Chilli chicken recipe

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Chicken thighs are as cheap as chips and here's how to make them juicy on the inside and crispy on the outside with our sweet, chilli marinade. We've got more chicken recipes

Preparation Time20 mins (including 15 mins marinating time)
Cooking Time15 mins (may need 5 mins longer)
Total Time35 mins
Cost RangeCheap

Chicken thighs are as cheap as chips. Here's how to make them sweet, hot and juicy whether you oven cook or barbecue them.


  • 1kg or 8 small boneless
  • , with skin on
  • 100g honey
  • 100g hot chilli sauce (try Mr. Singh's Hot Punjabi Chilli Sauce)
  • 100g balsamic vinegar
  • 2tbsp olive oil
  • Mixed salad leaves, to serve

You'll also need:

  • Large mixing bowl
  • Large oven-proof roasting pan




  1. Preheat oven to 200°C/400°F/gas 6
  2. Add the hot chilli sauce to a large bowl.
  3. Add in the honey and balsamic vinegar and mix well.
  4. Add the chicken to the bowl, coating it well with the marinade. Allow to marinate for 15 mins.
  5. Give the base of the roasting pan a light coat of olive oil. Place the chicken on the roasting pan and cook in the oven for 15-20 mins or cook it on the barbecue until perfectly cooked.
  6. Serve hot with mixed salad leaves.
Top Tip for making Chilli chicken

Tips for cooking our chilli chicken recipe on the barbecue: Light the coals in plenty of time. It's best to wait for the coals to turn grey before starting to cook, which takes about 30 minutes. Then cook the chicken over a medium heat for about 15 mins, turning them regularly, and brushing over any extra marinade.


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