Hot and Sweet Chicken

This Hot and Sweet Chicken is so simple and full of sweet flavor. You can make it as hot or as mild as you'd like. This definitely became a new family favorite at our house this week.

I found this recipe from the Pioneer Woman Cooks.  We eat a lot of chicken around here and really liked this.
I have tried it with drumsticks before, but used chicken tenderloin this time and liked it a lot more (not a big fan of chicken skin).  This was so easy and delicious. Definitely a keeper.
The chicken was juicy and full of flavor, and the texture was perfect. It was the best meal to quickly prepare for a busy night.
If you are in a dinner rut and need some new dinner ideas, I highly recommend trying this Hot and Sweet Chicken (also, it’s not as spicy as the title makes it sound. You can choose how hot you want it).

Could I make this recipe in a slow cooker?

I love using my slow cooker. Especially on those days where I know I won’t be home and my kids will get home late and ask what we are eating for dinner. (Those are the best nights, ya know?)

I always keep ingredients for this recipe on hand. I have never personally made it in the slow cooker, but I am sure it would work great.

If you cook it with thawed chicken in the slow cooker, it will only be about 3-4 hours on low.

If you do frozen chicken, we recommend cooking it on low for about 5 hours.

You could also shred it, and out the chicken back in the slow cooker, to soak up all the extra juices, if it is seeming a little dry.

add more heat:

If you are looking to add more heat to this recipe, you could add a few chopped jalapeños, add red pepper flakes, or add more hot pepper sauce.

We like ours a little more on the mild side, with just a slight hint of heat, but I get some people like to crank the heat up, and dip this chicken in ranch.

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Serves: 4

Hot and Sweet Chicken

10 minPrep Time

45 minCook Time

55 minTotal Time

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  • 1 cup Apricot Preserves
  • 1/2 cup Ketchup
  • 1/4 cup Soy Sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Minced Garlic
  • 2 teaspoons Hot Pepper Sauce
  • 3 pounds Drumsticks (about 12) or Chicken Tenderloins


  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. In a small saucepan, combine preserves, ketchup, soy sauce, garlic and hot pepper sauce. Cook and stir over medium-low heat until preserves are melted.
  3. Arrange chicken in a single layer on a 13 x 9 inch baking pan. Pour sauce over drumsticks, turning to coat. Bake, uncovered, for 40-45 minutes or until chicken is done, spooning sauce over drumsticks while baking. Serves 6.



3201 cal


126 g


251 g


251 g
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