Firecracker Chicken on rice in white bowl.

Firecracker Chicken

This Firecracker Chicken is made with breaded chicken baked in sweet and spicy sauce. Serve it with rice or with veggies to make stir fry! 

Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian
Keyword firecracker chicken
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 340 kcal
Author Anna


for the chicken:

  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast or thighs
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

for the sauce:

  • 1/2 cup hot sauce
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1.5 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes optional
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  1. Cut chicken into bite size pieces. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk egg. Add cornstarch and whisk until smooth.
  3. Heat up oil in a skillet. Dip each chicken pieces in cornstarch mixture, then fry in the pan on both sides. It does not have to cook through, just brown on each side. Repeat with each chicken pieces. It is better to do it in batches.
  4. Place chicken in a 10" x 7" baking dish.
  5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  6. In a medium bowl, whisk together hot sauce, sugar, vinegar and salt.
  7. Pour the sauce over chicken. Stir gently to make sure each piece is coated with sauce.
  8. Bake for 30 minutes. The sauce will thicken and will be sticky.
  9. Serve chicken over rice, garnished with chopped green onions and sprinkled with red pepper flakes.

Recipe Notes

  1. Please note, that the nutrition value can vary depending on what product you use. The information below is an estimate. Always use calorie counter you are familiar with.
  2. To make ahead: bake the chicken, then cool and store in the fridge for up to 4 days. The sauce will thicken even more during chilling so you may need to add a little bit of water during reheating.
Nutrition Facts
Firecracker Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 340 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 113mg38%
Sodium 1534mg67%
Potassium 515mg15%
Carbohydrates 33g11%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 27g30%
Protein 26g52%
Vitamin A 216IU4%
Vitamin C 24mg29%
Calcium 35mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.