Sweet Chili Chicken

Here is my Sweet Chili Chicken recipe, a delightful and fried chicken dish drizzled with a homemade sweet chili sauce, served with fresh sliced bell peppers! Why make it? Because it’s a mouthwatering, homemade alternative that allows you to savor real, fresh ingredients in the comfort of your kitchen. Plus, you’ll save money while creating a delicious meal that’s sure to please your taste buds!

Sweet chili chicken served on a white plate with a pair of chopsticks top down shot.

Why I Love This Recipe

I absolutely love this Sweet Chili Chicken recipe because it’s a delightful take on Chinese cuisine, inspired by Panda Express, just like my Honey Walnut Shrimp and Black Pepper Chicken recipes! It revolves around tender fried chicken, coated in a homemade batter, and bathed in a simple yet incredibly flavorful sweet chili sauce. What’s remarkable is that it’s made with real ingredients, putting you in control, and free from additives!

It’s a filling and bold choice for lunch or dinner, offering a blend of sweet and spicy flavors, enveloping juicy chicken. This recipe is for anyone eager to recreate Panda Express-style Sweet Chili Chicken at home, using fresh, natural ingredients from scratch. Get ready to savor the bold flavors and enjoy a fantastic meal made with real, natural ingredients!

Ingredients

Ingredients

  • Chicken – boneless and skinless chicken breast.
  • Flour  all purpose flour for baking. Use Almond Flour for a low carb recipe.
  • Parmesan Cheese – grated.
  • Eggs – beaten well.
  • Sparkling Water – club soda, soda water, carbonated water.
  • Deep Frying Oil – use preferred frying oil.
  • Bell Peppers – sliced, about 1/2 of a bell pepper.
  • Green Onion – finely chopped green onion scallions.
  • Toasted Sesame Seeds – optional garnish.
  • Sweetener – use your preferred sweetener.
  • Sriracha – Asian style chill sauce.
  • Ketchup – regular ketchup. Can use Sugar Free Ketchup for a low-carb sauce.
  • Garlic Powder – granulated or finely ground.
  • Thickener – corn starch slurry, Xanthan Gum for low carb, or thickener of choice.

🍗 Chicken Note

You can substitute with Chicken Thigh if that’s your preference.

Sweet chili sauce in a glass bowl.

Essential Kitchen Equipment

Directions

Step 1 Prepare the chili sauce by combining water, sweetener, sriracha, ketchup, garlic powder, and your choice of thickener in a saucepan. Simmer and cook until the sauce thickens.

Sweet chili sauce in a sauce pan.

🥄 Corn Starch Slurry Pro Tip

If using Corn Starch Slurry as a thickener, prepare a mixture of 1 Tablespoon of Corn Starch and 2 Tablespoons of Water in a mixing bowl. Gradually add this mixture to your sauce until it reaches the desired thickness.

Step 2 Next, prepare the batter by using a hand mixer to mix flour, grated Parmesan cheese, eggs, and sparkling water. Place the cubed chicken in the batter to coat it evenly.

Chicken coated with batter for deep frying.

🌀 Whisking Pro Tip

For optimal results, it is recommended to use a Hand Mixer when preparing the batter. Although whisking by hand is possible, utilizing a hand mixer will create an airy and fluffier coating.

Step 3 In a deep skillet or pot, heat cooking oil up to temperature. Add the coated chicken and deep-fry for 1-2 minutes per side until it turns golden brown. Once done frying, transfer the chicken to a drying rack.

Chicken being deep fried.

🍳 Deep Frying Pro Tip

For the best frying results, it’s advisable to use a Deep Saucepan or Pot to prevent splattering on the stovetop. Ensure that the oil reaches a temperature of 375°F Before Frying, and Avoid Overcrowding the pan. Overcrowding can cause the oil temperature to drop, preventing the chicken from achieving the desired crispiness.

Step 4 In a large deep skillet or wok coated with cooking oil, stir-fry the sliced bell peppers on high heat until they become tender.

Sliced bell pepper in a wok.

Step 5 Add the fried chicken to the skillet and pour in the sweet chili sauce. Toss everything together until it’s well combined and transfer to a serving plate.

