Solal and I have always been big fans of hot chili sauce. Errr...if I'm being correct, I should actually say that Solal has always been addicted to the stuff and I jumped on the bandwagon when I met him.
He basically uses it on just about anything so I thought...if he loves it that much, he must be onto something, right? So I imitated him and slowly but surely became a sweet chili sauce addict myself.
And that's pretty convenient when you also happen to be in love with Asian food - because hot sauce +Asiann food = perfection. More on that in a minute.
Hot chili paste, tabasco, Thai sweet chili sauce - we do not discriminate, as long as it's tasty, slightly sweet and hot. Unfortunately, store-bought sweet chili sauce, especially Thai sweet chili sauce, is full of sugar and additives and that's a big no-no for me.
When I dreamed up these amazing thai chicken patties I just knew they needed to be served with sweet chili sauce but still didn't want to go for the sugar-loaded store-bought variety. I only had one solution left: homemade chili sauce without sugar! And making it from scratch turned out so easy and delicious!
You will basically only need four ingredients to make homemade chili sauce: fresh chilies, garlic, rice vinegar and honey. You'll want your honey to be quite mild - don't go for the floral and bold ones, it would be too empowering.
To make sure the homemade chili sauce is not too hot, and because the heat comes from the seeds, we're actually going to deseed most of the chilies. If you like your sweet chili sauce very mild, you could actually remove all the seeds.
I personally love a little kick so I kept about ⅙th of the seeds. Your call! If you're not sure and your sauce ends up being way too hot for you, no worries, you can always dilute it afterwards with lime, olive oil, coconut milk or even water!
So make this Homemade Chili Sauce and put my Clean Eating Chicken Patties on the menu for the next days! You can thank me later!
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Homemade Refined Sugar-Free Thai Sweet Chili Sauce
No one will believe that this Thai Sweet Chili Sauce is not only homemade but also free of refined sugar! This easy homemade chili sauce made with only 4 ingredients will become a pantry staple!
- 8 oz fresh medium-hot red chilies ½ lb - 250 g, stems trimmed (I used a variety called "long red chillies")
- 2 cloves garlic peeled
- 1 ½ cups rice wine vinegar
- 1 cup mild honey
Roughly chop ⅙th of the chilies (about 1.5 oz). Deseed remaining chilies and chop them roughly. Make sure that you DO NOT touch your eyes while handling the chillies!
Place chilies, garlic cloves and ½ cup rice vinegar in the bowl of your food processor. Process until finely chopped.
Transfer chilies mixture into a medium saucepan, then add honey and remaining vinegar. Cook on low heat for about 5 minutes or until honey is dissolved.
Bring to a boil and cook, stirring occasionally, for 20 to 25 minutes or until sauce thickens but is still a bit runny (the sauce will thicken while cooling). Let sauce cool and transfer it to an air-tight container(s). It will keep in the fridge for weeks.
If you like your sauce very mild, you could actually remove all the seeds. I personally love a little kick so I kept about ⅙th of the seeds. Your call! If you're not sure and your sauce ends up being way too hot for you, no worries, you can always dilute it afterwards with lime, olive oil, coconut milk or even water!
Recipe adapted from Taste