Sticky Chicken with Noodles


This is a tasty and easy supper dish that goes down very well with all the family. Any cut of chicken may be used according to taste, but using drumsticks or thighs makes it a very economical meal too. Ideally the chicken should be marinated for a few hours before cooking it, but if you’re short of time even an hour will do. The ingredients listed here served two people, but if you are serving more just increase the quantities.



Enough chicken pieces to serve your diners – we used 3 – 4 chicken drumsticks per person, but for children 1 or 2 would usually be enough

For the marinade:

the juice of 1 lime

the juice of 1 orange

4 tablespoons of soy sauce

2 tablespoons of honey

2 fat cloves of garlic, crushed

red chilli, finely chopped

a thumb sized piece of fresh ginger, finely chopped or grated

2 tablespoons of sesame oil

1 teaspoon of coriander seeds, crushed

To serve:

Approximately 100g of noodles per person

1 – 2 tablespoons of crunchy peanut butter to stir through the cooked noodles (optional)

To garnish:



fresh coriander, fresh sliced red chilli and sliced spring onions







  • in a large bowl, mix together all of the ingredients for the marinade


  • put the chicken pieces into an ovenproof dish and pour over the marinade, making sure that the chicken is well coated with the mixture


  • cover the dish and leave it in a cold place so that the chicken absorbs all of the flavours
  • when you are ready to cook the dish, preheat the oven to 200°C
  • cook the marinated chicken (together with all the marinade!), uncovered, for about 45 minutes to 1 hour. If you are using pieces of chicken larger than the drumsticks we used you will probably need the longer cooking time
  • about 10 minutes before the end of the cooking time, bring a large pan of water to the boil and cook the noodles according to the instructions on the packet (usually about 5 minutes)
  • drain the noodles and return them to the pan. If you are using the peanut butter, stir it into the cooked noodles at this stage
  • divide the noodles between the serving bowls, top with the cooked chicken pieces and pour the remaining cooking liquid over the whole plate
  • garnish each plate with a scattering of chilli, spring onion and coriander




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