Sriracha Brown Sugar Chicken

4 servings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Sriracha brown sugar chicken is a quick and easy sweet and spicy baked chicken dinner in under 30 minutes.

Easy Baked Chicken dinners are a quick option we love and this recipe won’t disappoint you. For other easy, flavorful options you should also look at my Adobo Chicken or Baked Orange Chicken recipes. They’re so easy!

Sriracha Brown Sugar Chicken in PanSRIRACHA BROWN SUGAR CHICKEN

Super flavorful food doesn’t have to be difficult. This baked chicken recipe takes longer to bring the five ingredients to the counter than it takes to prep the recipe.

The flavors that come out of the oven? You’d never guess how easy the recipe is. This spicy baked chicken tastes like an authentic sweet and spicy Asian bbq sauce was labored over before being added to the chicken.

You don’t have to share the secret to how easy this recipe is if you don’t want to, but once you invite people over and serve them this chicken:

chicken thigh baked with brown sugar and sriracha sauce they are going to want to know how you made it.

As the chicken bakes in the oven it reduces the sauce into this beautiful thick glaze you’ll pour over Rainbow Roasted Vegetables or Chinese Steamed Rice.

If you want a non-spicy version of this recipe you can try any of my Brown Sugar Garlic recipes on the site (there are quite a few of them)! Some of them have bacon added to the mix for a salty sweet flavor combination.

In fact, my Brown Sugar Garlic Slow Cooker Chicken is one of the most popular recipes on the site!

In fact if you would like, you can even add bacon to this recipe and it would be delicious. I’d recommend using bone in thighs that you’ve removed the skin from so the bacon and the chicken have time to cook and crisp up.

You can make this dinner all summer long in fact, this recipe is so easy you can throw the ingredients into a ziplock bag the night before then just cook it off and serve it on a bun for bbq sandwiches or serve it like bbq chicken along side some summer side favorites.

What to serve with this easy summer dinner with?

Sweet and Spicy Baked Chicken in orange pan

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Sriracha Brown Sugar Chicken

Sriracha brown sugar chicken is a quick and easy sweet and spicy baked chicken dinner in under 30 minutes.
Yield 4 servings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Author Sabrina Snyder


  • 4 chicken thighs , boneless, skinless
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder (or 2 cloves garlic - minced)
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar , packed
  • 3 tablespoons Sriracha Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper


  • Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees.
  • Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl and place the chicken into an oven safe cooking dish, pouring the rest of the sauce over the chicken in the pan.
  • Bake, uncovered, for 20-25 minutes (if the sauce gets a bit dry or thick, remove chicken when done, add ½ cup water and whisk to loosen sauce, then pour over baked chicken).


Calories: 242kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 107mg | Sodium: 948mg | Potassium: 327mg | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 45IU | Vitamin C: 7.3mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 1.2mg

Brown Sugar Sriracha Chicken

Sriracha Brown Sugar Chicken is a quick and easy meal that needs only 5 ingredients and 1 one pan, with a touch of sweetness and a hot finish.
Sriracha Brown Sugar Chicken is a quick and easy meal that needs only 5 ingredients and 1 one pan, with a touch of sweetness and a hot finish.
Sriracha Brown Sugar Chicken is a quick and easy meal that needs only 5 ingredients and 1 one pan, with a touch of sweetness and a hot finish.

About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the cookbook Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients, published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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  1. This was fantastic and really easy and cheap to put together! May cut down on the sriracha next time but this was amazing. Thanks!

  2. Excellent!!! I was surprised how delicious this was with so few ingredients! I made some white rice and it wad just right to pick up all the flavorful sauce. You have “hit it out of the park” again. I so enjoy your site!


  3. I love this so much the sweet spicy mix is to die for I couldn’t stop eating this and chicken thighs are my favorite type of chicken. I added some soy sauce to the brown sugar mix and I’m glad I did I feel like it all came together amazing. Favorite website for recipes right now. Your bacon brown sugar wrapper tenders are so far my fav recipe in the world rn with ranch dip ??

