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Sweet & Spicy Garlic Chili Chicken #recipe

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It was a hot and humid day and I had no desire to man the grill to cook dinner. The house was cool because the air was cranked down to 70 degrees so the kitchen felt very good to cook a meal. I’d been craving Chinese food for days but instead of ordering I created. Our favorite General Tso’s Chicken inspired this Sweet & Spicy Garlic Chili Chicken.
Sweet and Spicy Garlic Chili Chicken #recipe

I had 8 small chicken breasts from Five Star Home Foods to use and I wanted something that was different from our normal meals.  I also knew I had to make lots of adjustments to the heat level for different members of the family. Rob loves lots of spice and heat. Sabreena and I can deal with some heat but Shaun and Shae have more tame palates. The sauce on the side provides the kick that Rob likes. Doing a separate sauce lets each person add just as much as they want.


Sweet & Spicy Garlic Chili Chicken


  • 2-3 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into 2″ pieces
  • 1 tsp Sesame oil
  • 2 TBLS Soy Sauce
  • 3 TBLS Chili Garlic sauce (Huy Fong Vietnamese Chili Garlic Sauce is my go to)
  • 2 tsp chopped garlic
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp Rice Wine Vinegar
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • scallions
  • jalapenos
  • cooking oil for frying

 Spicy Chili Sauce

  • 1/3 cup chili garlic sauce
  • 2 TBLS honey (or more)
  • 1 tsp soy sauce


In a large bowl thoroughly mix together the chicken, sesame oil, soy sauce, chili sauce, garlic, black pepper, vinegar and ginger and set aside for at least 2 hours.

In a small bowl mix together the chili garlic sauce, honey and soy sauce. Set aside so the flavors come together. *Add more or less honey to adjust the heat level to your preference.

To cook the chicken bring 2 inches of canola or peanut oil to a medium high temperature, 350 degrees. Drain the marinated chicken and coat pieces in cornstarch, shaking off to remove excess.

Fry the chicken pieces and carrots  in small batches till just cooked, turning to brown on all sides then set aside while remaining chicken cooks. I kept mine on a plate in the oven at low heat.

Serve over rice with chopped scallions and thinly sliced jalapenos and spicy chili sauce on top or as a dipping sauce on the side.

Sweet and Spicy Garlic Chili Chicken #recipe

Sweet and Spicy Garlic Chili Chicken #recipe
I’ve been wanting to make this again. I actually crave it, think about it.

As with any recipe adjust seasonings to your preference. Recipes (except for baking) should never be the final say on a dish. Use it as a guide to create something you and your family will love and want to make again and again.

For the best recipes start with quality ingredients. Using Five Star Home Foods for the past 3 months has inspired many new recipes.

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  1. Masshole Mommy says

    That sounds so good. I am definitely bookmarking this so I can come back to it and make it later!!

  2. Catherine S says

    This sounds and looks so good. Next time we want to order Chinese I am going to make this.

  3. I am getting tired of the same old boring chicken recipes we serve around here. I am totally adding this one to the recipe pile now. It sounds amazing!

  4. This dish looks so flavorful! I love finding new ways to make chicken.

  5. That’s some serious nom nomery, right there! I’ve got to make this soon. I love a good spicy dish.

  6. I am already sooo hungry, lol. This looks so delicious!

  7. This looks like something my son in law would make! He’s been getting really inventive in the kitchen lately. I’ll have to share your recipe with him. I bet he’ll love it.

  8. This looks pretty good. I am sure if hubs saw it he would want to make it right away. And then eat it all himself.

  9. We used to only be able to get that sauce in a Thai restaurant. Now I buy it by the carton full! We all love it!

  10. Your picture looks amazing! OMG so delish I wanna lick my laptop screen!

  11. The name alone got me, then I saw the picture and my mouth began to water. I cant wait to test it out and try it myself.

  12. Great looking meal. It is looks yummy and filling

  13. Love that it has rice! My family and I love breaded chicken 🙂

  14. So many of my favorite flavors are working together in this dish, definitely going to be a must try.

  15. Christina says

    oh that looks so yummy! I am buying the ingredients for this today. I will make it tonight for dinner and my son will love it!

  16. This is really great. I love the way all the flavors are used. I’ll be making this one for sure!

  17. This looks so good! I am going to pin this for later.

  18. Ohhh, I love a spicy chicken dish! These look amazing!

  19. What a beautiful dish! I’d skip on the jalapenos, but that’s just me. I don’t do spicy.

  20. Love this, will be trying it out sometime in the near future!

  21. That looks so yummy!! Definitely going to try that!!

  22. Now this is my kind of dinner!
    Pinned it for later, thanks!

  23. This looks so yummy! Guess what I will be making this week! Thanks!

  24. looks great!!!

  25. That sounds like a yummy recipe. Thanks for sharing.

  26. That looks SO good! I’m kinda hungry now. Seriously, I need to save this recipe.

  27. Looks so delish. My mouth wants this.

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