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Throwing the word ‘sticky’ in front of just about any food has the potential to boost its appeal up by approximately 45%.

It’s true. Well…sort of. I kinda made that up. Just a little. Okay, so I made up the whole 45% thing.  But not because I don’t think it’s true, because I definitely could believe that it is. Think about it- foods that are sticky are usually the the types of things that make little messes on our fingers and lips that are good for us to lick and smack up to the last drop. We don’t care if they  make a mess- we’re willing to get down and dirty to enjoy them.

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Some of my favorite sticky foods consist of Snickers candy bars, crunchy peanut butter, honey, syrup, Rice Krispie Treats, caramel, sour gummy worms, sticky buns, Gushers (do they even still make those?), pecan pie-

I can definitely keep going, but you guys get the point.

One thing that I noticed about all those things though, is that they’re all ‘sweet’ things. But don’t think that my 45% Rule of Sticky Food doesn’t apply to savory food. It definitely does.

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Case in point: this dish. Guys- the word ‘sticky’ doesn’t just boost this chicken’s appeal up by 45%. Try doubling that number. And then some. Forget every takeout dish you ever had at your local Chinese restaurant. They don’t matter anymore. God knows I love chicken, but even this exceeded my expectations.

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For those unfamiliar with it, I always think of Hoisin sauce as the Asian version of ketchup or barbecue sauce. It’s quite sweet, but not quite as cloying as say, plum sauce. It’s my favorite ingredient to use when cooking Asian-inspired dishes, and the best part of it is that it has that ‘sticky sauce’ effect.

This recipe in and of itself didn’t create enough sauce for me, so I decided to tweak it a little bit. After the chicken was done baking, I poured off the excess juices that were in the pan into a saucepan, then I made the recipe for a marinade again and added it to the saucepan over high heat with about a tablespoon of corn starch. I let it cook until it began to bubble and thicken to that lovely, sticky consistency I was looking for. After it cooled down, I poured it over the finished chicken.

And voila. Sticky Hoisin Chicken. It was thoroughly enjoyed by yours truly and her family with these Baked Egg Rolls, but it would also go well with Low Carb Lo Mein Noodles. Or by itself- that would work too.


Sticky Hoisin Chicken

Recipe Courtesy of Oprah.com



  • 1/2 cup hoisin sauce
  • 3 tablespoons rice wine or white wine
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic (about 12 small cloves)
  • 4 bone-in skin-on chicken breasts halves (about 3 pounds)


1. In a large bowl, combine hoisin sauce, wine, ketchup, soy sauce and garlic.

2. Trim chicken breasts of any excess fat and place in bowl. Toss to coat and place in refrigerator to marinate, about 10 minutes.

3. Preheat oven to 350°. Cover a jelly roll pan with foil; arrange chicken skin side up, spooning marinade on top. Bake until juices run clear and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center of a breast reads 170°, 40 to 50 minutes.

 Transfer chicken to a platter; serve warm or at room temperature.


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28 thoughts on “Sticky Hoisin Chicken

  1. I looove Hoisin sauce! I use it all the time in my dishes, I really like adding it to soup broth for some extra flavor. Your chicken dish looks amazing, and what a simple and easy meal for a weekday dinner. Love it : )

    P.S. Yes, I definitely do think adding the word sticky to any dish automatically makes it sound that much better 😉

    1. Hey Heather, YES Hoisin is a miracle ingredient when it comes to flavoring all kinds of food. I always like to keep a bottle in the house, if for nothing else, then just for a condiment. Thanks for the compliment, I’m really happy with how this turned out and it really does taste as good as it looks 😉

    1. I HIGHLY recommend it. It’s perfect for a simply dinner, but tastes like something you’d really buy at a Chinese restaurant. Thanks 🙂

      1. Hi Andrea, I’m glad you liked it. As far as the ‘looks’ go, did you make the extra sauce over the stove after the chicken was done? It’s not in the printable recipe, I just talked about it at the end of the post. That’s what really gives it the ‘sticky’ look. If you did, then just keep in mind that I do all my photo shoots in natural light with a Canon point and shoot camera at very carefully chosen angles, then do touch them up afterward with some editing. THANK YOU again for trying the recipe 😉

      2. I did try the extra sauce. My sauce looks a little bit more like hoisin sauce than that nice glaze that you have. But I really love the flavor! I’ll DEFINITELY make this again. I love that the chicken is still very juicy after you bake. =)

  2. Hi – I’ve made sticky chicken wings before ( a big hit with some of my friends). I’ll mix things up slightly and use your recipe. Thank you for sharing.

  3. YUM! I cannot wait to try this. I’m always looking for recipes to substitute for take out, and this one looks perfectly suited for a Chinese food craving.

    1. Thank you again, I agree with Hoisin sauce- anytime I cook anything Asian flavored, I try to find a way to work it into the dish. I just love the sweetness of it 🙂

  4. I am using same ingredients but utilizing boneless chicken thighs and using it as a stir fry dish accompanied by broccoli

  5. My family loved this!!! Made the extra sauce like you said and it was GREAT!!! We’ve already thought of other ways to use the sauce it was so good!! Thanks for a great recipe!!

  6. I love your website name I feel the same about being a foodie. This recipe caught my eye as looking so scrumptuous and tasty and I will cook this tomorrow. I had some chicken thighs in the fridge and saw my hoisin sauce recently purchased I just searched for chicken with hoisin sauce and really loving your food photo and simplicity of the recipe. My mother always cooked asian food as well as other nationality dishes because she loved to cook and probably how I became a foodie. Check out my website foodidiva.com. Thank you. Let me know if I can put your recipe on my website. Keep up the luscious work!

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