Are you looking to spice up your mealtime while also giving you and your family something to tickle their taste buds? Believe it or not, there are a variety of recipes with sweet and spicy flavors that will make your tastebuds sing. When searching for recipes, it’s easy for the amateur chef to get lost in the array of sweet and spicy recipes. Here are just a few meal ideas for your next get-together or family event.
Sweet and Spicy Stir Fry with Chicken and Broccoli
Chicken is one of the easiest dishes to make sweet and spicy due to its versatility. In this meal, garlic, crushed red pepper, and chili paste add heat; hoisin sauce and ginger sweeten the deal. The tender broccoli stalks and savory chicken combine to make a wholly unique experience, the perfect mixture of sweet vegetables and spicy poultry.
Vietnamese Lemongrass Meatballs
This appetizer is for those looking for something with lasting flavor. Lemongrass meatballs mix the tangy, sweet, salty, and spicy together in an unforgettable blend of tastes that go perfectly with a side of vegetables or a serving of rice. The meatballs’ mixture of finely ground pork and panko bread crumbs goes perfectly with the sauce made from lemongrass paste, which provides the base for the spice.
Korean Spicy Chicken Tenders with Sweet Apple
A combo of the sweet tang of apples and the sharp bite of red peppers, these chicken tenders are perfect for sweet and spicy connoisseurs. Serving with garlic bread or rice makes for a lovely mixture of flavors that creates a dance on the tongue. Alternatively, replace the Korean pepper paste with a serving of sweet pepper jelly for a smoother, sweeter taste.
Pineapple Salsa Chicken
This dish errs a bit more on the spicier side than some of the other dishes collected here, so if you’re a person who likes a stronger dose of spice than sugar, this dish is for you. The flavor of the pineapple is not lost within the salsa, and if you’re more interested in the sweet aspect of the meal, the jalapeño serving can be adjusted as needed.
Sweet Korean Crispy Chicken
This chicken dish brings the authentic Korean barbeque experience to the kitchen of even the most amateur chefs. When prepared properly, this chicken is downright addicting, its flavor lingering in your mouth long after you’ve finished eating. If you’re feeling like having even more fun at the dinner table, maybe add a few peanuts as a garnish to liven your meal up even more.
Grilled Pork Burgers with Pineapple Salsa
Getting back to pineapples, you probably wouldn’t expect them to go well with burgers. This, however, is a meal you can’t afford not to try. This meal is more for the sweet-lovers out there, as the pineapples are rich enough to overwhelm the spice of the pork, but if you want something stronger in the spice department, feel free to add a few habanero peppers to the meal.