Easy and delicious sticky baked chicken thighs will not let you sacrifice flavors from your busy weeknight’s meals and everything comes around just in a jiffy!
This recipe is way too long due! Since the time we started with video recipes, our earlier non-video recipes in queue slipped more down the line and this wonderful dish didn’t get its due respect which it definitely deserves. I made this recipe couple of months back when we both had a long day in office but still didn’t want to eat out. I always keep cut portions of chicken for situations like this and again it came handy to turn out this scrumptious sticky baked chicken thighs just in a jiffy!
Me and my hub both were thankful for not going for the ‘take-out’ option and spending a quality time together while doing the minimal pre-preps this dish requires. I did the initial searing of the chicken thighs before transferring them to the oven for baking and my better half completed the sticky sauce which is the primary attraction of this dish and lift it up to a complete new level of flavor and deliciousness.
If you are not familiar with this sticky thingy, then let me introduce you to something absolutely amazing and can be applied to a lot of ingredients, not only chicken. When you bake any food with a sweet marinade or sauce which contains sugar or honey, the liquid transforms to a sticky consistency as it bakes due to the caramelization property of sugar/honey. The sauce also clings to the food giving it an incredible taste. You must try this sticky sauce thing and eventually fall in love with it!
Also, if you are using chicken, I suggest to use skin-on chicken thighs or drumsticks as the skin helps to retain the moisture and flavor inside preventing the meat to become dry while baking. But more importantly, the roasted skin turns incredibly crispy making this sticky baked chicken thighs an out-of-the-world experience! I served these baked chicken on a bed of sautéed noodles, you can pick whatever you like; even a creamy mashed potato on the side will compliment this sticky baked chicken really well.
When you have a crazy day at office and while returning home you think of having a relaxing meal with your family, you may sometimes get frustrated thinking of all the fuss of cooking and opt for the take-out option which, I agree, is pretty easy and at times needed too! Even after being so fond of cooking, we too had a fair share of foods home delivered from the corner food joint on hectic weekdays. But after one point we actually became way too frustrated with the outside food and also went out of option on what to order!
The recipe like this sticky baked chicken thighs is really a savior to fit perfectly into our busy schedule as it required very less pre-preparations. Also, most of the cooking will be done inside the oven and you can enjoy a glass of your favorite wine while your delicious dinner is being ready. Additional tip – the sauce can be premade and stored in the refrigerator. Use it as and when you require them and reward yourself with a relaxing meal for all the hard work you do! Enjoy!
Recipe adapted from Damn Delicious.
- Chicken thigh – 8, skin-on and bone-in
- Unsalted butter – 2 tbsp
- Toasted peanuts – ¼ cup, peel removed
- Fresh coriander leaves to garnish
- Salt – ½ tsp or less
- Sweet chilli sauce – ½ cup
- Less sodium soy sauce – 2 tbsp
- Fish sauce – 1 tbsp
- Sriracha – 1 tbsp or more to taste
- Garlic – 6 to 8 cloves, minced
- Ginger – 1 inch piece, minced
- Lemon – 1
- Preheat your oven to 200 C / 400 F.
- Take all the ingredients listed under sauce – sweet chilli sauce, soy sauce, fish sauce, sriracha, ginger, garlic and juice of 1 lemon – in a small bowl. Whisk them to mix well and set aside.
- Wash and pat dry the chicken. Season the chicken thighs very lightly (because all the sauces have salt in them) with a sprinkling of salt.
- Now melt the butter in a skillet on medium heat. Once the butter is hot, place the chicken thighs keeping skin side down. Sear them until golden brown for about 2-3 minutes. Then flip them over and sear the other side for another 2-3 minutes until golden brown.
- Transfer the seared chicken thighs to a baking dish lined with aluminum foil keeping the skin side up this time.
- Drizzle all the sauce on top of each of the chicken thighs making sure all of them get a good share of sauce.
- Place the baking dish into the oven and bake for about 30-40 minutes or until the chicken is completely cooked through and the internal temperature reaches to at least 165 F.
- Now transfer the oven rack to top most level and broil the chicken for 2-3 minutes or until caramelized and slightly charred.
- Serve the sticky roast chicken thighs immediately garnished with toasted peanuts and fresh coriander.