Sweet & Spicy Chicken Bites
These chicken bites are both sweet and spicy thanks to a sticky 5-ingredient sauce! Serve over cauliflower or traditional rice and with veggies for an incredible meal or offer them to guests as an appetizer.
These chicken bites have some heat, some sweetness, and boy oh boy just wait until you try this easy sauce!
You’ll only use 5 simple ingredients to create the sauce. It’s surprisingly simple for something that is so addictively delicious. If you lick the remaining sauce off your plate I won’t blame you. I’ll probably be doing it too.
And hey guess what? This entree is completely dairy-free, gluten-free, and Paleo. It’s quick and filled with truly nourishing ingredients. That’s a win to me!
To start, cut your chicken breasts into 1-inch pieces. This will help your chicken cook quickly and evenly.
Then sauté them in little oil so they’re browned but not quite cooked through.
Stir together your sauce ingredients. Pour the sauce (it will be thin at this point) into the skillet with your browned chicken. Let that sauce simmer for five minutes. It will bubble as it thickens and reduces.
That’s it! The finished sauce will be sticky and cling beautifully to each chicken bite. Ahhh it is SO GOOD!
You’re welcome to adjust the heat in this recipe by increasing or decreasing the amount of sriracha you use in the sauce. I personally wouldn’t increase the crushed red pepper flakes though. A little of that goes a very long way!
What if your sauce doesn’t bubble and thicken?
If you’re not seeing a lot of bubbles then you need to crank up that heat, friend. We’re cooking at medium-high heat here. Medium is not enough to thicken the sauce so make sure your temp is high enough.
How to serve these sticky chicken bites?
I recommend serving over steamed cauliflower or traditional rice with a side of roasted veggies. That right there is my idea of a perfect meal!
Thinking of a green side? I recommend my Spicy Roasted Broccoli, Easy Roasted Broccoli, Balsamic Bacon Brussels Sprouts, Garlic Green Beans, Simple Sautéed Cabbage, Roasted Brussels Sprouts, or Roasted Green Beans with Almonds.
Want to add more color to your plate? These Roasted Ranch Veggies will give you your vegetable fix and look so dang pretty. You’ll enjoy these Roasted Parsley Carrots and my Roasted Red Cabbage too.
Thinking of adding some quality carbs to your plate? I recommend my Light & Creamy Mashed Potatoes. If you’re not a mashed potato fan (how dare you) try Easy Seasoned Roasted Potatoes, Easy Diced Air Fryer Potatoes, Skillet Breakfast Potatoes, Smashed & Roasted Italian Potatoes, Baked Herb Potato Rounds, or Cinnamon Pecan Sweet Potato Rounds.
You can totally serve this chicken as an appetizer as well! Just be sure to keep it warm!
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Sweet & Spicy Chicken Bites
- 1 1/2 tbsp olive or avocado oil
- 1 1/2 lbs chicken breasts, skinless, boneless, cut into 1-inch pieces
- 1/2 tsp chili powder
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
Sweet & Spicy Sauce
- 6 tbsp coconut aminos
- 3 tbsp honey
- 1 tbsp sriracha
- 1 tsp garlic, minced
- 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
- Add oil to skillet. Heat on medium high. Once oil is hot, add your chicken pieces. Season with chili powder, garlic powder, and salt. Stir. Sauté for 4 to 5 minutes uncovered, flipping occasionally. Chicken should have some browning on the outside and will be close to cooked through when done.
- Meanwhile, stir together coconut aminos, honey, sriracha, minced garlic, and crushed red pepper flakes in a medium bowl. Taste. If it's not hot enough for your liking add one extra teaspoon of sriracha (I always do!).
- Pour sauce into skillet with chicken. (Sauce will be thin at this point.) Let it all simmer (sauce will get bubbly) on medium-high heat for 4 to 5 minutes or until sauce has thickened and chicken is completely cooked through.
27 Comments on “Sweet & Spicy Chicken Bites”
Omg. This was so delicious and flavorful. Will definitely be making over and over. Thought about adding broccoli just for fun!!! Yummmmmmnn
Cannot say enough good things about this recipe. My husband wants it like once a week. It’s so easy and so full of flavor. I love it!!!!
That is so great to hear! Glad ya’ll are enjoying it!
Amazing flavor profile!! Thanks for creating a great recipe Christina.
I followed the recipe exactly BUT the sauce never thickened to become sticky! Any recommendations to make this happen next time?
There will definitely be another try in the very near future and I will double it next time to have leftovers. 🙂
Quick, easy, full of delicious flavor! It passed my “picky eaters” approval! My husband wanted all the extra sauce on his chicken! (I didn’t have siracha because my family doesn’t like spicy, so I used buffalo sauce.)
Thank you Christina for another great weeknight meal – I served it with coconut sticky rice, cucumbers and raw carrots 🙂 and I will put this on repeat in the rotation!
My family LOVES this recipe! We love spicy food and this definitely hits the spot. We cook this meal at least twice a month. It honestly would probably be more often, but we don’t want to ever get tired of it 🙂 We usually serve it with roasted broccoli and brown rice/cauli rice. You won’t be sorry you tried it!
That honey and sriracha mixture is just so good, right??? Love that ya’ll are making this one so often!
Very tasty. Going to make this more often
Thank you! Happy you enjoyed it!
This is my favorite recipe. I have made this at least once every week. I saw it posted on instagram and made it that same day. It taste amazing. The perfect balance of sweet and heat. Also it is a great quick meal.
Oh I am so very happy to hear that! It’s hard to beat that honey and sriracha together!! Thank you so much for your kind words!
This was so good!! Made it with cauliflower mash and stir fry veggies and it was a top notch dinner the whole family loved! Thanks for sharing such a tasty and easy to follow recipe 😊
I made this for dinner tonight. It was really good. My husband liked the “flavor profile” and my 2 1/2 yr old ate it. That is a win for our house. I will add more sriracha next time.
Such an amazing, simple meal! My whole family loved it and has already asked when I will make it again!
Made this for meal prep. So flavorful and easy to make!
Tried this for dinner tonight. It was a hit, especially with my husband! His exact quote was, “Next time make more of this, I could eat it all day.” 🙂
Question: if I don’t have coconut aminos can I use liquid aminos I have. It’s just a soy sauce substitute right?
You can but it may have a saltier and stronger taste.
I have made this recipe multiple times minus the Coconut Aminos and only used a pinch of salt instead of the 1/2 tsp. I have made it with both chicken and pork. It is has been exceptional every time.
This recipe was easy and so delicious!!! My family loves the sweet and spicy chicken bites. I was blown away by how simple you made this and how much flavor burst out of it. Do you have any recipes for orange chicken or even sweet and sour??
Made this tonight and it is so good! Will definitely make again. Added extra garlic (garlic lover here!), extra sriracha and a little extra crushed red pepper. Have made several of your recipes and they all are SO GREAT! Love having so many tasty healthy recipes at my fingertips. Thank you! =)
You called us the recipe it sucks it just tells you what to do there’s no measurements nothing get with the program
Hi, Katt. The ingredient list with exact measurements and instructions are in the recipe card. Have an amazing day!
What are coconut aminos? I Googled it and nothing came up.
Hi! There should be lots of info online including a post on my website. You can find it here: https://thewholecook.com/what-is-coconut-aminos/
Can I make this ahead and freeze
I wouldn’t recommend it for this particular recipe.