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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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Sheet Pan Sticky Sweet and Sour Chicken
Calories Per Serving: 428 kcal
Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.
- 1 1/2 pounds boneless chicken breasts, cut into 2 inch cubes
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour, or gluten-free all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 pinch each kosher salt and black pepper
- 1 cup broccoli florets
- 2 bell peppers, sliced
- 2 shallots, quartered
- 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil or sesame oil
- 1 cup sweet Thai chili sauce
- 1/3 cup low sodium soy sauce
- 1/2 cup apple juice
- 1/4. cup rice vinegar
- 1 tablespoon ketchup
- 1 tablespoon creamy peanut butter
- 1 jalapeño, sliced, and seeded if desired
- 2 cloves garlic, grated
- rice and cilantro, for serving
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- 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.