Honey Sriracha Chicken Thighs

$7.29 recipe / $1.22 serving

The reign of sriracha is not over yet. The price for a bottle of this magic sauce remains stable at my local grocery store, so panic is averted for now.

I fell in love with chicken thighs a while back when I made the Maple Dijon Chicken Thighs. They’re super easy to cook, usually quite inexpensive, and always juicy and tender. For boneless, skinless chicken thighs all you have to do is add some sauce and pop them in the oven. A little while later you have an easy to eat and very delicious meat. That’s all I want—easy, delicious, inexpensive.

For this honey sriracha version, I’ve mixed up a marinade/sauce of the basic goodies: garlic, ginger, soy sauce, honey, and brown sugar. I used half brown sugar and half honey to cut costs, but if cost is not your concern, use all honey and no brown sugar. The end product is sweet, spicy, and full of flavor. Plus the thighs are tender and juicy as always. I’ve been eating this all week  over a bed of jasmine rice with a few florets of broccoli.  When I’m leaving for work in the morning I add all three to a container (the broccoli is frozen, from a bag in the freezer) and then they all reheat together in the microwave at lunch time. It’s the perfect little inexpensive and filling lunch!

Honey Sriracha Chicken Thighs

Honey Sriracha Chicken Thighs

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Honey Sriracha Chicken Thighs
 
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Total Cost: $7.29
Cost Per Serving: $1.22
Serves: 6 (1 thigh each)
Ingredients
  • 2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken thighs (6 pcs) $5.98
  • 2 cloves garlic $0.16
  • 1 inch fresh ginger $0.11
  • 2 Tbsp sriracha hot sauce $0.17
  • 1½ Tbsp soy sauce $0.15
  • 1 Tbsp rice vinegar $0.11
  • 2 Tbsp honey $0.24
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar $0.03
  • 1 Tbsp vegetable oil $0.02
  • ½ cup water $0.00
  • 2 Tbsp corn starch $0.12
  • ¼ bunch cilantro (or green onions) $0.20
Instructions
  1. Mince the garlic and grate the ginger into a bowl. Add the sriracha, soy sauce, rice vinegar, honey, brown sugar, vegetable oil, and water. Stir to combine. Add the corn starch and stir until dissolved.
  2. Add the chicken thighs to a large zip top bag or a shallow dish. Add half of the marinade/sauce mixture to the chicken and toss to coat (be sure to stir the sauce before adding it to the chicken. The garlic, ginger, and corn starch tend to settle to the bottom.) Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Save the unused portion of the marinade for later.
  3. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Add the chicken and its marinade to a 8x8 inch casserole dish. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes, basting the chicken with the juices half way through.
  4. While the chicken is baking, add the second reserved marinade (the half that wasn't used with the chicken) to a small sauce pot. Bring it up to a simmer over medium heat while stirring. As soon as it reaches a simmer it will thicken into a nice glaze. Set the sauce aside.
  5. When the chicken is finished baking, spread the thickened sauce over each piece of chicken. Add fresh cilantro or sliced green onions and serve.

 

Honey Sriracha Chicken Thighs

I like to add a few spears of broccoli to this dish to make a complete meal!

Step by Step Photos

Marinade

Mince two cloves of garlic and grate one inch of fresh ginger on a small holed cheese grater. Add them to a bowl along with 2 Tbsp sriracha, 1.5 Tbsp soy sauce, 1 Tbsp rice vinegar, 2 Tbsp honey, 2 Tbsp brown sugar, 1 Tbsp vegetable oil, and 1/2 cup water. Stir to combine.

Corn Starch

Add 2 Tbsp corn starch and stir until dissolved. 

Marinate

Add half of the marinade mixture to a large zip top bag (or shallow dish) along with 2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken thighs. Toss to coat and then marinate for 30 minutes in the refrigerator. Be sure to stir the marinade mixture well before pouring it into the bag because the garlic, ginger, and corn starch tend to settle to the bottom. Save the second half of the marinade for later.

Ready to Bake

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Add the marinated chicken thighs to a small casserole dish, along with all of the marinade from the bag. Bake for 30 minutes and baste the chicken half way through (either spoon the juices over top of each thigh or use a baster to squirt the liquid over top).

Thicken Sauce

Meanwhile, add the reserved half of the marinade (the half not used on the chicken) to a small sauce pot and bring it up to a simmer over medium heat. As soon as it reaches a simmer, the corn starch will begin to thicken the sauce until it becomes a nice glaze. Set the thickened sauce aside until the chicken is finished baking.

Baked Chicken Thighs

When they’re finished baking they look like this. Kind of naked, huh? That’s why we saved half of the sauce! :D

Sauce up Thighs

Sauce them thighs up! (Just use a spoon to spread some of the sauce over each thigh.)

Honey Sriracha Chicken Thighs

Add a little greenery to freshen it up (cilantro or sliced green onions) and you’re ready to serve! Like I said earlier, I’ve been eating this in a bowl with jasmine rice and a little broccoli. So good—So easy.

75 Comments

  1. sarah says:

    Something I’ve wondered, I’ve seen a couple recipes on this site that boils a marinade down to a glaze but I’ve heard this is really dangerous to do – there’s risk of developing food-borne illness. Have you heard something to the contrary? I heard this on Food Network, so I don’t know if that’s a legit source or not.

    • It’s only okay as long as it’s cooked (then it’s no different than the marinade that is left coating the meat and cooked with the meat). NEVER use it raw or uncooked. Here is an excerpt from the FDA: “Never reuse marinade used on raw meat or poultry unless you boil it first to destroy any harmful bacteria. If you plan to use some of the marinade as sauce for the cooked food, your best bet is to reserve a portion of the marinade before putting raw meat and poultry in it.” and here’s where that quote is taken from. I hope that helps clear things up! :)

  2. I doubled the marinade because I am making 2 drumsticks, 2 bone-in skin-on thighs, and and 2 split chicken breasts.

    Haven’t baked them yet because I want them to marinate all day, but I’m sure the skin will crisp up nicely in the oven. I’m confident that this will be awesome. :-) serving with stir-fried bok choy and red cabbage, jasmine rice on the side.

  3. Dorothy says:

    I love this recipe. I have made it several times already. It always tastes delicious and it is quick to make. I have been actually “cooking” on a regular basis since I found this site. Thank you so much for sharing all your recipes. I greatly appreciate your generosity.

  4. Anita says:

    Would I be able to grill the chicken thighs instead of baking?

  5. Kelly says:

    This could also be good substituting maple syrup for the honey. I once worked at a restaurant and they had maple Sriracha chicken wings and they were my favorite thing to get! I’m gonna try both!

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