Firecracker Chicken Recipe [Video]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet

Firecracker Chicken is made with crispy white meat chunks in a sweet, sour, and spicy sauce. This dish is perfect for those who can take the heat!

If you like spicy dishes, then, you will love our other popular sweet and spicy recipes such as for Hunan Beef, Bang Bang Shrimp, and General Tso Chicken!

Firecracker Chicken Recipe

The Best Firecracker Chicken Recipe

Firecracker Chicken is the solution for your Chinese dishes craving, and it tastes a million times better than any take-out!! It is easy to make and even if it requires only a handful of ingredients. Moreover, it is super tasty and never short on flavor!

The name itself indicates how fiery this dish is. When you taste it, the spiciness explodes in your mouth. So, if you are like me who is adventurous and won’t back out from chilis and peppers, then, you will enjoy this dish just as much!

Take note that the sauce is made with buffalo hot sauce, not the regular hot sauce. This gives the glaze a more buttery and garlicky taste. In addition, it adds more depth and flavor to it.

What is firecracker chicken?

This is a traditional Asian dish, that became very popular in the USA over the past decades. It has fried and breaded white meat as the base that is glazed with a sticky sauce that is sweet, sour, and spicy all at the same time.

There are many versions of this dish, and it pertains to just any spicy chicken dish. But then, this recipe is a homemade version of the popular takeout.

The sauce itself screams Asian flavors with the use of garlic, ginger, chili paste, and rice vinegar.

Firecracker Chicken Recipe

How do you make firecracker sauce?

Simply combine the following ingredients in a bowl:

  • buffalo hot sauce
  • ketchup
  • garlic
  • ginger
  • chili paste
  • brown sugar
  • rice vinegar
  • red pepper flakes

Once prepared, set it aside while you work on the meat.

How do you make firecracker chicken?

  • Prep the breading: In a bowl, combine the cornstarch and flour, and then, season with salt and black pepper. In another bowl, beat the eggs. To coat, dip the meat in the egg, then, dredge into the cornstarch mixture.
  • Fry: Heat 2 inches of oil in a deep-frying pan. Then, fry the meat until golden brown. Set aside.
  • Glaze: Next, toss the meat in the sauce.
  • Serve: Sprinkle green onion and sesame seeds if you like, then, serve!

Firecracker Chicken Recipe

How do you make crispy chicken?

The secret to crispy chicken lies in the coating and the frying technique. The use of cornstarch does the trick as well as frying at a high enough temperature of 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Can you make baked firecracker chicken?

Definitely! To prepare crispy white meat in the oven, follow our recipe for the oven-baked tenders. Then, simply take off from that and finish the recipe. Please note, while baking is a healthier option, it will make the meat less crispy.

Recipe Variation

You can lower the carbs in this dish by leaving out the breading. What you can do is to bake the breasts whole.

Brown the white meat first on a skillet. Then, continue cooking in the oven at 400 degrees. After, baste with the sauce.

How do you serve firecracker chicken?

I like mine served with a heap of rice or quinoa. However, you can also serve it with salads, such as with Arugula Salad or Greek Salad. However, this dish is very versatile, and can be served with pretty much any dish, and during any time of the day!

Firecracker Chicken Recipe

Storing Instructions:

  • Refrigerate: Let the dish cool completely then, transfer into an airtight container. Store for 3 to 4 days.
  • Freeze: You can transfer the dish into freezer-proof containers. Store for up to 3 to 4 months.
  • Make-ahead: Also, you can cook the meat first and when ready, just make the sauce and toss.
  • Reheat: Simply bake at 350 degrees until heated through.

Recipe Tips

  • To make this dish paleo-friendly, replace the cornstarch with arrowroot powder and the flour with coconut flour.
  • In deep-frying, you can use your Dutch oven. It is deep so it will be easier to manage the splatters.
  • Since frying has a target temperature of 350 degrees, feel free to use a candy thermometer to monitor. Also, adding a few more pieces while frying will lower the temperature. Hence, keep an eye on the temperature to adjust the heat.
  • Feel free to change up the proportions of the sauce, especially if you are not a fan of spicy food.

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5 from 8 reviews
Firecracker Chicken
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 4 servings
Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 20 minutes Total time: 30 mins

Ingredients

Chicken:

  • 2 pounds  chicken breasts  (cut into 1-inch chunks)
  • 1 cup  cornstarch 
  • 1/4 cup  flour 
  • 1/2 teaspoon  salt 
  • 1/4 teaspoon  ground black pepper 
  • 2  eggs beaten 
  •  Canola oil for frying 

Firecracker Sauce:

  • 2/3 cup  buffalo hot sauce 
  • 2 tablespoons  ketchup 
  • 2 cloves  garlic  (minced)
  • 1 tablespoon  grated ginger 
  • 1 tablespoon  chili paste  (optional)
  • 1/2 cup  brown sugar 
  • 1 tablespoon  rice vinegar 
  • 1/4 teaspoon  red pepper flakes  (or more to taste)

Garnish:

  •  Green Onions 
  •  Sesame Seeds 

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl combine all the SAUCE ingredients and set aside.
  2. In a large, shallow bowl, whisk cornstarch flour, salt, and black pepper.
  3. Add beaten eggs to another bowl.
  4. Pour about 2 inches of canola oil into a deep frying pan and heat it over medium-high heat.
  5. Dip the chicken pieces into the beaten eggs.
  6. Add the chicken chunks to the cornstarch mixture and toss until well coated. Work in batches.
  7. Cook it in batches in the hot oil until golden and crispy.
  8. Remove to a plate and set aside.
  9. Toss chicken with sauce. You may reserve some of the sauce to place on rice.
  10. Serve it with a sprinkling of green onion and sesame seeds, if so desired.
Calories: 567 Carbohydrates: 66 Protein: 52 Fat: 8 Saturated Fat: 2 Cholesterol: 226 Sodium: 1723 Potassium: 1002 Fiber: 0 Sugar: 29 Vitamin A: 325 Vitamin C: 33.6 Calcium: 50 Iron: 2.1
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Richard Tunner

I made this tonight, substituted a few things to make it gluten free, it takes fantastic! Thank you

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Susan Dubose

Great great, recipe. I made it tonight shared it with my family and they loved it. We really enjoyed it together .We can’t believe the ingredients would actually turn out to taste that great . Thank you very very much. Clean healthy anyone can cook at home meal. Great take out food taste with a boost and a low cost .

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Chrissie Baker

This looks beyond delicious !! I just fall in love with its name “firecracker chicken” and look. I want to make this ASAP for my family.

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Taylor

Absolutely love the flavor of this chicken! SO, so delicious!

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Jade Manning

These look mouthwatering and completely mind-blowing!!

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Melanie Bauer

Seriously drooling over this dish! I can make this anytime of the day, love it!

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Sara Welch

I know what I will be having for dinner tonight! This looks amazing; worthy of a restaurant, indeed!

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Erin | Dinners,Dishes and Dessert

This looks absolutely delicious! Yummy!

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