Spicy and Succulent Deviled Chicken Recipe

Gather ’round, my fellow food enthusiasts, for today I bring a recipe that will surely satisfy your cravings for something delicious and packed with flavor. Let me introduce you to the wonderful world of deviled chicken – a dish that will have your taste buds dancing in delight!

This recipe is perfect for those who are looking for a quick and easy way to impress their guests, or simply looking for an indulgent weeknight meal. Deviled chicken is a classic, beloved recipe that has been enjoyed for generations, but with my own twist to add some extra spice and kick.

With simple ingredients such as soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic cloves, onion, lemon juice and curry powder – among others – you can easily whip up this dish in no time. The combination of flavors will leave you feeling satisfied and fulfilled.

In this article, I will walk you through the process of making this amazing sri lankan deviled chicken recipe step by step. Whether it’s your first time cooking or you’re a seasoned expert in the kitchen, this recipe is sure to become one of your favorites.

So why not give it a try? Let’s dive right in and create something truly delicious!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Deviled Chicken
Deviled Chicken

Are you searching for a chicken recipe that is delicious, easy to make, and will wow your guests? Then look no further than this deviled chicken recipe!

What makes this dish truly amazing is the combination of sweet, spicy, and tangy flavors that come together in perfect harmony. The marinade features a mouthwatering blend of soy sauce, vinegar, brown sugar, mustard, curry powder, cayenne pepper, and other spices that will leave your taste buds dancing with joy. As the chicken bakes in the oven, it soaks up all of these incredible flavors and becomes juicy and tender on the inside with crispy skin on the outside.

Not only is this recipe incredibly flavorful, but it’s also highly versatile. You can use chicken thighs or breasts – boneless or bone-in – and whatever pieces are your favorite. Plus, there are many substitutions and variations you can make to customize the dish to your taste.

In addition to being delicious and customizable the recipe is easy to prepare as well. With a total cook time of just 45 minutes at 375 degrees F in an oven it can be made quickly without much fuss. This means more time for you to focus on other party preparations while still serving a dish that will have your guests asking for seconds.

Whether you’re hosting a dinner party or just looking for something new to add to your weekly meal rotation, this deviled chicken recipe is sure to impress everyone who gets a bite. So go ahead and give it a try – you won’t be disappointed!

Ingredient List

 Spicy and savory deviled chicken, perfect for a party appetizer!
Spicy and savory deviled chicken, perfect for a party appetizer!

Here are the ingredients you’ll need:

  • Chicken Pieces: You can use either chicken breasts or chicken thighs. Bone-in or boneless, skin-on or skinless — the choice is yours. If using bone-in chicken pieces, make sure to adjust the cooking time accordingly.

  • Salt and pepper: For seasoning the chicken pieces.

  • Lemon juice and fresh lemon rind: For adding a zesty flavor to the dish and giving a citrusy zing.

  • Garlic cloves: Use minced garlic to add some depth of flavor to the sauce.

  • Onion: Sauté chopped onion in oil to form a flavorful base for the sauce.

  • Tomato sauce: It’s an essential ingredient in most deviled chicken recipes as it adds a sweet, tangy flavor that balances the heat and pungency of other spices.

  • Brown sugar: Use it to balance out the tartness of vinegar while also providing some sweetness to the dish.

  • Vinegar: White vinegar or apple cider vinegar works well in this recipe. They add some acidity and tanginess to cut through the richness of chicken.

  • Soy sauce: It enhances the umami flavor in the dish while also providing some saltiness.

  • Curry powder and dry mustard: For adding some warmth, earthiness, and nuttiness to the dish

  • Dijon mustard: Similar to dry mustard, it adds some sharpness and piquancy needed for deviled chicken

  • Cayenne pepper: For spiciness

It may look like a lot of ingredients, but most of them are pantry staples that most home cooks already have on hand.

The Recipe How-To

 The marinade for this chicken adds the perfect punch of flavor.
The marinade for this chicken adds the perfect punch of flavor.

Preparing the Chicken
Step 1: Clean and Dry the Chicken

Wash your chicken pieces and pat them dry with paper towels. Then, sprinkle some salt and freshly ground black pepper on both sides of the chicken.

Step 2: Make the Marinade

In a large bowl, mix together 2 tablespoons of soy sauce, 3 tablespoons of vinegar, 1 tablespoon of brown sugar, 1 teaspoon of dry mustard, 1 teaspoon of curry powder, 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper, and the juice and rind from 1 lemon.

