Sticky citrus chicken with carrots & cashews

Sticky citrus chicken with carrots & cashews

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(22 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 1 hr


Serves 4
Ditch the takeaway and try a traybake full of delicious Chinese flavours instead. It takes just minutes to throw together this alternative sweet and sour chicken dish

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal550
  • fat30g
  • saturates7g
  • carbs39g
  • sugars36g
  • fibre6g
  • protein31g
  • salt1.4g


  • 8 chicken thighs
  • 300-400g baby carrots
  • 2 onions, cut into thick round slices



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  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil
    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil is made from pressing sunflower seeds and extracting the oil. It's usually…

  • 50g roasted cashew



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

  • small pack coriander leaves, to serve
  • boiled jasmine rice, to serve

For the glaze

  • 100g clear honey
  • 4 tbsp hot chilli sauce
  • zest 1 lime, plus 4 tbsp juice (about 2 limes)



    The same shape, but smaller than…

  • zest ½ orange, plus 2 tbsp juice



    One of the best-known citrus fruits, oranges aren't necessarily orange - some varieties are…

  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • 2 balls stem ginger, finely chopped, plus 1 tbsp syrup


  1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Toss the chicken thighs, carrots, onions and oil in a big, shallow roasting tin with some seasoning. Roast for 30 mins.

  2. Meanwhile, whisk together the glaze ingredients. Drizzle all over the chicken and veg, then roast for another 15 mins.

  3. Scatter over the cashews, mix everything together well, then roast for a further 15 mins until the chicken is browned, tender and sticky. Scatter over some coriander and serve with the boiled rice.

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21st May, 2014
Delicious, sticky, sweet, spicy. Ate it with soy and sesame veg. No complaints.
15th Apr, 2014
Disappointed! The carrots were like bullets and the sauce far too bitter! I followed the recipe exactly; won't be making again :(
31st Jan, 2014
This is one of those recipes that sounds yummy on paper but unfortunately a let down when you actually make it. The whole was too dry to have with just rice as the sauce is too thick and gooey at the end..... Shame as it could have been so good. Just needs some refinement.
5th Jan, 2014
This is certainly a nice, easy recipe, though even with my sweet tooth, it definitely needs less sweetness. Perhaps the amount of honey could be reduced, I will try doing that next time.
25th Oct, 2013
Far too sweet! Could not eat this meal,very disappointing.
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25th Oct, 2013
This did taste lovely, the carrots & onions went squishy & sticky, yum! The only problem was that there was quite a bit of fat and not a huge amount of sauce. Will definitely try again, recommend that you give it a try too.
25th Oct, 2013
I was somewhat disappointed by this. The taste was fine but somehow it generated too much liquid to go truly sticky (until the left overs went cold). Not in a hurry to try again
24th Oct, 2013
This recipe was very easy to cook, and absolutely delicious. I will definitely be making it again.
18th Oct, 2013
Really great recipe, very easy to create. It's full of flavour.
14th Oct, 2013
I made this with a full pack of Quorn chicken pieces and there's no way it would feed 4 people. If you want to feed 4 double all the veg.


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