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26 August 2019

With this honey sriracha chicken recipe, we marinate the chicken first for flavor and juiciness, grill it, and finish it up with a honey-sriracha baste.

Do you have an easy go-to weeknight dinner? Something you make often because it’s so simple to whip together? Most people do. For me it’s usually chicken because – ONE: I love chicken, and TWO: Chicken cooks up FAST.

When cooking chicken, no matter what cut you’re working with, you need to decide if you’re doing a MARINADE or a RUB. Either way will give you some great flavor. After that, you need to consider the SAUCE. How wet do we want this chicken? How SPICY? How zesty?

For this recipe, I went with a marinade because I’m all into marinades lately. There is nothing like chicken that’s been marinating all day that gets tossed onto a hot grill.

I finish it up with some of the reserved marinade that gets basted on as a sauce, and triples as the final serving sauce, a wonderful combination of honey and sriracha for a blast of sweet and spicy. It’s so good!

Honey Sriracha Chicken Recipe

Oh baby! Easy and delicious! Let’s talk about how we make the recipe, shall we?

Honey Sriracha Chicken Recipe Steps

First, let’s make our marinade, which will also double as our basting and finishing sauce. You’ll need the following ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup sriracha
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup white wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

Whisk all of the ingredients together, which will make you just over 2 cups. Reserve 1/4 cup to 1 cup of this marinade and set it aside for now, depending on how much you want to have leftover for your basting and sauce. This recipe is very similar to my Spicy BBQ Chicken Marinade Recipe, with a few changes.

With the remain 1 cup or so of marinade, add it to a large bowl or resealable baggie with your chicken. This marinade is good for up to 3 pounds of chicken, but for now I’m only marinading 4 large chicken breasts.

Honey Sriracha Chicken Marinating

Marinate the chicken for 8 hours in the refrigerator, or overnight for even more flavor. If time is a factor, you can marinate for 30 minutes to get some additional flavor. 30 minutes is enough to impart some flavor.

When you’re ready to cook the chicken, heat your grill to medium heat and lightly oil the grates.

Remove the chicken from the marinade and discard the marinade. Grill the chicken 5 minutes per side to get a nice sear.

Basting the Honey Sriracha Chicken

Baste on a few spoonfuls of the reserved honey-sriracha sauce and continue to grill until you reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees F when measured with a meat thermometer. I like to baste a few times while cooking.

Testing the internal temperature of my grilled chicken

I like to use my Thermapen meat thermometer from ThermoWorks (I’m an affiliate). Works great! Looks like it is done cooking!

Remove the chicken from heat and let rest a couple minutes.

Serve with the remaining reserved honey-sriracha sauce. Toss in a few lime wedges if you’d like a bit of a finishing citrus pop.

BOOM! Quick and easy, right? I love that. It’s nice and spicy, definitely satisfying for spicy food lovers.

Recipe Tips

Heat Factor. If you’re looking for a milder version of this recipe, dial back on the amount of sriracha used. If you’re looking for a spicier version, feel free to include more sriracha or add in a bit of your favorite hot sauce. You can also incorporate a bit of spicy chili powder or chili flakes to really up that zest factor.

Juicy Honey Sriracha Chicken sliced in half

Alternate Cooking Methods

If you’re unable to or don’t feel like cooking on the grill, you can cook up chicken breast the same way in a hot pan on the stove top. Just heat a pan to medium-high heat and sear the chicken in oil about 5 minutes per side. After this, reduce the heat and cover the chicken. Keep cooking until you reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees F, about 10-15 minutes more.

Or, instead of covering, add the pan to the oven and bake 15 minutes at 375 degrees F, until you reach the same internal temperature.

Baste with more of the honey-sriracha sauce and serve them up! It’s just as great this way!

That’s it, my friends. I hope you enjoy this quick and easy chicken recipe as much as I do. Time to get cooking!

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Got any questions? Ask away! I’m happy to help. If you enjoy this recipe, I hope you’ll leave a comment with some STARS. Also, please share it on social media. Don’t forget to tag us at #ChiliPepperMadness. I’ll be sure to share! Thanks! — Mike H.

5 from 1 vote
Honey Sriracha Chicken Recipe
Honey Sriracha Chicken Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 
With this honey sriracha chicken recipe, we marinate the chicken first for flavor and juiciness, grill it, and finish it up with a honey-sriracha baste.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken, chicken breast, grilled chicken, grilling, sriracha
Servings: 4
Calories: 662 kcal
Author: Mike Hultquist
Ingredients
FOR THE MARINADE & SAUCE
  • 1/2 cup sriracha
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup white wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
FOR THE CHICKEN
  • 4 large chicken breasts this recipe can marinate more if needed
  • Olive oil as needed
Instructions
  1. Whisk all of the marinade ingredients together until well combined. Reserve half of the marinade to use later for basting and serving.
  2. Marinate your chicken in a baggie or large bowl, sealed, at least 8 hours in the refrigerator, or overnight for even more flavor. If time is a factor, you can marinate for 30 minutes to get some additional flavor.
COOKING THE CHICKEN
  1. Heat your grill to medium-high heat and lightly oil the grates.
  2. Remove the chicken from the marinade and discard the marinade. Grill the chicken 5 minutes per side to get a nice sear.
  3. Baste on a few spoonsful of the reserved honey-sriracha sauce and continue to grill until you reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees F when measured with a meat thermometer. I like to baste a few times while cooking.
  4. Remove from heat and let rest a couple minutes.
  5. Serve with the remaining reserved honey-sriracha sauce.
Recipe Notes

Heat Factor: Mild-Medium, but you'll get plenty of sweet zing from the honey-sriracha marinade and finishing sauce. For more pronounced heat, try adding spicier chili powder or flakes to the marinade/sauce.

Nutrition Facts
Honey Sriracha Chicken Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 662 Calories from Fat 297
% Daily Value*
Fat 33g51%
Saturated Fat 5g25%
Cholesterol 144mg48%
Sodium 1769mg74%
Potassium 1096mg31%
Carbohydrates 42g14%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 36g40%
Protein 49g98%
Vitamin A 980IU20%
Vitamin C 27.5mg33%
Calcium 38mg4%
Iron 2.7mg15%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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2 comments

  1. 5 stars
    My family flipped for this chicken! I marinated it overnight and it was just perfect. We’re going to put this in our regular rotation.

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Outstanding, Susan! I’m super happy you love it! Thanks!

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