Step 3: Marinate the Chicken

Add your chicken pieces to the marinade mixture so that they’re entirely coated. Cover the bowl with cling wrap and let it sit in the fridge for at least an hour or overnight if you want your chicken to absorb all those flavors.

Cooking the Chicken
Step 4: Heat Up Your Skillet

Take a large skillet or frying pan and add 2 tablespoons of butter over medium heat. Once melted, add in minced shallots or onion (about 1/2 cup). Sauté them for around two minutes until lightly browned but not burned.

Step 5: Add Your Marinated Chicken

Now, it’s time to add your marinated chicken to the skillet, including all that liquid marinade. Cook it for about 30-40 minutes over medium heat until tender but cooked through. You can check its internal temperature reaching at least 165°F, for guaranteed food safety reasons!

Optional Step: Thickening Your Sauce

To thicken your sauce, use a slotted spoon to transfer your cooked chicken to a serving platter, leaving behind any excess marinade in the skillet. Mix together 1 tablespoon dijon mustard and 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce into that remaining liquid from cooking. Bring it up to a boil then let simmer until reduced by half or until it reaches your desired thickness.

Step 6: Serve

Arrange your cooked deviled chicken pieces on a platter, making sure to drizzle the reduced sauce over them. Add some fresh cilantro or parsley for garnish if you prefer!

Substitutions and Variations

 Get ready to impress your guests with this delicious and unique dish.
Get ready to impress your guests with this delicious and unique dish.

As a home chef, I truly believe that cooking is an art that allows you to experiment and try new things. So, don’t be afraid to make some substitutions and variations on this Deviled Chicken recipe to make it your own. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

– Spice it Up: If you love spicy food, you can add more cayenne pepper or chili flakes to the marinade, or even use a spicy mustard instead of Dijon mustard for an extra kick.

– Sauce Swap: While this recipe calls for tomato sauce as the base of the marinade, you could experiment with different sauces like BBQ sauce, hoisin sauce or even curry sauce for a unique flavor profile.

– Cut of Chicken: While chicken thighs and breasts work great in this recipe, you can also try it with bone-in chicken pieces like drumsticks or wings. You may need to adjust the cooking time accordingly.

– Make it Vegetarian: If you’re looking for a vegetarian option, try swapping the chicken with firm tofu or tempeh. The marinade will still give it a nice flavor and texture.

– Sri Lankan Flavor: To really bring out the Sri Lankan spices in this recipe, you could try adding more curry powder or other traditional spices like cardamom, cinnamon or cloves.

Remember, cooking should be fun and creative so feel free to play around with different flavors and ingredients to customize this Deviled Chicken recipe to your liking.

Serving and Pairing

 The combination of mustard and hot sauce in the sauce takes this chicken to the next level.
The combination of mustard and hot sauce in the sauce takes this chicken to the next level.

Once your deviled chicken is ready, it is time to think about the perfect way to serve and pair it. This chicken recipe is incredibly versatile, and its bold and spicy flavors make it a great addition to any meal.

When it comes to serving deviled chicken, I like to plate it with vibrant green veggies such as asparagus or broccoli. The bright colors of these vegetables not only make for a beautiful presentation but add an extra layer of nutritional value to your meal.

Deviled chicken’s bold flavors are best complemented by light sides such as roasted potatoes or grilled corn on the cob. These dishes allow the chicken’s spices to take center stage while still providing a balance of texture and flavor.

For drinks, I recommend pairing deviled chicken with a rich red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon or merlot. If you prefer something non-alcoholic, try a crisp and refreshing citrus iced tea to enhance the flavors of the marinade.

Finally, the leftovers of this amazing Sri Lankan Deviled Chicken can be used in salads, sandwiches or wraps for easy lunchtime meals throughout the week. So go ahead and embrace your culinary creativity by pairing this irresistible chicken recipe with your favorite sides and drinks!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 The perfect balance of tangy and spicy!
The perfect balance of tangy and spicy!

It’s always helpful to plan ahead when it comes to hosting a party, and that includes preparing food in advance. Fortunately, the deviled chicken recipe can be made-ahead without losing its flavor and texture.

To make-ahead, prepare the dish in its entirety, then allow it to cool down to room temperature before covering and storing it in the refrigerator or freezer. The dish can be kept in the refrigerator for up to three days before reheating or frozen for up to two months.

When reheating, place the deviled chicken pieces in a baking dish and cover the dish with aluminum foil. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and bake the chicken pieces for around 20-25 minutes or until heated through. Alternatively, you can reheat the chicken pieces on the stovetop using a skillet over medium heat.

