Candied Chicken is a no-brainer, easy weeknight meal! It comes together quickly and is perfectly sweet and delicious served over rice.
The kids got another snow day last week. They were so ecstatic to be able to stay home and play all day in the snow again. I have to admit, I didn’t think they’d get any snow days this season, judging by how it started out. But we’ve ended up getting some much-needed moisture. Thank goodness!
So while they played outside, I stayed in, wearing my cozy pj’s and slippers and made yummy food. I remembered that I had this yummy recipe that was given to me years ago by a friend, for Candied Chicken. She’d brought it to us after I’d had a baby. I begged her for the recipe. It’s so delicious! And I think you’ll find that it’s simple to prepare too.
Just stir up the sauce ingredients, then cut up your chicken, pour flour over the top and toss, then brown in oil. Next, Put the chicken pieces in a 9″x13″ pan, pour the sauce over the top and bake just until done. This doesn’t take very long, since you’ve already browned it and it’s mostly cooked already. I love easy meals like this!
It’s called Candied Chicken because the sauce is sweet and tasty! It reminds me of orange chicken, except without the orange flavor. If you want to embellish upon this recipe, you could add cashews or vegetables. We topped it with Sriracha sauce and it was a perfect complement!
My family went wild for it. They’re already asking when I’ll make it again. My oldest daughter said it’s her new favorite meal. 🙂 I think it’s safe to say this dinner was a slam dunk! If you’re a fan of easy and delicious chicken dinners, you’ll want to also try this Creamy Tuscan Chicken Pasta Skillet Meal, this Chicken Noodle Bake, and this Slow Cooker Creamy Chicken and Rice.
This is a meal that everyone will ask for again and again! I’m going to put it on the regular meal rotation. I can’t believe it took me so long to make it after my friend gave me the recipe. I know you’re going to love it too! If you’re short on time and want to still be able to enjoy a yummy, homemade meal, this is it!
I say it a lot, but I believe that magic happens when families are gathered around the table for dinner together. For a few moments, they can connect, communicate and make memories to last a life time. The meal doesn’t need to be complicated or expensive, but it’s about making the time come together and share a meal. Life is so busy and chaotic, but it is possible to set aside 30 minutes or so to make a warm meal that will bring the family together.
- 4-5 Chicken Breasts
- 1 1/2 c. brown sugar packed
- 1/4 c. prepared yellow mustard
- 1/2 c. ketchup
- 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
- 1/4 c. diced yellow onion
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 3/4 c. water
- To brown the chicken:
- 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
- 1/3 c. vegetable oil
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and lightly spray a 9"x13" pan with nonstick cooking spray.
- Cut chicken breasts into bite-sized pieces. Place in a large bowl.
- In a separate bowl, stir together brown sugar, mustard, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, diced yellow onion, salt and water.
- Add a little bit of water to the bowl of chicken (just enough to wet the chicken pieces). Drain excess. Sprinkle flour over, a little bit at a time, lightly tossing the chicken in between, to coat all the pieces with flour. You don't need to use all of the flour, unless it's needed.
- Pour the oil into a large skillet over the stove top on high heat. Let the oil heat for a minute or two, then add half the chicken pieces. Allow it to brown on one side, then flip and let it brown on the other side. Place the browned chicken in the prepared 9"x13" pan. Repeat the process for the second batch of chicken, then add it to the 9"x13" pan. Spread it out evenly.
- Pour the sauce over the chicken, cover the pan with foil and allow it to bake for approximately 15-20 minutes, or just until the chicken is completely cooked. Stir the chicken halfway through.
- Serve over rice.