Easy Sticky Marmalade Chicken

Sticky and juicy, this marmalade chicken recipe is quick and easy and perfect for a weeknight dinner. Made using a glaze with my favourite orange marmalade with no added sugar! 

Sticky Marmalade Chicken (gluten-free, easy)

I first stumbled on this ridiculously simple marmalade chicken recipe in Nigel Slater’s cookbook Eat. Being a fan of sweet, sticky chicken, I thought it looked and sounded delicious and I loved the idea of using orange marmalade for the glaze. After all, citrus and poultry are a match made in heaven.

I changed the amounts of the orange marmalade slightly and I’ve added some lemon juice to cut through the sweetness, but other than that the recipe is close to the original. I made a side of steamed greens and carrots to go with this dish and got big thumbs up for this meal.

COOK’s notes

Marmalade glaze for chicken

I use a brand called St.Dalfour which makes preserves with no added cane sugar, and all natural ingredients. I believe this is widely available in many countries. Marmalade, like honey or other sweeteners, is still sort of sugar (let’s not kid ourselves), so if you’re avoiding all sweet things, then you might want to skip this one. Just FYI, you’re looking at about 10g of carbs/sugar per serving, so if that’s within your macros, then definitely give this recipe a go!

I only made two servings, but if you’re doing a bigger batch of chicken, you’re looking at the following ratios of the glaze mix: 2 teaspoons marmalade, 1 teaspoon mustard and 1 teaspoon lemon juice per chicken piece (depending on the size of the thigh/drumstick).

You can also use chicken wings or chicken breasts for this dish.


You might also like my Paleo Bang Bang Chicken or my Baked Chicken Thighs With Special Green Sauce.

Sticky marmalade chicken

Sticky marmalade chicken

Sticky Marmalade Chicken (Gluten-Free)

  • Author: Irena Macri (Adapted from Nigel Slater's)
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 35 mins
  • Yield: 2 1x



  • 2 chicken drumsticks and 2 chicken thighs with skin on
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • Generous pinch of ground pepper
  • 3 tablespoons orange marmalade (I use this brand with no added sugar)
  • 4 teaspoons wholegrain mustard (I use this brand which has very little sugar added)
  • 4 teaspoons lemon juice


  1. Preheat the oven to 200 C / 400 F.
  2. Place the chicken pieces (skin side up) on a flat baking tray covered with foil or parchment paper. I used foil as I was at a friend’s house but ideally you would want to use parchment paper. Otherwise, drizzle the tray with some olive oil. The parchment paper is mostly there to catch any sweet juices and to prevent them from sticking to your tray, which is a pain in the *** to clean.
  3. So, the chicken is on the tray, not sprinkle with pieces with salt and some pepper. Put the tray in the oven, middle shelf, and bake for 17 minutes.
  4. In the meantime, mix together the marmalade, mustard and lemon juice in a small bowl and set aside.
  5. After 15 minutes, remove the chicken and spread the marmalade over the top. Place the tray back in the oven for 15 more minutes. Prepare a side of vegetables or a salad while it’s cooking.


  1. I love how simple this is! I bet it would be a great dish for the pressure cooker too. I haven’t seen that marmalade brand, but I’m definitely going to be on the lookout because sweet and savory is my favorite. I can’t wait to try this.

  2. That marmalade sauce looks so flavorful and drool-worthy! I love combining sweet and savory together in recipes and this one looks like a winner.

  3. This was delicious! Great recipe and so easy, thank you. I cooked it with some roast potato, pumpkin with carrots and peas on the side. My husband said it was a keeper!

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