Firecracker Chicken

Firecracker Chicken

This recipe is guaranteed to turn up the heat

I have been seeing this recipe all over the internet and decided to give it a try. I tweaked the sauce to give it a little extra flavor and the results were delicious. My husband is not a fan of buffalo chicken so I was a little nervous about whether he would like this dish but he loved it. The brown sugar mellows the buffalo sauce to create a sweet and spicy dish that is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

If you’re looking for an easy and delicious chicken recipe that has some spice to it this is it. Chicken breast or tenders are cut into pieces and then coated with corn starch before being dipped in egg and lightly fried in vegetable oil. The chicken is then tossed with a spicy sauce before baking in the oven for 20 minutes. Just the right amount of time to make some perfect Jasmine rice to serve the Firecracker Chicken over. This recipe is medium spicy so add more chili flakes if you like your food very spicy or add less (or none) to keep the dish more mild.

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Firecracker Chicken

A spicy-sweet chicken recipe that's easy and flavorful
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time40 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken, chicken tenders, entree
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 388kcal


  • 1.5 lb boneless chicken breast or tenders
  • cup corn starch
  • 3 eggs beaten
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • ¾ cup buffalo sauce I like Frank's
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ tsp ginger powder
  • tsp red chili flakes
  • 2 scallions cleaned and thinly sliced


  • In a bowl, mix together buffalo sauce, brown sugar, vinegar, ginger and chili flakes and set aside
  • Preheat oven to 325
  • Cut chicken into 1½ inch pieces
  • Mix chicken with corn starch and place in a colander to shake off extra corn starch
  • Heat oil in a pan over medium high
  • Quickly dip chicken pieces in egg and place in a single layer in pan
  • Sauté chicken for a few minutes per side until light brown. Chicken will not be fully cooked at this point
  • Remove chicken from pan and place on a paper towel to remove extra oil
  • Place chicken in a 9 x 13 baking dish and pour sauce over chicken
  • Toss chicken in sauce and place in oven for 20 minutes. Tossing once during cooking time
  • Remove from oven and top with sliced scallions


To make this recipe less spicy leave the red chili flakes out or increase the brown sugar. To make the sauce spicier add more chili flakes.


Serving: 1serving | Sodium: 986mg | Calcium: 51mg | Vitamin C: 2mg | Vitamin A: 248IU | Sugar: 27g | Fiber: 1g | Potassium: 720mg | Cholesterol: 232mg | Calories: 388kcal | Trans Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Fat: 8g | Protein: 40g | Carbohydrates: 37g | Iron: 2mg