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crispy firecracker chicken

Firecracker Chicken Breast

Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins

Firecracker Chicken Breast is made with tender white meat coated in a delicious sweet and spicy sauce.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Chinese
Keyword: Firecracker Chicken Breast
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 768 kcal
Author: Catalina Castravet


  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 red bell pepper cut into 1" chunks
  • 1 yellow bell pepper cut into 1" chunks
  • 1/2 cup Thai sweet chili sauce
  • 6 pieces whole dry chili peppers or more
  • 1 teaspoon minced ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes or more
  • 2 tablespoons black beans washed
  • 1 small onion sliced into 1/3 inch wedges
  • 2 green onions thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 pounds chicken breasts boneless and skinless - cut into 1" chunks
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 large eggs beaten
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon hoisin sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup water


  1. Pat dry the chicken, cut it into 1' pieces and lightly season it with salt and some pepper.
  2. Place a large non-stick skillet or wok over medium-high heat and add vegetable oil.
  3. In a shallow bowl whisk together the flour and cornstarch. Set aside.
  4. Add the beaten eggs to another shallow bowl.
  5. Once the oil starts shimmering, dredge the chicken pieces in the flour mix, dip into beaten eggs, then dredge in flour mix again, shake excess.

  6. Add chicken to the skillet, and cook until golden and crispy, about 2 minutes on each side. Work in batches, do not add too many chicken pieces to the pan.
  7. Once fried, transfer to a paper towel-lined plate. Repeat with the remaining chicken.
  8. Discard the vegetable oil and wipe clean the skillet.
  9. Place the skillet back over medium-high heat and add the sesame oil.
  10. Once shimmering, add the bell peppers, chili peppers, and onion, stir and cook for about 3-4 minutes.
  11. Add the ginger, garlic, and black beans and cook for 30 seconds.
  12. Add the Thai sweet chili sauce, stir and cook for about 1-2 minutes.

  13. Mix the Sauce ingredients in a bowl and add to the pan, stir and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  14. Add back the chicken, stir well, and cook for another 2 minutes.

  15. Serve with rice.

Nutrition Facts

Firecracker Chicken Breast
Amount Per Serving
Calories 768 Calories from Fat 387
% Daily Value*
Fat 43g66%
Saturated Fat 25g156%
Cholesterol 227mg76%
Sodium 1855mg81%
Potassium 1140mg33%
Carbohydrates 60g20%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 22g24%
Protein 58g116%
Vitamin A 1275IU26%
Vitamin C 99mg120%
Calcium 48mg5%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.