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balinese chicken thighs in a plate with sauce

Easy One-Pot Sticky Chicken Recipe

  • Author: Elena Elliott
  • Total Time: 40
  • Yield: 4-6 serves 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


This Easy One-Pot Sticky Chicken is sweet, juicy, and tender. It is so comforting and delicious that you will have to add it to your weekly rotation. Gluten-free of course.


  • 6 chicken steaks (thighs with bone and skin on)
  • 4 small shallots, finely diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, grated or pressed
  • 3 cm ginger, grated
  • 1 cup of coconut/almond milk (Hello Nutty Bruce, for those who are in Oz, but you can use regular coconut milk too)
  • 7 tbsp of kecap manis (don’t use the store-bought one, recipe below)
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil

Kecap manis:

  • 1/4 cup of organic raw sugar
  • 2/3 cup of gluten-free soy sauce (I use Tamari)


  • Start by making the kecap manis:
  • Combine sugar and tamari in a small saucepan and bring the mixture to a simmer.
  • Let it gently boil for 3-4 minutes. Watch it carefully so it doesn’t burn. It will bubble a little and thicken. Think fresh cream-like consistency.
  • Take the sauce off the heat and let it cool while you prepare the chicken.


  • In a deep frying pan heat some olive oil on medium heat. Add chicken steaks skin down and let them cook for about 10 minutes until the skin is nice and golden. Turn them around and cook for another 5 minutes.Β 
  • Take chicken out and add 1 tbsp of olive oil. No need to clean the frying pan, unless your chicken got accidentally burnt.Β 
  • Add shallots, garlic, and ginger to the pan. Fry for a couple of minutes until fragrant and shallots have softened. Stir often.
  • Add kecap manis and milk into the frying pan.
  • Put chicken back into the frying pan, bring to simmer, and cook for 20 minutes with the lid on.
  • Your chicken is now ready to be served. Enjoy


  • This is a very good meal to cook on a Sunday for the week ahead. It will last for up to 3 days in the fridge, ready-to-go.
  • Do not use kecap manis from the shop, unless you find one with nothing artificial in it. If you do, please let me know πŸ™‚
  • I have never tried to freeze it, but there is no reason why you could not. So if you want to freeze it, go ahead.
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Balinese

Keywords: chicken-dinner, gluten-free