Sticky Chinese chicken traybake

Sticky Chinese chicken traybake

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(78 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 40 mins plus marinating


Serves 4
Flavoured with honey, hoisin sauce and Chinese five-spice, this one-pan chicken dish makes a cheap and easy midweek family meal

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal450
  • fat27g
  • saturates7g
  • carbs19g
  • sugars14g
  • fibre2g
  • protein32g
  • salt1g
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  • 8 chicken thighs, skin on and bone in
  • 4 tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp clear honey
  • 1½ tsp Chinese five-spice powder
  • thumb-sized knob of ginger, grated



    Mainly grown in Jamaica, Africa, India, China and Australia, ginger is the root of the plant. It…

  • 2 garlic cloves, grated
  • bunch spring onions, chopped
    Spring onions

    Spring onion

    sp-ring un-yun

    Also known as scallions or green onions, spring onions are in fact very young onions, harvested…

  • 50g cashew nuts, toasted



    The seeds from the 'Cashew Apple' - a tree which bears bright orange fruit and is native…

  • cooked brown rice, to serve


  1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Arrange the chicken thighs in a large roasting tin and slash the skin 2-3 times on each thigh. Mix together the hoisin, sesame oil, honey, five-spice, ginger, garlic and some seasoning. Pour over the chicken and toss to coat – you could now marinate the chicken for 2 hrs, or overnight if you have time. Roast, skin-side up, for 35 mins, basting at least once.

  2. Stir through the cashew nuts and sprinkle the spring onions over the chicken. Return to the oven for 5 mins, then serve with brown rice.

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lauras89's picture
20th Aug, 2019
Use Blue Dragon hoisin and at least double up the sauce. Quick and tasty!
mrsjroberts's picture
15th Jun, 2019
Great recipe to feed the family! I used a mixture of thighs, drums and breasts to appeal to all of our tastes and tripled the sauce (we love a lot of sauce!) which I simmered on the hob separately at the end to thicken. I served it with rice, broccoli and green beans and there were empty plates all round. Definitely a new family favourite!
9th Jun, 2019
I've only tasted the sauce as I am veggie, but made this for the family and they LOVED it!! It was such a hit, it's been made many times but extra sauce every time.... So simple to make, I love the fact that I can make it before I go to bed and then the following day when the crowd come in from work, they bang on the oven, boil up some rice and it's done and I don't have to rush home to make tea - leisure time at the gym for me - everyone's happy! :)
heatherjdw's picture
11th May, 2019
This can be a hit or a miss, depending on which brand of hoisin sauce that you use. Sharwoods, hoisin a big miss , it results in a dish with very little flavour. Which sadly is a waste of time, money and ingredients. Have made with blue dragon hoisin and dish is flavourful.
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Snap Dragon
6th Feb, 2019
"1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6... "... Pour over the chicken and toss to coat – you could now marinate the chicken for 2 hrs, or overnight if you have time." Probably best not to leave the oven on if you decide to marinate overnight. (Campaign Against Poorly Written Recipe Instructions.)
29th May, 2018
Beautiful recipe. My bf asks for this to be on the weekly menu a lot! We use boneless and skinless chicken thighs and it comes out great. I also add green beans/asparagus about 10 mins from the end too :)
5th Mar, 2018
so delicious! Definitely worth a try, went down a treat with my other half.
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Katie henderson
8th Oct, 2017
Delicious! Great crowd pleaser and so easy. I also threw in some pak choi which worked really well and served with Brian rice and stir fried veg! Very well tasty!
14th Aug, 2017
I don't usually comment but had to sign up for this! Such an easy recipe with the most delicious flavours! I make this all the time now as the whole family including my 4 year old loves it. Used all the ingredients they work perfect together the smell when mixed is lovely! Served with broccoli. Is great the next day as a lunch for the other half at work. Definitely recommend!
13th Mar, 2017
This was absolutely delicious & use will definitely be making again! I left out the cashews & I used chicken breast instead of thighs. I wrapped the chicken in smoked streaky bacon. Cooked for about 15 minutes longer than it said so the sauce went all sticky & dark. So yummy!


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Sukhneet khanna
6th Mar, 2019
Can I go for boneless breasts pieces of chicken instead of thigh pieces?
goodfoodteam's picture
7th Mar, 2019
Thanks for your question. Yes you can use chicken breast. We'd suggest not slashing the skin and cooking for 20 - 25 mins until cooked through.
24th Feb, 2019
Can I ask if the nutrition information for this includes the brown rice? Thanks
goodfoodteam's picture
7th Mar, 2019
Thanks for your question. Our nutritional information does not include items listed either as 'to serve' or 'optional'.
13th May, 2017
If i increase the chicken thighs from 8 to 12 do I have to increase the cooking time? stupid question perhaps but i dont want to poison people
goodfoodteam's picture
22nd May, 2017
Thanks for your question. No, you don't need to increase the cooking time but you may want to increase the amount of marinade to make sure you have enough to coat the chicken. Enjoy!
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