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Honey Sriracha Orange Chicken

I have so been looking forward to summer – not because our weather in San Diego is all that different – but because I get to share my favorite grilling recipes with my foodie friends like my new obsessive worthy sticky, sweet heat Honey Sriracha Orange Chicken!

Honey Sriracha Orange Chicken

After making this tender, juicy orange chicken bathed in Honey Sriracha Orange Glaze in the afternoon, I giddily ate it for lunch.   I giddily ate it again for dinner.  That night, I couldn’t stop dreaming about its perfect sweet heat and had to polish it off for breakfast.  The chicken all to myself was the only reason I was happy my husband was gone surfing in Mexico.  That, and the fact that Patrick would also want to devour this Honey Sriracha Orange Chicken so I would get to make it again soon – very soon.

Honey Sriracha Orange Chicken

And when I say “make” this chicken – I use this term very loosely.  Although this chicken tastes like you have slaved away for hours – it only takes minutes to whip up.  It is the perfect easy weeknight meal but is drool worthy enough (and easy enough) for large crowds and entertaining.

Honey Sriracha Orange Chicken

The chicken is marinated in a sweet and spicy (but not too spicy) orange sauce which doubles as the tantalizing sticky Honey Sriracha Orange Glaze that you brush all over your chicken after grilling.  This is one of my favorite methods of cooking – to reserve some of the marinade, whisk it with cornstarch and it instantly becomes your glaze – double the flavor WITHOUT double work!

Honey Sriracha Orange Chicken

The to-live-for marinade/glaze is a harmonious concoction of orange juice, orange marmalade, honey, and splashes of lemon juice, sriracha, hoisin sauce (like Asian BBQ sauce), ginger, garlic, etc.  Mmmmmmm…..Can you taste it now?!

Honey Sriracha Orange Chicken


This ingredient list might seem a bit lengthy but keep in mind, you are simply whisking the ingredients together and that is all your prep work for a total of maybe 5 minutes AND you have almost zero dishes – another fabulous thing about grilling (so your kitchen doesn’t look like this).

Honey Sriracha Orange Chicken

 

Happy summer and happy grilling with Orange Honey Sriracha Chicken!   It will meet you in your dreams.

Honey Sriracha Orange Chicken

Yield: 4-6 servings

Prep Time: 7 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Honey Sriracha Orange Chicken

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds chicken tenderloins or boneless, skinless chicken breasts, pounded thin
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch

Honey Sriracha Orange Marinade/Glaze

  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1/2 cup orange marmalade
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons quality hoisin sauce like Lee Kum Kee or Kikkoman*
  • 1 tablespoons soy sauce (low sodium)
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons sriracha/Asian hot red chili sauce, more or less to taste
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Garnish (optional)

  • green onions
  • orange zest

Directions:

  1. Whisk the Honey Sriracha Orange Marinade/Glaze ingredients together in a medium bowl. Add 1/3 cup to a large freezer bag and whisk in 1/4 cup olive oil. Add the chicken and marinate 60 minutes up to overnight in the refrigerator. Refrigerate reserved the glaze separately.
  2. When ready to grill, let the chicken sit at room temperature for 15 to 30 minutes (time permitting).
  3. Meanwhile, grease and preheat the grill to medium heat, 375 to 450°F.
  4. Separate 3 tablespoons from reserved glaze into a small bowl. Add the remaining glaze to a small saucepan and whisk with 2 teaspoons cornstarch. Set aside.
  5. Drain the chicken from the marinade and pat dry. Grill the chicken undisturbed for 5 to 6 minutes per side, or until chicken is cooked through, basting with the 3 tablespoons separated glaze. (An inserted thermometer should read 165 degrees F when chicken is done.)
  6. Meanwhile, while the chicken is grilling (or after, if you don't have room on your grill), place the covered saucepan on the grill (this can also be done on the stove), and bring to a simmer. Once simmering, remove lid and whisk until thickened. Once thickened, brush the cooked chicken with glaze. Spoon the extra glaze over the plated chicken or use as a dip.
  7. Garnish the chicken with orange zest and green onions (optional). It's delicious served over rice.
*Hoisin Sauce can be found in the Asian section of your grocery store
SOURCE:  RecipeGirl.com

Here are a few more sriracha-themed recipes you might enjoy:

 

Jen

Cystic fibrosis survivor, lung and kidney transplant recipient, lover of life and FOOD! Jen is the recipe developer, photographer and writer at Carlsbad Cravings where she shares tried and true daringly delicious recipes with big, bold flavors for the everyday home cook.

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11 Responses to “Honey Sriracha Orange Chicken”

  1. postedJul 31, 2015 5:31 PM
    Gloria

    Excellent. I made plenty so I could have it at a later date.

  2. postedJul 31, 2015 7:03 PM
    Spencer

    I made this tonight, it was a HUGE hit! So yummy!

  3. postedAug 4, 2015 9:59 AM
    Janet

    Ah-Sriracha! You saved me. My son and his new lady love and family are coming to visit. This is exactly what I’ll make for dinner. Thank you. BTW: it might be good substituting curry for the Sriracha. But *i* wouldn’t like it as well. ????

  4. postedAug 11, 2015 9:20 PM

    Hi Janet!  If you like curry, then that would be a delicious layer of spice to add!  I hope you enjoy with your son and lady love 🙂

  5. postedAug 25, 2015 1:21 PM
    Michael

    Where does the soy sauce, red wine vinegar, brown sugar, garlic powder, ginger powder, and onion powder come into play? Listed as ingredients but not in the instructions.

    • September 3rd, 2015 @ 8:41 PM

      Where it says, “Whisk the marinade ingredients together.”

  6. postedAug 30, 2015 6:10 PM
    Tiffany

    My life needs this to be a crockpot meal. What do you think about that possibility? Any major modifications needed? I’m really excited to get it done and into my mouth! ????

    • September 3rd, 2015 @ 8:37 PM

      I’m not sure!

  7. postedMar 20, 2016 9:14 AM
    Morgan

    What is the side dish it is served with in the picture? Some sort of fruit salad? It looks delicious! Is there a recipe for that? Or what else could be served with the chicken and rice? Can’t wait to make it!

    • April 11th, 2016 @ 4:24 AM

      Just a simple fruit salsa.

  8. postedApr 4, 2016 5:36 PM
    Nina

    This was amazing!!!! Only thing I would do would be to add a little more siracha because I love spicy. This is my new favorite chicken 

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