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sweet and spicy chicken drumettes garnished with green onion and cilantro

One-Pan Sweet & Spicy Chicken

This one-pan sweet & spicy chicken tastes good. The chicken is coated in the most surprisingly simple and addictively delicious sauce.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Marinating time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories per serving: 342kcal
Author: Tu


  • 1 lb chicken drumettes or chicken wings
  • ¼ c vegetable oil for frying

Marinade mixture

Sweet & spicy sauce



  • 1 tbsp green onion chopped
  • 1 tbsp cilantro chopped


  • In a mixing bowl, put chicken drumettes and marinade mixture together. Mix until everything is well incorporated. Let the chicken marinate for at least 15 minutes.
  • In a large measuring cup, whisk together all sauce ingredients to combine. Set aside for later use.
  • In a small bowl, mix slurry ingredients together.
  • Add vegetable oil to a large skillet, heat over medium-high heat.
  • Once the oil is hot, add chicken and fry until they become light golden, approximately 4 minutes on each side.
  • Once the chicken is done cooking, use a spoon to take out & discard any excess oil in the pan. Then slowly add the sweet & spicy sauce to the pan.
  • Then lower the heat to medium and let the whole pan simmer for 15-20 minutes, or the sauce reduces by half. Turn each chicken piece to coat them thoroughly with sauce.
  • Carefully stir the slurry into the pan. When the sauce becomes thickening, turn off the heat.
  • Remove the pan from the stove, and garnish with chopped green onion and cilantro.
  • Serve immediately with hot bowls of steamed rice.


  • The slurry can be optional if the sauce is already thick enough for you after reduction.
  • Besides drumettes, wings or thighs can also be used in this recipe. If you decide to use substitution, beware of cooking time. Chicken wings might take the same time to finish, but chicken thighs might take longer to cook.


Calories: 342kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 12gFat: 24gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 10gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 47mgSodium: 298mgPotassium: 212mgFiber: 1gSugar: 17gVitamin A: 166IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 26mgIron: 1mg