Sticky Chicken

If you’re looking for a last minute, easy recipe, that is sure to please a crowd for Labor day weekend, I have one for you.  Baked chicken thighs in a sticky-sweet barbecue sauce.  If you can look past my pictures, it truly is a great dish.  I promise.  Even pinky swear!

This is from the Looneyspoons Collection cookbook, page 167 if you have it.  If not, I did not change any ingredients, besides cutting it in half because I wasn’t feeding a crowd at the time.  Although, my husband can be considered a crowd the way he eats 😉  That is, if he likes and he did.  I was shocked but, happy too.  High-fives for me!

Let’s get to cooking…

Sticky Chicken

16 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
1/2 c. barbecue sauce (hickory flavor works great!)
1/4 reduced-sodium soy sauce
1/4 c. red wine vinegar
1/4 c. pure maple syrup or honey (I used honey)
1 T. chili powder
1 T. Dijon mustard
1 T. grated gingerroot
2 t. minced garlic
1 t. ground cumin
1 T. cornstarch

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Spray a 9 x 13 baking pan with cooking spray.  Arrange chicken thighs in pan in a single layer.
sticky chicken

To make sauce, whisk together remaining ingredients, except cornstarch, in a medium bowl.  Pour evenly over chicken.  Turn pieces to coat both sides with sauce.  (I marinated mine overnight, at this point). Bake, uncovered, for about 40 minutes (or less, if using less pieces), or until chicken is no longer pink in the center.

Remove chicken from pan and keep warm.  Carefully pour sauce from pan into a small pot.  Bring to a boil over medium-high heat.  Combine cornstarch with an equal amount of water and mix until smooth.  Add to sauce.  Cook until sauce is bubbly and has thickened, about 1 minute.  Serve hot chicken with extra sauce on the top.
sticky chicken

*Here are the minor changes I made while cooking.  I cooked the chicken on a cookie sheet to spread it out more.  While the chicken was cooking I made the sauce, I basted the chicken while it cooked.  That is probably why it looks black in my pictures and probably why my kitchen was full of smoke.  The sauce wanted to cook faster than the chicken.  If I made this again, which I will, I would most definitely cook this on the grill and save the sauce for last.  As stated in the recipe to begin with.   Why oh why do I alter things some times?  Lol!
sticky chicken

All in all, the chicken was great and very moist, the sauce was very good and not burnt, even though looks can be deceiving from my wonderful pictures.  Don’t be jelly of my photos either 😉

Have a great Labor day weekend y’all, stay safe and enjoy!


About Suzie

My name is Suzie. I'm married and have a son in the Army. I enjoy cooking, country life, reading and my animals, hence the name of this blog. My two German Shepherds are underfoot anytime I'm cooking ;) Oh, I'm also addicted to Food Network Channel.
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20 Responses to Sticky Chicken

  1. I love sticky sauces on meat or chicken, looks great. bet it would really good on wings also! Love that it’s a little sweet too.

  2. I love to use honey to marinate chicken too. I am very sure yours tastes divine!

  3. Sam says:

    Yum! I’m saving this one for sure, I was just trying to figure out what to grill this weekend 🙂

  4. That looks awesome! I would like some sticky chicken right now :0)

  5. My brother would eat this forever, thank you 🙂

    Choc Chip Uru

  6. Sarah says:

    i love recipes like this…. delish!

  7. biz319 says:

    I actually LOVE when sauce is like that – but Tony isn’t a fan – he’s always telling me “don’t put the bbq sauce on until the end!”

    Glad you liked my Ode To Lasagna Soup #41

  8. Veronica says:

    I like sticky chicken! And the pics don’t look bad to me, I’m a fan of burnt stuff, even if it isn’t really burnt. lol! Good job John, you’re slowly becoming a normal eater! 😉

  9. eliotthecat says:

    Crispy, grilled, sticky food? Awesome!

  10. Monet says:

    Hi Suzie! This looks sticky and delicious! A great idea for Labor Day. Thank you for sharing!

  11. Like it even more with maple syrup.
    honey make it too easy to burned out….
    i use some vinegar to the glaze if i use honey to prevent it get burned

  12. Joanne says:

    That sauce sounds lickable. So sweet salty delicious.

  13. I’m so glad you are still finding yummy recipes to prepare in the cookbook! I haven’t done this one yet, but boy, it sounds finger lickin’ good! Going on my must make list! I am really becoming a huge fan of chicken thighs…especially grilled!

  14. I love thighs (my favorite piece). I think a little smoke was worth it as it looks and sounds fab AND it was hubby approved, right? And I love how you showed us what you had it with. I hope you had a great Labor Day weekend, love ya Suzie!

  15. Amy Tong says:

    I definitely love a little sweetness in my savory food, especially chicken. Hope you had a wonderful labor day weekend too.

  16. Wow!
    That dish does look exceptionally special… I would love a bite 🙂

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