My mom’s easiest Sticky Chicken

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Sticky Chicken

I remember eating this chicken as a child, wondering how on earth my mom managed to make the most delicious chicken on earth when she was only in the kitchen for around 10 minutes. I loved how the glaze would stick to my fingers and I had to lick my fingers to get it off. When I say this is sticky, I mean it’s REALLY sticky. And you would never guess which ingredients have been used to make the glaze. I thought my mom was quite the visionary at first but then realised that this is a very popular way to cook chicken. In South Africa, at least.

Sticky Chicken

When I first tried her recipe around a month ago, I was dead certain that it wouldn’t work. After all, who could guess that mayonnaise, chutney and lemon juice could create a bake-in sauce that would result in the most delicious, easiest chicken? But I trusted my mom’s recipe and went ahead. When I opened the oven, I was met with gloriously golden, sticky chicken and I have to say it again, it was absolutely scrumptious.

Sticky Chicken

The twins gobbled it up eating 3 drumsticks each! C (who doesn’t like chicken, by the way) lapped it up and I’ve been making it every week since then. When my dad first tasted it, he was so chuffed that I had recreated my mom’s tried-and-tested chicken.

Sticky Chicken

I can guarantee that you will not have a single piece of chicken left when making this. And this is, most definitely, the easiest chicken recipe I’ve ever made. You stir the ingredients together, tip it over the chicken and pop it into the oven. I served the chicken with steamed broccoli tossed in lemon juice and olive oil and super sweet mielies (sweetcorn). A great mid-week meal.

Sticky Chicken

My mom's easiest Sticky Chicken
 
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Recipe type: Dinner, Chicken,
Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 1 cup tangy mayonnaise (shop bought)
  • 1 cup peach chutney (I use Mrs Balls chutney)
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • pinch of salt
  • ¼ cup water
  • 8 chicken pieces (I used drumsticks and thighs)
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180°c.
  2. Place the chicken in an oven-proof baking dish.
  3. Whisk together the mayonnaise, chutney, lemon juice, salt and water and pour over the chicken.
  4. Place in the oven and allow to bake for 30-45 minutes until the chicken is golden brown and the sauce is sticky. (I spoon some of the sauce over the chicken at the 20 minutes mark.)
  5. Remove from the oven and serve.
 

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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  • http://damndelicious.net/ Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

    I love how easy this is to make!

  • Vi Vian Woo

    amazing pictures on the blog. i love chicken and would definitely try this out. Sweet and sticky ? What’s not to like. Thank you for sharing..

  • http://simply-delicious-food.com/ Alida Ryder

    Only a pleasure!

  • http://simply-delicious-food.com/ Alida Ryder

    So glad you liked it Jackie!

  • http://simply-delicious-food.com/ Alida Ryder

    The lemon adds a lovely tang!

  • http://simply-delicious-food.com/ Alida Ryder

    Slee, that’s completely possible!

  • Nina

    I’m making this dish for the first time today. I couldn’t find peach chutney though so I got mango chutney instead. I hope it works out well!

    • http://simply-delicious-food.com/ Alida Ryder

      I’m sure Mango chutney will work just fine Nina! I hope you enjoy it!

  • Sydney

    Hi! I’m wondering if there is a way to make tangy mayo in case I can’t find it in stores? Thanks!

    • http://simply-delicious-food.com/ Alida Ryder

      Sydney, as long as you don’t buy salad cream (Miracle Whip style mayo) you should be fine.

  • Miamimyamy

    Is this for real? it’s brilliant!! Thanks for sharing.

  • http://simply-delicious-food.com/ Alida Ryder

    All ovens vary so it’s always a good idea to get to know yours and it’s completely fine to bake the chicken for longer. As long as the chicken was delicious after! :)

  • http://simply-delicious-food.com/ Alida Ryder

    I normally just serve it with a salad or some steamed broccoli.

  • kat

    Any issues with taking the skin off when baking it? Would the instructions be the same? We try to avoid eating chicken skin for health reasons.

    • http://simply-delicious-food.com/ Alida Ryder

      Kat, the end result won’t be the same but you can use skinless chicken if you prefer.

  • Ruth

    What kind of mayonnaise did you buy?

    • http://simply-delicious-food.com/ Alida Ryder

      I used a tangy mayonnaise.

  • http://simply-delicious-food.com/ Alida Ryder

    So very glad you love this recipe so much Corinne! x

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