Chef John's Caramel Chicken


This stunning dish is an amazing combination of sweet, spicy, and salty flavors all sticking to succulent pieces of chicken.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
4 servings


  • ¾ cup dark brown sugar

  • cup cold water

  • cup fish sauce

  • cup rice vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce

  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed

  • 1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger

  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil

  • 8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs, quartered

  • ½ cup roasted peanuts

  • 2 fresh jalapeno peppers, seeded and sliced

  • 1 bunch green onions, chopped

  • fresh cilantro sprigs, for garnish


  1. Whisk brown sugar, water, fish sauce, rice vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, and ginger in a bowl until brown sugar is completely dissolved, about 1 minute. Set aside.

  2. Heat oil over high heat in a skillet. Stir in chicken.

  3. Pour 1/3 cup of the brown sugar mixture over chicken; cook and stir until the brown sugar mixture has a syrup-like consistency, 6 to 7 minutes.

  4. Pour in the remaining brown sugar mixture; cook until chicken is tender and no longer pink inside, about 5 minutes.

  5. Stir in in peanuts, jalapenos and green onion; cook until warmed through, 2 to 3 minutes.

  6. Garnish with cilantro and serve.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

615 Calories
33g Fat
38g Carbs
43g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 615
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 33g 43%
Saturated Fat 8g 39%
Cholesterol 129mg 43%
Sodium 1967mg 86%
Total Carbohydrate 38g 14%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Total Sugars 30g
Protein 43g
Vitamin C 19mg 93%
Calcium 115mg 9%
Iron 4mg 23%
Potassium 742mg 16%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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