Applebee’s Sweet Asian Chili Sauce Recipe

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Applebee’s Sweet Asian Chili Sauce is easy to make, easy to adapt to any dish, and perfect for adding a sweet and spicy kick. Made from scratch with simple ingredients.

Applebee's Sweet Asian Chili Sauce Recipe

I love making a homemade version of Asian sauces. I’ve already shared a lot, like Kinders Teriyaki Sauce Recipe, Sweet And Spicy Sriracha Sauce Chick-fil-A, and Korean Mayo, and today I’m gonna add Applebee’s Sweet Asian Chili Sauce to this list.

This Applebee’s Sweet Asian Chili Sauce copycat recipe is so easy and versatile, made with simple ingredients like rice vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, sweet chili sauce, and red pepper flakes.

Personally, I like it more spicy, which is why I add extra red pepper flakes, but you can adjust the spiciness and sweetness to your preference. You can use this Sweet Asian Chili Sauce as a dip for appetizers and a glaze for grilled meats, just like I prefer.

What is Applebee’s Sweet Asian Chili Sauce?

Applebee’s Sweet Asian Chili Sauce is a sweet and spicy condiment that combines the flavors of rice vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, sweet chili sauce, and red pepper flakes. It’s used to enhance a variety of dishes, such as appetizers, grilled meats, stir-fries, sandwiches, and noodle or rice dishes.

How to make Applebee’s Sweet Asian Chili Sauce

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon minced ginger
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon water (for cornstarch slurry)
  • 2 tablespoons sweet chili sauce
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (adjust for desired heat level)

Instructions

Step 1:

In a medium saucepan, combine rice vinegar, water, sugar, soy sauce, minced garlic, and minced ginger.

Step 2:

Heat the mixture over medium-high heat until it comes to a boil, stirring occasionally to dissolve the sugar.

Step 3:

Mix the cornstarch with 1 tablespoon of water in a small bowl to create a slurry. Add the slurry to the boiling mixture, stirring continuously until the sauce thickens.

Step 4:

Stir in the sweet chili sauce, ketchup, and red pepper flakes. Reduce the heat and let the sauce simmer for a few minutes, allowing the flavors to meld together.

Step 5:

Remove the saucepan from the heat and let the sauce cool. Transfer the sauce to a clean jar or airtight container.

Tips to make Sweet Asian Chili Sauce even better

  • If you prefer a milder sauce, reduce the amount of red pepper flakes. For a spicier kick, add more to taste.
  • Ensure the cornstarch is fully dissolved in water before adding it to the sauce to prevent clumping
  • After adding all the ingredients, let the sauce simmer on low heat. This allows the flavors to meld together beautifully.
  • Taste the sauce before cooling it down. Adjust the sweetness by adding more sugar or the tanginess with more rice vinegar.
  • The sauce may separate slightly when stored. Shake or stir well before each use to ensure an even consistency.
Applebee's Sweet Asian Chili Sauce

How to use Applebee’s Sweet Asian Chili Sauce

The best way for me to use Applebee’s Sweet Asian Chili Sauce is as a dip for appetizers like egg rolls and chicken wings and as a glaze for grilled meats. But if you like, you can also add it to stir-fried vegetables or noodles for a burst of flavor, and use it as a sandwich spread to give your meals a unique twist.

How to store

To store Applebee’s Sweet Asian Chili Sauce, transfer it to a clean, airtight glass jar or container to maintain its flavor and freshness. Keep the jar tightly sealed and refrigerate the sauce, ensuring it stays cool.

Before each use, shake or stir the sauce well, as it may separate slightly over time. Properly stored, the sauce can last in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. Always check for signs of spoilage, such as an off smell or discoloration, before using.

FAQ

How spicy is this Applebee’s Sweet Asian Chili Sauce?

The sauce has a mild to medium heat level. You can adjust the spiciness by adding more or fewer red pepper flakes according to your preference.

Is the sauce gluten-free?

The sauce can be gluten-free if you use gluten-free soy sauce. Always check the labels of all ingredients to ensure they meet your dietary needs.

Can I make the sweet Asian chili sauce applebees thicker?

Yes, you can make the sauce thicker by adding a bit more cornstarch slurry (cornstarch mixed with water) and simmering until it reaches your desired consistency.

Is Applebee’s Sweet Asian Chili Sauce vegan?

The Applebee’s Sweet Asian Chili Sauce Recipe is vegan as long as all ingredients used, such as soy sauce and sweet chili sauce, are vegan-friendly. Always check the labels to confirm.

Applebee's Sweet Asian Chili Sauce recipe

Conclusion

Applebee’s Sweet Asian Chili Sauce is a versatile and flavorful condiment that can elevate a variety of dishes. Whether used as a dip, glaze, stir-fry sauce, or sandwich spread, its sweet and spicy profile adds a delightful kick. Easy to make and store, this sauce is a must-have for any kitchen.

Applebee’s Sweet Asian Chili Sauce

Recipe by Wasian CookeryCourse: Condiment, SauceCuisine: AsianDifficulty: Easy
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

5

minutes
Cooking time

10

minutes
Total time

15

minutes

Applebee’s Sweet Asian Chili Sauce is easy to make, easy to adapt to any dish, and perfect for adding a sweet and spicy kick. Made from scratch with simple ingredients.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup rice vinegar

  • 1/2 cup water

  • 1/2 cup sugar

  • 1/4 cup soy sauce

  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic

  • 1 tablespoon minced ginger

  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

  • 1 tablespoon water (for cornstarch slurry)

  • 2 tablespoons sweet chili sauce

  • 1 tablespoon ketchup

  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (adjust for desired heat level)

Directions

  • In a medium saucepan, combine rice vinegar, water, sugar, soy sauce, minced garlic, and minced ginger.
  • Heat the mixture over medium-high heat until it comes to a boil, stirring occasionally to dissolve the sugar.
  • Mix the cornstarch with 1 tablespoon of water in a small bowl to create a slurry. Add the slurry to the boiling mixture, stirring continuously until the sauce thickens.
  • Stir in the sweet chili sauce, ketchup, and red pepper flakes. Reduce the heat and let the sauce simmer for a few minutes, allowing the flavors to meld together.
  • Remove the saucepan from the heat and let the sauce cool. Transfer the sauce to a clean jar or airtight container.

Notes

  • Ensure the cornstarch is fully dissolved in water before adding it to the sauce to prevent clumping
  • If you prefer a milder sauce, reduce the amount of red pepper flakes. For a spicier kick, add more to taste.