in your freezer and pull it out whenever you need a meal without much work.
Ps…Typically, I don’t like to freeze full meals and instead freeze meal components. Extra shredded chicken or carnitas are often found in my freezer. Or portions of beans. Use these freezer cooking tips to find out more!
This sticky chicken glaze, of course! With the layers of vegetables on the bottom of this dish, chicken on top, and then SAUCE OVER EVERYTHING means every last green bean or potato (or whatever vegetable you decide to use) gets covered with sweet and sticky goodness. A bit of onion and garlic deepens the flavor and if you’re really in the mood, try adding some crushed red pepper to the sauce too. OMG! YUM!
The answer is this sauce! Since the chicken is covered in a thick glaze while roasting, it stays very moist and comes out delicious.
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Sweet and Sticky Chicken
A delicious oven-roasted recipe for sweet and sticky chicken. It’s quick & easy, hearty, freezer-friendly, and will please the entire family.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 50 minutes
- Total Time: 1 hour
- Yield: 4 servings 1x
- Category: Main Meals
- Method: Baking
- Cuisine: American
- 2 carrots, cut into 1” pieces
- 2 medium potatoes, cut into 1” pieces
- 1 onion, cut into 1” pieces
- 1 bell pepper, cut into 1” pieces
- 4 pieces of chicken
- 2 Tbsp molasses
- 2 Tbsp ketchup
- 2 Tbsp honey
- 2 Tbsp maple syrup
- 1/2 Tbsp Italian seasoning
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp onion powder
- 2 Tbsp butter, cut into small pieces
- 1 Tbsp cornstarch + 3 Tbsp water (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In an 8×8 oven-proof dish, layer the vegetables.
- Combine 2 Tbsp each of molasses, ketchup, honey, maple syrup and all seasoning in a medium bowl. Place chicken in a separate bowl.
- Add about 1/4 cup of liquid mixture to the chicken and stir to coat well. Place chicken and the sauce it was in on top of vegetables. Place butter on top of chicken.
- Bake for 25 minutes. Meanwhile, heat remaining sauce in a saucepan and bring to a simmer. Combine cornstarch and water in a small bowl.
- Add cornstarch slurry to sauce and stirring constantly bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer.
- Add this thickened sauce to the top of the chicken and continue to bake for another 20-25 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through. You might need to remove the chicken so it doesn’t overcook, yet continue to bake the vegetables until they’re done.
- Enjoy the sweet and sticky chicken!
- Calories: 263
Keywords: Sweet and sticky chicken
Can’t wait to try this one! Sounds & Looks Yummy! Thanks!
The Italian seasoning didn’t do it for me. I ended up making more sauce without it and I liked it better. Definitely double the sauce, though. It had good flavor and I might make it again because it was easy but my kids still prefer when I make teriyaki chicken.
Karen @ Team Crumbs
Thanks for sharing, Karla.
Can this be made in an Instant Pot? If yes, how?
SJ - Team Crumbs
We wouldn’t recommend b/c doesn’t have enough liquid for IP to work properly (would get burn notice b/c of sweeteners too), but a slow cooker would prob work. Try 4 hours on high and circle back to let us know how it goes!
Made this for dinner tonight. Very good. I didn’t use green pepper as I didn’t have any and I thought that perhaps sweet potatoes would be a nice substitution for the regular potatoes. I was right! Every one loved it.
Kyare - Team Crumbs
Yay! I love the substitutions you used!
I’m using chicken breasts instead. How long should I cook them? Thanks!
I’m not sure Laurie – I haven’t tested this recipe with chicken breasts before. On average though, I cook plain chicken breasts for 15-20 min.
my only critique is that I would definitely recommend doubling or tripling the sauce! I always make this with 6-8 chicken legs and thighs and extra veggies. The sauce recipe is pure gold!
I’m using drumsticks and boneless chicken thighs will the cooking time be the same?
The drumsticks might need a few extra minutes, but it will be close.