  4. Quite tasty! I used a bit less of the brown sugar and full amount of siracha sauce. My family loved it! I’m making the sauce this evening for grilled chicken wings per my 14 year old son’s request!

  5. Hi! I’ve used this with chicken… AWESOME! Can I used the same with baked salmon? I know the time would be different, but would you adjust anything with the recipe?

  6. i loved this. added a little worstershire the first time then cut the sugar in half and used a jalapeño peach jam in place the second. anyone who says “too spicy” is nuts! it’s simple and great and CHEAP! i served with jasmine rice and roasted veggies. husband LOVES it.

    1. You totally made my day! I’m so glad you made it and then came back to tell me about it! I look forward to seeing you around the site!

  7. I made this recipe, and we loved it. I changed it a bit: 3/4 cup of the brn. sugar and only
    1 – tsp of Sriracha sauce. I also added 2 – Tbl. butter to sauce, and 1/4 – cup water. This
    was delicious !! Served it with rice.

  8. This was my first recipe that I tried from your site. It was good and very easy to make – very spicy though! Served it with an Asian pasta salad and sweet n sour coleslaw.

    1. Thank you so much for taking the time to come back and let me know. So glad you enjoyed the dish!

  9. First of all, I’d lik to comment that all the entries that says “looks good” are not really reviews of the recipe.
    I made this and it was WAY TOO SPICY. I never even tasted the sweet. I will give it another shot using less Sriracha and will post a follow up.

    1. Feel free to adjust as everyone’s spice level is different. Glad you’re willing to give it another try.

  10. Not only a meal that can be thrown together in no time then left to cook itself but the taste was divine.

  11. Hello Sabrina , You are an awesome chef. I made this with chicken breast and it is sooooooooooooooooooooooooooo good. All your recipes are over the top.
    Thank you for all that you do and freely sharing it.

    1. Yay!! I am so glad you enjoyed it! I have a soft spot in my heart for this recipe because it is one of those secretly easy recipes that tastes so unique and deep with flavor.

    2. This sounds yummy!
      I’d rather use skin on, bone in chicken tho. I really like crispy chicken skin, and I think the fat would add flavor to the sauce (I’m one of those “fat is my friend” cooks) and it seems like cooking it with the bone in adds flavor that you just don’t get without the bone.
      Of course I realize it wouldn’t cook in 30 minutes, but some things are worth waiting for, imho.
      Thanks for the recipe, tho. Can’t wait to try it!

  12. This was delicious – made exactly per recipe! Loved it — must love heat though – very spicy 😉

    1. Agreed! I love this recipe, but I will cut the sriracha the next time I make it. I like heat, but not too much. ;-}

    1. Yes but you might need to adjust the cook time depending on the size of the breasts. They don’t have the fat content that thighs do and I wouldn’t want them to dry out. Enjoy!

    1. I’ve not tested it so I’m not sure. Using anything else will change the flavor so if you decide to try, I’d love to know how it turns out for you.

  13. I love how easy this recipe sounds! We love spicy food so can’t wait to try it! Great weeknight dinner!

  14. Made a big batch of this for meal prepped lunches for the week. It’s SO good! I just have it with a simple salad and I’m good to go. Thank you!

  15. Hi, this looks delish! All I have on hand is boneless, skinless chicken thighs. Will this not work?

  16. Sriracha and brown sugar sounds like such an interesting combo and the chicken looks delicious!

  17. Sweet and savory…hot and sweet…those are great combos. Great looking recipe!

  18. The sweet with the spicy on this chicken sounds amazing! What a great dinner!

  19. Love sriracha and not in a hipster way! It has a great pepper flavor and not too hot! Can’t wait to try this chicken with the sweet and spicy!!

  20. Chicken thighs are my absolute favorite cut of chicken, and I love the sriracha, brown sugar flavoring on this one! Definitely trying soon!