A spicy grilled sriracha chicken sweetened with barley malt syrup on a bed of garlicky mushrooms and rice, all in one easy to eat bowl.

A while back ago, I bought a jar of barley malt syrup for fun and I never really got around using it so when I decided to make sriracha chicken today and I couldn’t find any molasses around I thought –  this would be the best opportunity try this thing called barley malt syrup out.


Barley Malt Sriracha Chicken with Garlicky Mushroom


First came the taste test…and WOW! I could eat this thing by the spoonful! Barley malt syrup has a light bitter flavour, a lot less earthier than molasses – and it’s sweet, but not too sweet! The texture of this was quite thick – a lot thicker than honey or molasses so I’d recommend watering it down with a bit of water to use this.


This is definitely something I’d recommend you buy to try at least once. Such a versatile ingredient that can be used in marinades, salads and meats (see it coming up more in my future recipes!)


Barley Malt Sriracha Chicken with Garlicky Mushroom


I decided to make a spicy sweet chicken with this new found thing and I was not disappointed. If you like sweet and spicy chicken then check out this recipe! (you can omit the lemons but I find that the lemons add another dimension of flavour so I decided to keep this in)


You can use any cut of chicken meat for this. I just decided to use drums because it was an easy peasy dinner option.


Barley malt syrup can be a tad tricky to find (I found mine in the ‘healthy’ organic section of the grocery store.  If you can’t find it, you can substitute that with honey or molasses. I’d go with a more darker honey since it has a more rich flavour.


Barley Malt Sriracha Chicken with Garlicky Mushroom


I love mushrooms! I love garlic! Put it together and you got a super easy side for any meal! In this case, a rice bowl! I made this a bit saucy but this is only because I love sauce on my rice. You can thicken or keep your sauce runny or even reduce this sauce.


Don’t forget to put in the garlic near the end. As much as I love infusing the garlic in the oils in the beginning I find that cooking on a higher heat (especially if it takes a while to brown) will burn the garlic and burnt garlic is gross.


When you assemble the bowl, fry up an egg and toss it on top! Why? Because a runny egg makes any rice meal better. I swear it really does. There’s something about the rich yolk combined with the rice that gives you a nice saucy flavour. There I go again with the sauce!


Barley Malt Sriracha Chicken with Garlicky Mushrooms


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Barley Malt Sriracha Chicken with Garlicky Mushrooms



Barley Malt Sriracha Chicken with Garlicky Mushroom

  • Author: Joyce | Pups with Chopsticks
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 Servings
  • Category: Main
  • Cuisine: Asian, American


A spicy grilled chicken sweetened with barley malt syrup on a bed of garlicky mushrooms and rice, all in one easy to eat bowl.


Barley Malt Sriracha Chicken

  • 8 chicken drums
  • 3 tablespoons barley malt syrup (can substitute with honey or fancy molasses)
  • 3 tablespoons sriracha
  • 1/4 cup hot water
  • 1/4 of a lemon
  • salt
  • pepper

Garlicky Mushrooms

  • 4 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • 5 cups of mushrooms (sliced)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1-2 teaspoon corn starch


Barley Malt Sriracha Chicken

  1. Combine barley malt syrup, sriracha and lemon juice and water together to create a sauce and put aside later for the final glazing on the chicken
  2. Season the chicken with salt and pepper
  3. Grill chicken for about 45 mins or until meat juices run clear
  4. Brush on a few layers of the sauce onto the chicken once it is cooked. Keep an eye out on it to make sure it doesn’t burn! The sugars in the sauce burns quickly from the BBQ heat
  5. Once the chicken is done, set it aside

Garlicky Mushrooms

  1. Chop up the garlic finely
  2. Combine soy sauce, sugar and water and corn starch and set aside for later
  3. Add a few teaspoons of oil and a tablespoon of butter into a pan and turn the stove on to medium/high heat
  4. Add in the mushrooms and cook them until they are brown
  5. Add in garlic. (The garlic is put in near the end so it doesn’t get burnt from high heat)
  6. Cook for another 5-8 mins
  7. Add in the sauce mixture and stir until it has thickened
  8. Turn off the heat and set aside

Assembling the Bowl

  1. Fry up an egg! Because eggs make everything better right?
  2. Scoop some rice in a bowl (or noodles, or potatoes)
  3. Ladle on the mushroom and sauce on top
  4. Add a chicken or two or three (no one is counting)
  5. Top it off with a fried egg and some chives
  6. Voila! It is done! Enjoy!


  • Serving Size: 1 Serving
  • Calories: 323 kCal
  • Sugar: 13 g
  • Sodium: 1909 mg
  • Fat: 13 g
  • Carbohydrates: 21 g
  • Protein: 33 g
 Disclaimer: As with most of my posts, I provide affiliate links to make items easier to find if you cannot purchase this locally. I would never recommend anything I don’t own myself or highly recommend, but I would prefer you buy your items locally to support your stores (and chances are they are cheaper locally!) 🙂




4 thoughts on “Barley Malt Sriracha Chicken with Garlicky Mushroom”

  1. I love this delicious dish, with rice and drumsticks, simple to make by following your recipe. GREAT! Bravo

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