Sweet and Sour Chicken Thighs


These marinated and baked sweet and sour chicken thighs make a delicious main dish that everyone will enjoy.

Sweet and Sour Chicken Thighs
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Additional Time:
8 hrs
Total Time:
8 hrs 50 mins
12 chicken thighs


  • ½ cup pineapple juice, or more to taste

  • cup barbeque sauce (such as Sweet Baby Ray's®)

  • ¼ cup brown sugar, or more to taste

  • ¼ cup reduced-sodium soy sauce

  • 1 ½ teaspoons grated fresh ginger

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • 3 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  2. Mix pineapple juice, barbeque sauce, brown sugar, soy sauce, ginger, and garlic together in a small bowl. Reserve 1/2 cup for basting. Put remaining marinade in a resealable plastic bag with the chicken thighs; seal the bag. Turn to coat. Refrigerate, covered, for 8 hours or overnight. Flip the bag once halfway through if possible.

  3. Drain chicken, discarding used marinade.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven, uncovered, for 25 minutes, basting frequently with reserved marinade. Flip and continue to bake and baste until no longer pink in the centers and juices run clear, about 15 minutes more. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).

Cook's Notes:

You can use ketchup if you don't have BBQ sauce.

Instead of baking, you can grill the chicken, covered, on an oiled rack over medium heat for 6 to 8 minutes on each side, or until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the centers reads 165 degrees F (74 degrees C); baste occasionally with reserved marinade during the last 5 minutes.

Editor's Note:

Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of marinade ingredients. The actual amount of marinade consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

191 Calories
8g Fat
9g Carbs
20g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 191
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 2g 11%
Cholesterol 70mg 23%
Sodium 321mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 20g
Vitamin C 1mg 6%
Calcium 16mg 1%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 221mg 5%

* 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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