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This simple Sheet Pan Sticky Sweet and Sour Chicken is about to become your new go-to meal. Easy homemade ginger chicken, tossed in a spicy, sweet, sour, and extra sticky soy sauce. Serve this meal with roasted broccoli and peppers. And all cooked right alongside the chicken for the easiest sheet pan dinner. Then add a side of steamed rice topped with plenty of cilantro and you’ll be good to go. And the best part…this sticky chicken is so quick and easy to make. A delicious, fun, and healthy dinner any night of the week!

Sheet Pan Sticky Sweet and Sour Chicken | halfbakedharvest.com

I don’t know what it is about this time of year. But here I am again, creating one sheet pan dinner after another. Today’s recipe is Asian-inspired and it’s one of my favorite sheet pan meals. It’s that sticky, sweet, and sour sauce…it’s just a little bit addicting.

Something about this back-to-school time always inspires me to create quick, family-focused dinners that everyone will love. Sweet and sour chicken (of any kind) is my oldest brother’s favorite dinner-out or order-in meal. He’s been requesting something similar for months, which leads me right into this recipe.

We’re going the take-out, made at home, route here and I’m so excited. It’s been a while since I’ve shared a “take-out” style recipe. It’s not traditional, but so totally delicious. And easy, which is really what we all need during the “back to school” season.

Sheet Pan Sticky Sweet and Sour Chicken | halfbakedharvest.com

Here are the details – this is quick

It starts with the chicken. I wanted to be sure the sauce would really stick to the chicken. So I tossed the chicken with a beaten egg and dredged it through a ginger/flour mix to coat. This is a very, very light coating, but it’s just enough to help all that sticky sauce actually stick to the chicken.

Once you’ve coated the chicken in flour, arrange it to one side of a large greased baking sheet. Then drizzle the chicken generously with oil to help it crisp up a bit as it bakes in the oven. 

Moving onto the vegetables. You can really use whatever mix of vegetables you love most. For me, I felt that broccoli and bell peppers fit this recipe best.

Arrange the vegetables to the other side of the pan and toss with a little olive oil before roasting.

Since the chicken cooks at such a high temperature, the broccoli and peppers have just enough time to lightly char. This leaves them with just the right amount of bite. Delicious!

Sheet Pan Sticky Sweet and Sour Chicken | halfbakedharvest.com

While the chicken is baking, make the sauce

The sauce is the secret to this recipe, it adds all the flavor.  Sweet, tangy, a touch spicy, and once boiled down, super sticky.

The ingredients are simple, but the key is to use sweet Thai chili sauce as a shortcut. Then add in soy sauce, garlic, jalapeños, and a few other ingredients to help the sauce achieve that perfect sweet and saucy flavor.

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The sauce takes only a few minutes to thicken up on the stove. It should be good to go by the time the chicken finishes cooking.

Toss the sauce with the chicken, then return the pan to the oven for a few more minutes, and you’re done. Literally so simple.

For serving, I love a bowl of steamed rice. Nothing fancy, but a classic Gerard Family staple. Then finish with fresh cilantro or basil, and of course, extra sauce! Saucy sticky chicken is the only way to go.

Sheet Pan Sticky Sweet and Sour Chicken | halfbakedharvest.com

Looking for other quick weeknight recipes? Here are a few ideas: 

Homemade Dan Dan Noodles

Ginger Sesame Chicken and Crispy Brussels Sprouts.

30 Minute Saucy Ginger Sesame Noodles with Caramelized Mushrooms

Lastly, if you make this Sheet Pan Sticky Sweet and Sour Chicken,  be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

Sheet Pan Sticky Sweet and Sour Chicken

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories Per Serving: 434 kcal

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Ingredients

Instructions

  • 1. Preheat the oven to 475° F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or grease with oil.
    2. Add the chicken, egg, and a pinch of pepper to a bowl. Toss to combine. Add the flour and ginger to another bowl. Dredge the chicken in batches through the flour, tossing to coat. Place the chicken on one side of the prepared baking sheet. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons oil. Add the broccoli, peppers, and shallots to the other side of the pan and toss with 2 tablespoons oil. Bake 15 minutes.
    3. Reduce the oven temp to 400° F.
    4. Meanwhile, combine the sweet Thai chili sauce, soy sauce, apple juice, rice vinegar, ketchup, peanut butter, jalapeño, and garlic in a medium saucepan. Set over medium-high heat and bring the sauce to a boil. Boil 5-8 minutes, until the sauce thickens and reduces by about 1/3. Remove from the heat.
    5. Pour half the sauce over the chicken, tossing to combine. Toss the vegetables. Return everything to the oven for 3 minutes, until the sauce coats the chicken. Watch closely, the sauce can burn easily.
    6. Serve the chicken and the remaining sauce over bowls of rice topped with cilantro. Serve the vegetables on the side.
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    1. Hi Erin,
      I would use another juice like mango or pineapple juice. Please let me know if you have any other questions, I hope you love the recipe! xTieghan

  1. My boyfriend loves this recipe so much that he licks the leftover sauce off of the sheet pan and requests a whole batch just for himself. Another hit, thank you Tieghan!!!

        1. Hey Sandra,
          Happy Friday!! I love to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks so much for making it!! ☀️xxT

  2. 5 stars
    This was delicious! Will be adding to our family rotation, for sure. My 14 year old son kept telling me how good the chicken was. The flavor of the sauce is perfect and had a great consistency after boiling it down. Adding 1 seeded jalapeno gave just the right amount of heat for our family. And the chicken had a great crispy texture on the outside, even after tossing with sauce. Will be making again!

  3. 4 stars
    Any tips for making the sauce less spicy? We enjoyed the flavor of the recipe, but it was too spicy. I left out the jalapeños, but it was still too spicy for my husband and my kids. Is there a mild version of the sweet Thai chili sauce I could buy maybe?

    1. Hey Natalie,
      Awesome!! I love to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks for making it!! The Thai chili sauce shouldn’t be spicy, this really isn’t a spicy dish, so sorry about that! Have the best week:) xTieghan

    1. Hey Emily,
      Thanks so much for making this recipe and sharing your feedback, I love to hear that it was enjoyed!! xTieghan

    1. Hey Marissa,
      Happy Friday!! Thanks so much for giving this recipe a try, I am so glad to hear it was a winner:) 🌸xx

  4. Once you reduce the temperature to 400 how long do you keep in the oven? Looks like a delicious recipe!

    1. Hi Ashley,
      Please refer to step 5, you will bake for another 3 minutes. I hope this recipe turns out amazing for you, let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

    1. Hey Taylor,
      Wonderful!! I love to hear that this recipe was a winner, thanks a bunch for trying it out! Have the best weekend❄️ xTieghan

  5. 5 stars
    Added to the rotation! Easy enough to put together and tasted excellent. I love sweet Thai Chili sauce, but the added ingredients here really give it an extra dept. Thanks Tieghan!

    1. Hey Cassidy,
      Happy Wednesday!! Thanks a lot for making this recipe, I am so glad to hear it was enjoyed!! xT

    1. Hey Erin,
      Awesome!! I am thrilled that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks so much for making it! Have a great week:) xx

  6. 5 stars
    Delicious! I didn’t reduce the sauce enough the first time…. But that was the only glitch. It still had amazing flavor. I anticipated leftovers but my husband and son ate everything!