Sweet chili chicken in a wok.

🍛 Garnishing Pro Tip

Garnish your dish with Toasted Sesame Seeds and finely Chopped Green Onions. These toppings not only enhance the visual appeal but also add a delightful flavor and texture.

Pairing Recommendations

Start with a classic Chinese style Egg Drop Soup. For a satisfying side, pair it with Vegetable Fried Rice or your preferred rice dish. To add some greens, serve it with Baby Bok Choy Stir Fry or Garlic Kale Stir Fry for a complete meal!

Sweet chili chicken cooked in a wok before being served.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I prepare the batter in advance and fry the chicken later?

The batter for this recipe is best used right after making it. If you leave it sitting too long, the flour will absorb the liquid and start to become very thick.

Are there any gluten-free alternatives for the batter?

Yes, you can use almond flour as an alternative to make a gluten-free batter.

How do I prevent the chicken from becoming soggy after adding the sweet chili sauce?

While the chicken won't get soggy, it's not supposed to be as crispy as fried chicken. That's the way this dish is designed to be prepared.

 

Sweet chili chicken served on a white plate with a pair of chopsticks top down shot.

Storage Tips

To store leftovers, place them in an airtight container in the fridge. They will remain fresh for 3-5 days. When reheating, use a microwave.

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Sweet chili chicken being picked up with a pair of chopsticks.

Sweet Chili Chicken

Discover the perfect Sweet Chili Chicken recipe inspired by Panda Express. Enjoy the delicious taste of homemade sweet chili sauce in this Asian-inspired dish.
5 from 7 votes
Course: Appetizer, Lunch, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: sweet chili chicken recipe, sweet chili sauce panda express
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 2
Print Recipe
Calories: 461kcal

Ingredients

Chicken

Stir Fry

Sauce

  • 1/4 Cup Water
  • 2 tbsp Sweetener your preferred sweetener
  • 2 tsp Sriracha
  • 1 tbsp Ketchup use sugar-free ketchup for a low-carb sauce
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/8 tsp Xanthan Gum or thickener of choice

Instructions

  • Gather all the ingredients.
    Ingredients for sweet chili chicken.
  • Chop chicken breast into bite size cubes as shown below and set aside.
    Cubed chicken.
  • Chop green onions, slice bell peppers as shown below and set aside.
    Sliced bell peppers.
  • In a stove top pot, make the sauce by adding in water, sweetener, Sriracha, ketchup and garlic powder. Bring to a soft boil, mix in Xanthan Gum and then remove from heat. Continue to mix until Xanthan Gum is completely dissolved and set aside.
    Sweet chili sauce in a sauce pan.
  • Prepare batter by combining flour, grated Parmesan cheese, eggs and Sparkling Water. Use a hand/stand mixer to mix (you can hand whisk, but the batter won't be as airy).
    Batter for deep frying sweet chili chicken.
  • Transfer the bite size chicken into the batter mix a piece at a time, mix well ensuring an even coat, and transfer to a holding plate.
    Chicken coated with batter for deep frying.
  • Pour enough cooking oil to cover the chicken into cookware of choice and heat oil up to 375F. Note - it's very important for the oil to be up to temp, otherwise, the batter will come off.
    Oil for deep frying.
  • Once up to heat, reduce heat to medium, carefully add coated chicken and cook for 1-2 minutes per side or until golden brown. Once done, transfer the chicken to a drying rack. Note - do not overcrowd when deep frying, otherwise the oil temperature will drop outside of ideal deep frying range.
    Chicken being deep fried.
  • In a large frying pan or Wok, add neutral cooking oil and bring up to temp on high heat. Once up to temp, add in sliced bell peppers and cook for 1-2 minutes or until desired tenderness is reached.
    Sliced bell pepper in a wok.
  • Next add in fried chicken, chopped green onions and pour sauce from step 4). Mix well until coated and transfer to a serving plate. Top with Toasted Sesame Seeds.
    Sweet chili chicken in a wok.

Nutrition

Calories: 461kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 57g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 153mg | Sodium: 564mg | Potassium: 934mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 961IU | Vitamin C: 39mg | Calcium: 141mg | Iron: 2mg
*Values Based Per Serving
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