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Sticky Lemon Chicken

Chicken pieces with sticky lemon sauce served over rice. Sweetness and stickiness comes from the honey in the sauce.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Chinese
Keyword chicken, honey, lemon, sticky
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Resting Time 5 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 468kcal


  • 9"x13" Ovenproof baking dish
  • Small saucepan


  • 4-6 chicken pieces I used drumsticks
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large shallot finely minced
  • 2 cloves garlic finely minced
  • Juice of two lemons about ¼ cup
  • 1 hot chile finely chopped (I used a Thai chili, but you could substitute crushed red pepper flakes)
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3-4 tablespoons honey
  • 2 cups cooked rice


  • Pat chicken pieces dry and place in a glass baking dish. Leave space between pieces. Chicken will brown better if the pieces are not touching.
  • Brush olive oil over the chicken and move the chicken around in the oil to coat each piece. Place the chicken in a preheated 350-degree oven to start cooking while you prepare the sauce.
  • Add the remaining olive oil (1-1.5 tablespoons) into a small saucepan and heat over low heat.
  • Add the shallot, garlic, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and red chili flakes. Cook over low heat, stirring frequently for 5 minutes.
  • Remove saucepan from heat and let cool for 5 minutes.
  • Add the honey and stir to combine.
  • Remove the chicken from the oven and pour the sauce over the chicken. Brush to cover evenly.
  • Continue baking for a total of 50 minutes or until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165 degrees F. Baste the chicken with the sauce midway through the cook time. Do not flip the chicken pieces over.
  • Remove the chicken from the oven and allow it to rest for 5 minutes before serving for maximum stickiness. Spoon the sauce over hot rice.


Calories: 468kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 87mg | Sodium: 375mg | Potassium: 283mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 170IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 1mg