Firecracker Chicken

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This Firecracker Chicken is sweet, spicy and adds a nice kick to your meal. The chicken is super tender and juicy!

Serve this restaurant worthy dish with a side of Easy Fried Rice, Vegetable Egg Rolls and Cream Cheese Wontons for a meal you’ll have on repeat.

Sweet and Spicy perfect homemade Firecracker Chicken.

Firecracker Chicken Recipe

This is a perfect marriage of sweet and spicy. It’s not too hot and it’s not too sweet. The chicken is flash fried so the outside browns beautifully. Then it finishes cooking as it marinates in the sauce. The sauce will thicken beautifully as it cooks. It is just so GOOD!

This is such an easy recipe as well. It takes time, but it’s so worth it. It comes together quickly then finishes in the oven while you get the rest of what you need to done. You will not regret trying this. You’ll give up take out and it’s better for you too. Give it a try tonight!

Baked Firecracker Chicken Ingredients

The sauce is a perfect balance of heat and sweet and that will knock your taste buds off, but not burn them off.  Your family and loved ones are going to love this!

  • Canola oil: Just enough to flash fry the chicken in.
  • Chicken Breasts: Boneless skinless make prepping a breeze.
  • Salt and Pepper: Add to taste
  • Cornstarch: Cannot sub for flour, this is the secret to amazing coating
  • Eggs: Well beaten

Making the Sauce! 

  • Buffalo Sauce: Use your favorite brand, if you want it really spicy use a hot sauce like Frank’s brand
  • Brown Sugar:This brings the sweet to the fire.
  • Water: Helps dissolve the sugar
  • Apple Cider Vinegar: Needed for that tang
  • Salt:Creates a balance in the sauce
  • Red pepper Flakes: These add extra heat, leave out if you want to

How to Make Easy Firecracker Chicken

It’s so easy and tastes so much better than take out. Now take out begins at home!

  1. Prepare: Preheat oven to 325 and cut the chicken into bite sized pieces. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Bowls: In two separate bowls place the cornstarch, the beaten eggs. dip chicken into cornstarch then coat in egg mixture.
  3. Flash-Fry: Heat the oil in a large skillet on medium high heat. Cook the chicken till just the outside is browned. Place in a greased 9×13 pan.
  4. Sauce: In a separate bowl mix the ingredients for the sauce, pour over the chicken.
  5. Bake: Bake for 1 hour. Stirring every 15 minutes.


Cutting and dredging Firecracker Chicken.

Trust Me on these Tips!

This is the same method as my Baked Sweet and Sour Chicken so it shares my same tips.

  1. Method to the Madness: Make sure you first coat your chicken in the cornstarch and then the egg. This method makes the perfect breading for the chicken.
  2. Fast: Do not cook the chicken all the way through before baking.  You just want to get the chicken lightly brown on the outside, and then it bakes to perfection.
  3. Low and Slow: Baking the chicken at a low temperature will not over cook the chicken. This helps to cook the chicken all the way through and thicken up the sauce.

Flash frying and pouring sauce over Firecracker Chicken.

More Hints and Helps for a Perfect Firecracker Chicken Dish

  • Spice: You can take the heat up or down depending on your tastes. Use hot sauce or sriracha for a hotter dish. Use a buffalo sauce for a milder heat.
  • Vegetables: Add peppers, broccoli or other vegetables to the baking for variety.
  • Fruit: Add some pineapple chunks to help with the heat and give it a bit more sweetness
  • Chicken: Cut the Chicken into even bite sized pieces so it’ll cook evenly. Using thighs might result in uneven cooking as light and dark meat cook differently.
  • Pork: This recipe would also work perfectly with pork.
  • Saucey:  If you like your dish saucey, double the sauce recipe and place half on the chicken and another half on the stove in a pot at a simmer for 8-10 min till thickened.
  • Serve:  This dish is perfect on a bed of rice, stir fried veggies, quinoa or over a bed of lettuce for an Asian inspired salad.

Sweet and Spicy perfect homemade Firecracker Chicken.

Storing Firecracker Chicken Leftovers

  • Fridge: Place leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3-4 days.
  • Freezer: This can be frozen too. Just place in a freezer safe container or bag and freeze for up to 3 months.
  • Reheat: Sweet and Sour Chicken is best reheated on the stove. Reheating it in the microwave can make the chicken rubbery and overcooked. Place leftovers in pan on the stove top and heat on medium heat, stirring often, till heated through

Sweet and Spicy perfect homemade Firecracker Chicken over rice.


