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Firecracker Chicken Recipe

Firecracker Chicken

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!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Keyword Firecracker Chicken
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 567kcal
Author Catalina Castravet



  • 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


  • Green Onions
  • Sesame Seeds


  • In a medium bowl combine all the SAUCE ingredients and set aside.
  • In a large, shallow bowl, whisk cornstarch flour, salt, and black pepper.
  • Add beaten eggs to another bowl.
  • Pour about 2 inches of canola oil into a deep frying pan and heat it over medium-high heat.
  • Dip the chicken pieces into the beaten eggs.
  • Add the chicken chunks to the cornstarch mixture and toss until well coated. Work in batches.
  • Cook it in batches in the hot oil until golden and crispy.
  • Remove to a plate and set aside.
  • Toss chicken with sauce. You may reserve some of the sauce to place on rice.
  • Serve it with a sprinkling of green onion and sesame seeds, if so desired.



Calories: 567kcal | Carbohydrates: 66g | Protein: 52g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 226mg | Sodium: 1723mg | Potassium: 1002mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 325IU | Vitamin C: 33.6mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 2.1mg