Indian Sticky Chicken

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Sticky Indian Chicken

I saw a clip of Jamie Oliver cooking his “Sticky-Kicking chicken” online a week ago and just loved the teqnique he used for getting maximum flavour out of a humble little chicken thigh. Jamie rubs the thighs with Chinese 5-spice and then fries it in a hot pan until cooked and finally adds some sweet chilli sauce to the pan to create a delicious, sticky chicken. I loved this idea and decided to make it for dinner a few nights ago. The only problem was that I didn’t have any 5-spice in the house but decided to use a fragrant Garam Masala and honey instead.


This is a perfect family-style meal which I served with a mixed salad with lots of yellow tomatoes, radishes and feta cheese and some roasted red-skin baby potatoes. Ridiculously easy and absolutely delicious!


Indian Sticky Chicken
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Recipe type: Chicken
Serves: 4
  • 8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 2 tablespoons Garam Masala
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup runny honey
  • juice of 1 lemon
  1. On a sheet of baking paper, sprinkle the Garam Masala, paprika and salt and rub the chicken in the rub until its well covered.
  2. Heat a non-stick pan and add a tablespoon of olive oil. Fry the chicken until golden brown and cooked through.
  3. Add the honey and lemon juice and allow to caramelise for a minute.
  4. Serve with salad and new potatoes.


Alida Ryder
Alida Ryder
Being a general food freak has proven to be quite helpful in this career I've found myself in. Author of two cookbooks, photographer, food stylist. Mom to twins. Ex make-up and hair artist obsessed with beautiful clothes and spaces. I love a good G&T and I've been known to spend too much money on shoes.
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  • Aninas Recipes

    Wow, this really does sound super easy! Have to give it a try!

    • Alida Ryder

      It is ridiculously easy!

  • Wynand Van Ellewee

    Mmmm….it looks SO delicious!

    • Alida Ryder

      Thanks Wynand!

  • Nickie Bennett

    Looks amazing and your photography is exquisite!

    • Alida Ryder

      Thank you so much Nickie!

  • Colette

    Guess what’s for dinner tonight?!

    • Alida Ryder

      Colette, hope you liked it!

      • Colette

        It was fabulous. I gave a copy of the recipe to my sister!

        • Alida Ryder

          So glad you liked it Colette!

  • mivo

    are you leaving the chicken in the pan as you add the honey and lemon or putting it all in a bowl & mixing?

    • Alida Ryder

      Yep, leave the chicken in so it can go lovely and sticky.

  • Memoria

    I thought I had left a comment here! I made this chicken dish about 2 weeks ago, and it was unbelievable! I plan to make it again very soon.

    • Alida Ryder

      So glad you liked it!

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  • Alida Ryder

    Thanks Shari!

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  • Yolanda

    Have you done a pre rub with the chicken? I’am planning on rubbing the chicken down with the spices and letting it sit in the fridge until dinner time! Here’s to our boys loving some sticky chicken! They love tikka Marsala when I make it hopefully they ‘ll love a similar tone!

    • Alida Ryder

      You can definitely do that Yolanda. Hope they like it!

  • Bitsy

    I’d like to make the sticky chicken, but as an experienced cook, I never heard of Garam marsala or turbinado sugar. Could you tell me what they are and where to find them.

    • Alida Ryder

      Bitsy, Garam Masala is an indian spice mix. You can use any masala or spice mix for this. I’m not sure where you read turbinado sugar as this isn’t used in this recipe?

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