This sticky chicken recipe is easy, delicious and perfect for any bone-in skin-on chicken. Cooks entirely in the oven with an easy stir-together glaze.

sticky chicken in baking dish

Why you’ll love this sticky chicken!

  • This sticky chicken is one of the easiest chicken dinners! No pre-browning of the chicken is needed. Simply pop the chicken in a pan.
  • The simple glaze is stirred together and poured over the chicken.
  • The delicious glaze is a bit of a fusion of BBQ and Asian-inspired flavours and it’s thick enough to stick to the chicken perfectly.

Ingredients and Substitutions

Bone-in Skin-on Chicken – bone-in, skin-on chicken is specified and highly recommended as the long oven time will dry out the boneless or skinless chicken. The fat from the skin also prevents the glaze from cooking off in the pan. You can use bone-in chicken breasts, bone-in chicken thighs or bone-in drumsticks or try a mixture of several cuts.

Ketchup – ketchup is specified, though you could replace it with tomato sauce if you prefer. I might add a splash of white vinegar to tomato sauce, as well.

Orange Juice – freshly squeezed orange juice is always nice, but any orange juice will work fine here.

Step-by-Step Photos

  1. Place chicken into an oven-safe baking pan. I’ve used 2 bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts and 4 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs here.
  2. Stir together the glaze and pour over the chicken
  3. Bake for 90 minutes, basting chicken twice during cooking, after 30 and 60 minutes of cooking.

What to serve with sticky chicken

The flavours of the chicken lends itself to either rice (or cauliflower rice) or potatoes as a side. Or skip the carbs and serve with a simple green vegetable or an Asian-inspired salad.

sticky chicken in baking dish with fork

Making ahead

You can place the chicken pieces in a plastic zipper bag, pour the sauce into the bag and shake to coat. Refrigerate to marinate for up to 8 hours before cooking.

sticky chicken in baking dish

Get the Recipe: Bone-in Chicken Sticky Chicken

This sticky chicken recipe is easy. delicious and perfect for any bone-in, skin-on chicken. Cooks entirely in the oven with an easy stir-together sauce.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2-3 lbs. bone-in, skin-on chicken pieces, *see Note 1 below

Sticky Sauce:

  • 5 Tablespoons ketchup
  • 4 Tablespoons orange juice
  • 4 Tablespoons honey
  • 3 Tablespoons soy sauce, low sodium recommended
  • 2 Tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 Tablespoons garlic, finely minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, finely mined or 1 teaspoon ginger paste
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper

For serving:

  • sesame seeds
  • green onion, sliced

Instructions
 

  • Optional marinating: You can place the chicken pieces in a plastic zipper bag, pour the sauce into the bag and shake to coat. Refrigerate to marinate up to 8 hours before cooking.
  • Preheat oven to 350F (regular bake setting/not fan assisted).
  • Pat chicken pieces dry with paper towel and season lightly with salt and freshly ground pepper. Place into an oven-safe baking dish.
  • Prepare the sauce by stirring together all the sauce ingredients. Pour sauce over chicken pieces to coat.
  • Place uncovered into preheated oven and cook for 1 1/2 hours, basting with the sauce every 30 minutes (so after 30 and 60 minutes of cooking). At end of cooking, if you like, switch oven to Broil (without raising rack) and broil 1-2 minutes to brown up a bit.
  • Serve garnished with sesame seeds and sliced green onion, if desired.

Notes

Note 1: bone-in, skin-on chicken is specified and highly recommended as the long oven time will may dry out boneless or skinless chicken. The fat from the skin also prevents the glaze from cooking off in the pan. You can use bone-in chicken breasts, bone-in chicken thighs or bone-in drumsticks or try a mixture of several cuts. 
Be sure to read the notes above this Recipe Card, for more tips on making this recipe. You will also find step-by-step photos there, that you might find useful.
Cuisine: American, Canadian
Course: Main Course
Serving: 1serving, Calories: 404kcal, Carbohydrates: 20g, Protein: 41g, Fat: 18g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g, Monounsaturated Fat: 7g, Trans Fat: 0.2g, Cholesterol: 121mg, Sodium: 522mg, Potassium: 521mg, Fiber: 0.2g, Sugar: 15g, Vitamin A: 244IU, Vitamin C: 7mg, Calcium: 32mg, Iron: 2mg
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