Firecracker Chicken

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It is so rare that I come across a recipe that actually pleases everyone in my family but this one is it, picky eaters and all eat this till their tummies about pop and then anxiously await leftovers the next day!  Trust me you can never make too much of this meal.  I have seriously contemplated making an entire 10 pound bag of chicken into this dish because I know my family would eat it till it is gone.  It uses ingredients most of us probably already have on hand (and are super cheap even if you don’t have them in your pantry already) and it does take a little time to prepare but I usually cut up my chicken earlier in the day to cut down on prep time when dinner time rolls around.

I have served this dinner to my whole family for a Sunday dinner and I have served it to friends and everyone just absolutely loves it and I know your family will too.  Soo please please give this a try for your dinner this week, I promise you it will make repeat appearances on your weekly menus!!

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Firecracker Chicken (adapted from Mel’s Kitchen)

Ingredients

Chicken:

2-4 tablespoons peanut or canola oil
3-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 2 pounds)
Salt and pepper
1 cup cornstarch
2 large eggs, beaten

Sauce:

1/3 cup hot sauce (I use Frank’s brand for hot wings since it is thicker)
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1 tablespoon water
2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. While the oil is heating, cut the chicken breasts into 1-inch pieces. Season with salt and pepper. