Sticky Chicken on a platter.

Sticky Chicken

When it comes to crafting a memorable meal, sticky chicken is an all-time favorite that never fails to impress. This dish is celebrated for its rich, savory, and slightly sweet flavors, paired with a hint of spice that makes every bite a delightful experience. Whether you’re preparing dinner for family, hosting a gathering with friends, or simply treating yourself to a delicious homemade meal, sticky chicken is a recipe that delivers.

Sticky Chicken on a platter.

The robust flavors of sticky chicken pair well with a variety of side dishes, allowing you to create a well-rounded meal. Serve it over a bed of cauliflower rice to soak up the delicious sauce. Add a side of stir-fried vegetables or a simple salad to balance the richness of the chicken. This versatility ensures that sticky chicken can be a staple in your meal rotation.

A Perfectly Balanced Flavor Profile

Sticky chicken combines the succulent tenderness of chicken thighs with a marinade and sauce that pack a punch. The marinade, made with coconut milk, ground ginger, fresh pepper, and red pepper flakes, infuses the chicken with deep, aromatic flavors. This not only enhances the taste but also helps keep the chicken moist and juicy during cooking. After marinating for several hours, the chicken is baked to perfection, ensuring a crispy exterior while remaining tender inside.

The magic of sticky chicken lies in its sticky sauce. The combination of rice vinegar, low carb sweetener, coconut aminos, and red pepper flakes creates a beautifully balanced sauce. It’s sweet, tangy, and has just the right amount of heat. As the sauce thickens, it develops a glossy finish that clings to the chicken, making it irresistibly sticky and flavorful.

Sticky Chicken on a platter.

Substitutions and Variations

While the recipe for sticky chicken is already packed with flavor, there are several substitutions and variations you can try to suit your preferences or dietary needs. Here are a few ideas:

  • Chicken Alternatives: If you prefer, you can use boneless skinless chicken breasts instead of thighs. Just be mindful of the cooking time, as breasts may cook faster and could dry out if overcooked.
  • Sweetener Options: The recipe calls for a low carb granular sweetener, but you can use other options like maple syrup or honey (if not strictly low-carb) to achieve a different sweetness profile.
  • Spice Level: Adjust the amount of red pepper flakes to suit your spice tolerance. Add more for a spicier kick or reduce for a milder flavor.

What to Eat with Sticky Chicken

To complement the bold flavors of sticky chicken, consider pairing it with side dishes that enhance its taste and provide a balanced meal. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Cauliflower Rice: An excellent option for soaking up the sticky sauce, making each bite even more delicious.
  • Stir-Fried Vegetables: A mix of bell peppers, broccoli, snap peas, and carrots stir-fried with a touch of garlic and soy sauce can add a fresh and crunchy element to your meal.
  • Simple Salad: A light and refreshing salad with a tangy vinaigrette can provide a nice contrast to the rich and sticky chicken.
Sticky Chicken Pinterest pin.

Tips for Making Sticky Chicken

Creating the perfect sticky chicken involves a few key tips to ensure your dish turns out delicious every time:

  • Marinating Time: Allow the chicken to marinate for at least 4 hours, but if you can, let it sit overnight. This will enhance the flavor and tenderness of the chicken.
  • Cooking Method: Use a broiler pan or a baking rack to ensure even cooking and to help achieve a crispy exterior on the chicken.
  • Sauce Consistency: If you prefer a thicker sauce, don’t hesitate to use xanthan gum as a thickening agent. Stir the sauce frequently as it cooks to prevent it from burning and to achieve the desired consistency.

Final Thoughts

The combination of tender chicken with a luscious, flavorful sauce makes it a dish that stands out on any table. Its allergy-friendly ingredients ensure that it can be enjoyed by many, without compromising on taste. The ease of preparation and the flexibility in pairing with different sides make it a go-to recipe for any occasion. Whether you’re a seasoned cook or just starting out in the kitchen, sticky chicken is a recipe that promises to delight and impress.

Sticky Chicken on a platter.

Sticky Chicken

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 307 kcal


  • 6-8 boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon fresh pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • optional 1 teaspoon xanthan gum


  • 3/4 C rice vinegar
  • 1/2 cup low carb granular sweetener
  • 3 tablespoons coconut aminos
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes


  • In a glass container or ziplock bag, mix together coconut milk, ground ginger, fresh pepper and red pepper flakes. Make sure the coconut milk is mostly broken up and liquid.
  • Add chicken thighs and make sure the chicken is completely coated.
  • Let marinate in the fridge for about least 4 hours. Mix the chicken around a few times during that 4 hours to make sure things stay coated nicely.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Place chicken on a broiler pan or a baking rack with a catch tray underneath.
  • Bake for 30-40 minutes or until chicken is completely cooked.

Sticky Sauce

  • About 15 minutes before the chicken is done, add rice vinegar, monk fruit, coconut aminos and red pepper flakes to a large saucepan.
  • (optional) if you want the sauce thicker, add the xanthan gum.
  • Stir often for about 15 minutes as the sauce thickens.
  • Once chicken and sauce are done, place chicken in a platter with an edge and pour the sauce over chicken.


Serving: 1gCalories: 307kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 23gFat: 21gSaturated Fat: 15gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.02gCholesterol: 107mgSodium: 304mgPotassium: 478mgFiber: 2gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 183IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 25mgIron: 2mg
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