More Easy Homemade Asian Inspiration

Firecracker Chicken

5 from 5 votes
Amazing restaurant quality chicken that has just the right amount of sweet and the right amount of spice!
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings: 6 Servings


  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 4 chicken breasts boneless skinless
  • Salt
  • pepper
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 2 large eggs beaten


  • 1/3 cup buffalo sauce if you like more heat use hot sauce, like Frank's brand
  • 1 1/4 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Cut chicken breasts into bite-sized pieces and season with salt and pepper.
  • In separate bowls, place cornstarch and slightly beaten eggs. Dip chicken into cornstarch then coat in egg mixture. I have also found that you can put the cornstarch in a gallon sized bag and shake the chicken to coat.
  • Heat canola oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat and cook chicken until browned. Place the chicken in a 9 x 13 greased baking dish.
  • In a medium sized mixing bowl, buffalo sauce, brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, water, salt and red pepper flakes. Pour over chicken and bake for 1 hour.
  • I stirred the chicken every 15 minutes so that it coated them in the sauce.


Updated on November 4, 2020
Originally Posted on August 6, 2013


Serves: 6

Calories531kcal (27%)Carbohydrates65g (22%)Protein34g (68%)Fat15g (23%)Saturated Fat2g (10%)Cholesterol151mg (50%)Sodium815mg (34%)Potassium639mg (18%)Fiber1g (4%)Sugar45g (50%)Vitamin A149IU (3%)Vitamin C2mg (2%)Calcium54mg (5%)Iron1mg (6%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Asian American
Keyword asian chicken, chicken recipes, firecraker chicken
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Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. I made this recipe last night with your veggie fried rice recipe. It was AMAZING! We were craving Chinese take out but we wanted a healthier alternative. This was perfect. It tasted better than take out! I will be coming back to this recipe in the future!

  2. I’ve made this and the baked honey sesame chicken a couple times. I keep overcooking the chicken to the point that it’s too dry. The glaze is delicious but the texture of the chicken is just too dry. I’ve already attempted to not cook the chicken as long in the pan before baking. I was thinking maybe I’m baking it too long? Any tips?

    1. I make a similar thing in my wok. I cook up the sauce separately in a saucepan on the side, low and slow until it is thickened. Then I fry up the chicken in my wok in batches. Set it drain on a paper towel. When all the chicken is done, I throw it back in the wok, turn the heat up and toss it around in the thickened sauce.

      Another thing I like to do with this chinese style fried chicken pieces is toss it in different sauces. You can do barbq sauce, kicked up with Tabasco and a generous knob of butter. Akin to barbq wings. Or try wing sauce and a knob of butter and you get little hot wing bites.

      If you want this dish to look fancy, sprinkle it with sesame seed and scallion when serving. The green and white look gorgeous next to the bright orange.

  3. This looks amazing and I plan on cooking this tonight for my picky family. My question is, after looking at the directions do you really coat it in the cornstarch and then egg? How does that work? Iv never done anything like this before and I’m a little intimidated by that method

  4. Made this for dinner tonight and it was a hit! My husband and I both loved it so thanks for a great recipe!

  5. I tried this recipe……DELICIOUS!!!! WAY WAY better than what you would get at a restaurant.

  6. Made this last night, delicious with a hit of spicy! I used Frank’s Buffalo sauce. Served with rice and roasted brocoli. This is going into my recipe file. Thanks!

  7. Have you ever hear the phrase “Taste so good, makes you wanna slap your mama!!!” I wanted to slap myself repeatedly last night when I made this. OH.MY.GOD!!!! Best chicken recipe I have ever made! I added fresh garlic to the sauce and powdered garlic to the raw chicken because I can’t cook without garlic and man, I swear it took this recipe to another level. My husband was in a food coma for a few hours LOL! Thanks so much!!!

  8. How much buffalo sauce? There is a glitch that is making the amount look like a little box. It just says *box* cup buffalo.

  9. Made this recipe & it was great, almost addictive. Next time I may add a bit of OJ concentrate & a bit more hot sauce & chili flakes. This is definitely a keeper.

