Asian Sweet Chili Chicken

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Asian Sweet Chili Chicken is so crispy, sticky, sweet, slightly spicy and completely addicting you won’t even miss your favorite Asian takeout.

Asian Sweet Chili Chicken is so crispy, sticky, sweet, slightly spicy and completely addicting you won't even miss your favorite Asian takeout.Asian Sweet Chili Chicken combines two of my favorite things about Asian cooking, tempura batter and sweet chili sauce. We love this Sweet Chili Sauce so much we keep 4 bottles of it on hand to make sure we don’t run out (our local store doesn’t carry it so I order it on Amazon or stock up when we head home for visits. Asian Sweet Chili Chicken is so crispy, sticky, sweet, slightly spicy and completely addicting you won't even miss your favorite Asian takeout.

The batter of the chicken is your classic tempura batter which ensures it is a light crispy batter you won’t feel weighted down by. It is a mix of cornstarch and flour that you add ice water to (drain the ice out first). This means you’ll want to work fast because the colder that batter is the crispier it is going to be.

Another tip for making this dish as crispy and light as possible is cooking in a wok. I reference it a lot when it comes to Asian cooking because the high heat, quick cooking is the best way to get crispy small bites of proteins, like this Mongolian Beef I posted last week that resulted in tender bites of beef even with as thinly as they were sliced. Asian Sweet Chili Chicken is so crispy, sticky, sweet, slightly spicy and completely addicting you won't even miss your favorite Asian takeout.

Sometimes I also swap out ice water for ice cold club soda. I know what you’re thinking, who has club soda around the house? Well,  you probably don’t if you live near me because I think I single handedly keep the stores within 5 miles of me out of stock I love it so much. Carbonation without the added stuff of sodas.

Asian Sweet Chili Chicken is so crispy, sticky, sweet, slightly spicy and completely addicting you won't even miss your favorite Asian takeout.

This Asian Sweet Chili Chicken is a breeze to make because the sauce is just a few ingredients and the batter takes just a few minutes to combine and even less time to fry. All of that to say you could be sitting down to this dish in the amount of time it takes you to steam the white sticky rice you’re making on the side.

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Mom alert: serve something green on the side! Broccoli, bok choy, green beans, edamame, something green so you don’t feel guilt biting into this delicious bite of food!

Asian Sweet Chili Chicken is so crispy, sticky, sweet, slightly spicy and completely addicting you won't even miss your favorite Asian takeout.So break out the wok, the chili sauce, that half a lime you have sitting around and get to making this delicious Asian Sweet Chili Chicken!

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Asian Sweet Chili Chicken is so crispy, sticky, sweet, slightly spicy and completely addicting you won't even miss your favorite Asian takeout.

Tools Used in the Making of this Asian Sweet Chili Chicken:
Sweet Chili Sauce: Adds that sweet, glaze to the dish that you’ll have trouble replicating without quite a lot of work, this is at the heart of the dish. If you’re in a pinch use the Trader Joe’s brand, add a bit more than written of the crushed red peppers since the Trader Joe’s variety is not spicy at all.
Wok: Great for high heat, quick cooking. This wok is a great addition to your kitchen if you love cooking Chinese food or stir fries in general.
Large Frying Pan: I use this Cuisinart for most of my non cast iron cooking unless I am going with a stainless steel option, then I choose my All Clad.

 

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Asian Sweet Chili Chicken

5
  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Course: Main Course
  • Cuisine: Asian, Thai
Asian Sweet Chili Chicken is so crispy, sticky, sweet, slightly spicy and completely addicting you won't even miss your favorite Asian takeout.

Ingredients

Tempura Battered Chicken:

  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour sifted
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup water ice cold
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 pound chicken thighs boneless-skinless and cut into 1 inch pieces

Sauce:

  • canola oil for frying
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 green onions sliced thinly, tip to tail not including the root
  • 1/2 cup Thai sweet chili sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper

Optional Garnishes:

Instructions

Note: click on times in the instructions to start a kitchen timer while cooking.

  1. Mix together the batter ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Heat a frying pan up with oil deep enough to fry your chicken pieces without them touching the bottom of the pan, a couple inches should be enough space.
  3. Using a slotted spoon drain the batter as much as possible and slide the chicken into the pan.
  4. Break apart the chicken after the crust starts to form and cook until the chicken is golden brown (4-5 minutes)
  5. Work in batches to prevent the oil from dropping too far in temperature.
  6. Remove the last batch of chicken from the pan and discard almost all the oil, leaving just a couple of tablespoons in the pan.
  7. Add the garlic and green onions to the pan and cook it on medium heat for 20-30 seconds.

  8. Add the chicken back in along with the sweet chili sauce and crushed red pepper.

  9. Toss to combine and serve immediately.
  10. Garnish with sesame seeds or green onions if desired.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from Rasa Malaysia.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 4 servings, Amount per serving: calories

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Asian Sweet Chili Chicken is so crispy, sticky, sweet, slightly spicy and completely addicting you won't even miss your favorite Asian takeout.

Asian Sweet Chili Chicken is so crispy, sticky, sweet, slightly spicy and completely addicting you won't even miss your favorite Asian takeout.
Asian Sweet Chili Chicken is so crispy, sticky, sweet, slightly spicy and completely addicting you won't even miss your favorite Asian takeout.
Asian Sweet Chili Chicken is so crispy, sticky, sweet, slightly spicy and completely addicting you won't even miss your favorite Asian takeout.
Asian Sweet Chili Chicken is so crispy, sticky, sweet, slightly spicy and completely addicting you won't even miss your favorite Asian takeout.
Asian Sweet Chili Chicken is so crispy, sticky, sweet, slightly spicy and completely addicting you won't even miss your favorite Asian takeout.

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    1. Yes, weird I know. I tried it both ways and with the oil was better. But I will say since you leave so much of the batter behind you really lose at least half the calories of it.

  1. I always avoided buying a wok & you’re going to convince me to finally buy one. 🙂
    One question though, we have a glasstop electric stove. Any wok suggestions for that?

    1. So glad I inspired you 🙂 Because you have a glass top electric stove, I would suggest getting a flat bottom wok. They’re very versatile for any cooking surface but will help with distributing heat.

  2. Hat off to the person who posted this recipe!
    Amazingly delicious! I made a bit more batter and drain it. I added some carrots and ginger  as well.Tomorrow I will make it again. I would give u more than 5 stars ? if I would have the option.:)  Great job!

    Thank you!

  3. Just finished eating this wonderful dish. Made it exactly as the recipe stated. It was very easy. I sliced the scallions, chopped the garlic, put the sauce together, cooked the rice, and  steamed some broccoli while the batches of chicken were cooking. This would make a sensational company dish. 

    Rating: 5
  4. This looks delicious, I will be making this for dinner tonight, THANK YOU! also, would it taste the same if I used chicken breasts instead?

    1. You can use breasts, I just prefer the flavor of thighs. They have a higher fat content which means the chicken is moist and delicious in this recipe.

  5. I made this dish last night, OMG! It turned out amazing! This is currently my favorite Asian dish yet! Thanks so much for sharing your recipes. I’ve already got my eye on the General Tso’s and lemon chicken recipes and will be trying those soon.Kind regards.Floyd

    Rating: 5
  6. Thought I posted a comment but don’t see it. I made this the other evening and I thought it was okay, it just didn’t seem to have any flavor other than the sweet chili sauce. Would it help to add salt to the chicken before or after it’s cooked. It was easy to make and would like to try again but just not sure. Thank you.