5-Ingredient Sweet & Spicy Chicken Tenders w/ Honey + Sriracha

There’s something so freeing about a healthy, reliable, stupid-easy dinner.

5 Ingredient Sweet & Spicy Chicken Tenders w/ Honey + Sriracha

Having a slew of tried and true dinners ready at your fingertips is always a smart idea, and this is exactly one of those dishes. As an avid cook, food lover, and generally hungry human being, there are obviously times when all I want to do is cook something fantastically innovative, insanely complicated, or just down-right difficult. But most days I’m craving quick-fix solutions that keep me fed, full, and feeling lean, and that’s why I’ve come to rely on these delightful chicken tenders – 5 ingredients, 45 minutes, and dinner is served.

5 Ingredient Sweet & Spicy Chicken Tenders w/ Honey + Sriracha

5 Ingredient Sweet & Spicy Chicken Tenders w/ Honey + Sriracha

From the lack of fussy ingredients to the wonderfully mindless preparation, this should absolutely be one of your go-to meals. Simply salt & pepper the chicken, whisk together a sauce of tomato paste, sriracha, brown sugar (organic!), and honey, smother the seasoned chicken with sauce, and bake! That’s as complicated as this gets.

5 Ingredient Sweet & Spicy Chicken Tenders w/ Honey + Sriracha

5 Ingredient Sweet & Spicy Chicken Tenders w/ Honey + Sriracha

I’m partial to sweet and spicy flavors because the combination of the two creates such depth and dichotomy, even something as mundane as boneless, skinless chicken tenders all of a sudden feels exciting and new. The trick is to balance the two competing flavors optimally, so that in one single bite you’re treated to a rush of spice, then a barrage of sweetness, and finally a hint of mellow heat. Done properly the taste is truly outstanding, and that’s exactly what this dinner delivers. The sauce (marinade? whatever.) is fairly thick, creating a regal-red cloak that drapes over the chicken to the point that it practically disappears – That’s okay! By literally suffocating the tenders in saucey sexiness, you end up with crazy moist + flavorful results that’ll make you a believer at first bite.

5 Ingredient Sweet & Spicy Chicken Tenders w/ Honey + Sriracha

5 Ingredient Sweet & Spicy Chicken Tenders w/ Honey + Sriracha

If tomato paste isn’t hanging around your pantry — It should be, but I digress — ketchup can be substituted here, though that will add a lot of sugar to the recipe and throw the sweet/spicy equilibrium out of balance, so only do this if necessary. And as you might have assumed, this can easily be scaled down to feed just two (cut the recipe in half), or doubled or tripled as needed. If you feed this to a crowd, pair it with some bacon-wrapped asparagus and a side of ‘mashed – You’ll get raves from everyone, guaranteed.

5 Ingredient Sweet & Spicy Chicken Tenders w/ Honey + Sriracha

And what else? Not a damn thang.

Make it, eat it, rinse & repeat it.

5-Ingredient Sweet & Spicy Chicken Tenders w/ Honey + Sriracha

Ingredients:

  • 1 lbs Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast Tenders
  • a few pinches of Salt & Pepper
  • 1/2 cup Tomato Paste (a little less than one 6oz can)
  • 3 tbsps Water
  • 2 – 3 tbsps Sriracha
  • 2 tbsps Brown Sugar (I prefer dark)
  • 2 tbsps Honey
  • Diced Scallions to garnish (optional)
  • Cooking spray to grease

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 425F. Lightly grease baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. On cutting board amply salt and pepper chicken tenders on either side, then transfer to greased baking dish.  Next, in mixing bowl combine the tomato paste, water, sriracha*, brown sugar, and honey, whisking until smooth — If you’re sensitive to spice, use just 2 tbsps of sriracha at first, then add more if you’d like.
  3. Pour marinade over chicken until the tenders are completely covered — It will look as if they’ve disappeared, but that’s okay! The marinade is fairly thick. Bake for 30 – 35 minutes until chicken is cooked through, then immediately plate and serve, garnishing with diced scallions if desired.

>> The tomato paste + water can be substituted with 1/2 cup Ketchup

* Use 2 tbsps Sriracha at first, then add another if you’d like more spice

 

5 Ingredient Sweet & Spicy Chicken Tenders w/ Honey + Srirachaso good.

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