If you have any leftovers after serving, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for later consumption. The deviled chicken pieces may lose some crispiness upon refrigeration but will still taste delicious when reheated.

Remember always to discard any leftover food that has been left at room temperature for more than two hours. Safety first!

By following these simple make-ahead, storing and reheating tips, you’ll save time and effort while still being able to enjoy the amazing flavors of this delicious Sri Lankan Deviled Chicken recipe in your upcoming parties.

Tips for Perfect Results

 This chicken is sure to be a crowd-pleaser!
This chicken is sure to be a crowd-pleaser!

Now, to ensure that your deviled chicken recipe turns out perfectly, here are some tips and tricks to keep in mind.

First and foremost, make sure you season your chicken well with salt and pepper. This will help bring out the flavors of the other ingredients in the dish.

When using soy sauce and vinegar as a marinade, be sure not to marinate it for too long, as they can break down the meat and create a mushy texture. Aim for around 30 minutes to an hour at room temperature before cooking.

If you’re using boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cook them for around 20-25 minutes at 375 degrees Fahrenheit in the oven. For large chicken thighs or drumsticks, increase the cooking time to 35-40 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

For an extra kick of heat, add a bit of cayenne pepper or extra curry powder to the marinade mixture.

If you’re making deviled chicken for a large crowd, consider trying a spicy mustard or Worcestershire sauce recipe for added flavor.

When storing leftovers, be sure to transfer them into an airtight container and place them in the refrigerator. They should last up to four days if stored properly.

Lastly, don’t be afraid to get creative with your deviled chicken recipe. Experiment with different spices and seasonings based on your preferences to make it truly unique. And remember, cooking is all about having fun and being adventurous in the kitchen!


As you work on perfecting your Deviled Chicken recipe, you may find yourself with some burning questions. Fear not, for I’ve got the answers for some of the most frequently asked questions about this flavorful dish. Here are some helpful tips and tricks to help you cook up an amazing Sri Lankan Deviled Chicken that will have your guests coming back for seconds.

Why is it called deviled chicken?

Deviled chicken is a well-liked dish originating in the Southern regions of America, known for its spicy and straightforward flavors. As with other foods labeled “deviled”, the name refers to the dish’s heat, which can be customized using ingredients such as Tabasco sauce, cayenne pepper or mustard.

How long it take to bake chicken?

If you’re wondering how to cook boneless, skinless chicken breasts or bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts, I have some guidance for you. For cooking large boneless, skinless chicken breasts, preheat your oven to 375 degrees F and cook them for 20 to 30 minutes. On the other hand, for large bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts, cook them for 35 to 40 minutes in a preheated 375 degrees F oven. These times and temperatures should give you perfectly cooked chicken breasts every time.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, the Deviled Chicken Recipe is a perfect addition to your party menu. This recipe offers easy steps to follow and provides flexibility in terms of ingredient substitutions for those who prefer a milder or spicier flavor. Not only is this dish flavorful and savory, but it’s also healthy and rich in protein.

With the combination of spices and seasonings, such as soy sauce, dry mustard, curry powder, and cayenne pepper, you’ll get an amazing sri lankan deviled chicken that will leave your guests’ taste buds impressed. And if you’re looking for more variety, you can try different chicken pieces like thighs or breasts.

Whether you’re hosting a small gathering or large party, Deviled Chicken Recipe is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. So give it a try and let me know what you think!

Deviled Chicken

Deviled Chicken Recipe

My mum has made this for years - I think it comes from a Family Circle box of recipes on individual cards that she has had for as long as I can remember. I love it as it reminds me of home!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Western
Calories 576 kcal


  • 3 lbs chicken pieces, skin on
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon oil, extra
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh lemon rind
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • salt, pepper


  • Cook chicken in hot oil until golden, then remove from heat, drain and place in casserole or baking dish.
  • Cook onion and garlic in extra oil until transparent, add lemon juice, lemon rind, tomato sauce, brown sugar, mustard, curry powder, vinegar, soy sauce, salt and pepper.
  • Cover and bring to boil, then remove from heat and pour over chicken pieces.
  • Bake, covered in a moderate oven 1 to 1 and a quarter hours or until chicken is tender.

Your Own Notes


Serving: 337gCalories: 576kcalCarbohydrates: 13.7gProtein: 40.2gFat: 39.6gSaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 155.2mgSodium: 553mgFiber: 2gSugar: 7.9g
Keyword < 4 Hours, Chicken, Meat, Poultry
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