Sweet Thai Chili Roasted Chicken – 5 Minute Homemade Sauce with Zero Refined Sugar!

Sweet Thai Chili Roasted Chicken – This week has been crazy busy. Yesterday I spent a good part of 5 hours trying to make a traditional mole only to have it poured down the drain. Note to self…red palm oil is disgusting! It made the whole sauce taste like oil and nothing else. I already knew I didn’t like the taste of it but the recipe I was adapting called for a cup of peanut oil. I figured olive wouldn’t work quite right in a Mexican sauce so palm it was. So after combining literally about 20 different mole recipes into my own, I think I’ve got the perfect recipe that takes nowhere near 4 hours and definitely not a cup of oil. Success!

So needless to say we needed a quick fuss-free dinner. Thai Chili Roasted Chicken for the win! I had leftover sauce from last week when I made this for the blog and we definitely didn’t mind having it again. I love the sweet tangy spicy flavor of the sauce and when it gets charred a bit it’s even better. Of course, isn’t everything better with a little char? 

Sweet Thai Chili Roasted Chicken


  • 7 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, minced
  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon tapioca flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Salt, to taste
  • 2 Chicken Legs


  1. In a small pan over medium-high heat bring all the ingredients (except for the chicken legs) to a boil. Once boiling reduce the heat to a simmer and allow it to reduce a bit. Once it’s reached a thick honey-like consistency transfer it to a glass bowl and let it cool.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 and coat chicken in half of the sauce. Roast for 30 minutes and coat with remaining sauce. Roast another 15 minutes until the skin is crispy and the sauce has almost caramelized.

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About the Author: Rachel Michaels

A food photographer and travel blogger from New York City. Rachel's interest in cooking and travel began during her study abroad program in Italy, where she fell in love with Italian cuisine. She now captures the beauty of food and travels through her photography and blog posts.

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