  10. I subscribe to your recipe blog and we absolutely love this recipe! Even my husband who is a “meat and potatoes” guy thought this was the best. I didn’t have buffalo sauce, so I looked up a recipe on the web and made it from scratch. This dish is A+ and definitely a keeper.

  11. Made this last night and it was fantastic. I didn’t have any buffalo sauce so I substituted bbq sauce with sriracha. Next time I will add more sriracha as it was more sweet than spicy but my husband didn’t mind. A real hit that we’ll make again.

  12. Have been making this for my family for some time now. Everyone loves it! Especially my son who loves spicy food! Definitely one of our faves. Wondering if anyone has tried making this in a crock pot? Keep the recipes coming! My family thanks you!!!

  13. Disclaimer “im a restaurant chef” this recipe is awesome! Other than tweaking the ingredients a little considering i was makimg it for 3 people, and the cook time needed to be reduced a lot, this was a 5 star dish. I used Sriracha considering its a “asian” dish and a little texas petes. Just making the sauce i was trying to find thing in my kitchen to dip in it. Other than that i would suggest put some salt, pepper, and a little Cayenne pepper in with the flour cornstarch mix. Thanks for sharing this recipe, it will definitely be one of my easy go to asian dishes after a long days work!!! Ps to spice it up a little more, add some of the sauce to your rice. Cook on!! ?

  14. I just made this for the 4th time tonight! I used Frank’s regular red hot sauce the first few times and it tasted amazing. I’m trying Frank’s buffalo hot sauce this time and the sauce tastes the same, less spicy, if anything. This is one of my family’s favorite meals. Thank you for sharing!

  15. ive made the firecracker chicken recipe a few times. its soooo good! i seriously could eat this everyday! next time, id like to try it on pork chops, or even shrimp.

  16. We literally, just got done eating this! It is fantastic! My husband would not stop raving or eating. lol He just yelled from the front room, “Dam that was good Sherri.” 🙂 I am in total agreement. I had just the right amount of “kick” without being overpowering. This recipe is FIRE!
    Thank you so much for making me the star Chef tonight and for sharing this wonderful recipe! Definitely checking out the rest of your recipes. 😉

  17. Made the firecracker chicken and my son said it was by far his favorite dinner. Need to make it once a week. My husband said this is a keeper for sure! Had it with the easy fried rice. ?Thanks so much.

  18. Love this recipe. It’s super easy to make and my parents seem to enjoy it. I know I do.
    Thanks bunches.

  19. Posting this in 2019 because that is when I found it. I made this tonight and it was truly delicious. I did use chicken thighs for a moister chicken and the only other change I made was to add a few shakes of hot chili oil to the firecracker sauce. The flavor combinations in this are truly great. Thank you for this recipe, it will be made again, and again!

  20. It takes my a super long time to pan fry each individual 1-inch piece of chicken- any tips on how to cut down this time? Can I use larger pieces of chicken to fry and then cut them into 1-inch pieces afterwards?

    1. Yes, you can use a larger piece but then it will not have to coating wrapped around the chicken. You can pan fry all of it at the same time. It will evenly fry them. It should take about 8-10 minutes to fry them.

  21. I made the Firecracker chicken tonight along with your fried rice recipe, and my won ton soup. Big hit! The chicken is delicious, and as far as the rice…hubby liked it better than my more complicated recipe. Hit with me! Can’t wait to try more recipes.

  22. 5 stars
    My husband and I thought this was delicious! He said it’s his favorite chicken recipe I’ve ever made. It worked really well doing cornstarch then egg. I used two large chicken breasts and there was a bit of extra sauce but we didn’t mind since we served the chicken over rice. I cut the chicken into smaller pieces than is shown in the photos. I baked for 30 minutes and am glad I didn’t bake longer. Will definitely make again!

  23. 5 stars
    As I was actually almost to stop, I got here across your material.
    As well as oh boy did I fix my issue! Those depth and understanding of the subject you possess is actually truly uncommon right now!

    I really can not stand meaningless material which is absolutely not this!

  24. I’ve tried at least five recipes for firecracker chicken but this is by far the best. It was so good I had to leave a comment! Served it over jasmine rice and it was a hit! This is a dish that will now be in my meal rotation.

    Thank you.

  25. 5 stars
    This dish was fantastic! Used the same sauce and steamed some green beans, carrot, and an onion. Added the veggies to my bowl with the meat and rice and man o man was it good. Thanks for sharing.

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