Those with a tang-tooth are often big fans of sweet and spicy flavours. That said, chicken is one of the most common meats to get the sweet and spicy treatment — either before or after they are deep-fried and breaded.
While deep-fried and breaded sweet and spicy chicken is delicious, there are so many other ways you can cook chicken with this flavour palette. You can put a sweet and spicy chicken over rice, in a salad, bake it — the options are endless.
The internet is a great resource when it comes to finding the perfect meat recipes that will satisfy your cravings and also meet your personal requirements if you have any dietary restrictions. We hit up some well-known food blogs to source the best chicken recipes for meat lovers with a craving for tang:
Baked Sweet & Spicy Chicken (Creme De La Crumb)
Sweet and spicy chicken doesn’t always need to be deep-fried. If you are looking for a healthier alternative to this common dish, try this baked chicken recipe that is nutritious and full of flavour. The best part? It can be whipped up within 30 minutes.
Serve it over some rice, slice it into a salad, or pair it with a side vegetable medley — this tasty chicken recipe pairs well with just about everything.
Read the full recipe on Creme De La Crumb here.
Sweet & Spicy Glazed Chicken Thighs (Budget Bytes)
You can apply sweet and spicy flavouring to any cut of chicken. We love this recipe because it calls for chicken thighs, a juicy cut that’s one of the cheapest you can buy. That said, it’s the sweet and spicy glaze that really makes this chicken recipe.
Pair these chicken thighs with potatoes, roasted broccoli, sweet potatoes or green beans for a well-rounded, delicious meal. These chicken thighs are also perfect for meal prep!
Read the full recipe on Budget Bytes here.
Sweet & Spicy Roast Chicken with Carrots, Dates & Pistachios (Once Upon a Chef)
Everyone loves a tender roasted chicken with a crispy outer skin. We love how this recipe totally elevates your basic roast chicken by adding a tangy mix of flavours.
The fact this is a sheet-pan friendly chicken recipe makes it ideal for no-fuss dinners. Really, all you have to do is marinate the chicken, stick it into the oven with carrots and dates, and then you’re good to go!
There’s a lot to love about this chicken recipe that incorporates a medley of flavours. Its sweet and spicy glaze paired with the added flavours that come from the called for carrots, dates, herbs, scallions and pistachios makes this dish an innovative take on an otherwise standard meal.
Read the full recipe on Once Upon a Chef here.
Asian Sweet and Spicy Sticky Chicken (Seasons and Suppers)
This Asian sweet and spicy sticky chicken recipe is perfect for meal prep and can be made in 45 minutes — 30 of which you’re just letting the chicken simmer and do its thing. This is another recipe that calls for chicken thighs to ensure your meat is juicy and tender.
Read the full recipe on Seasons and Suppers here.
Sweet ‘n Spicy Firecracker Chicken
This spicy firecracker chicken makes the perfect addition to any salad and, like most of these meat dishes, can be added on a bed of rice or paired with roasted veggies for a simple, hearty lunch or dinner. This recipe has a kick to it, but the incorporation of brown sugar really balances out the flavours.
Read the full recipe on The Comfort of Cooking here.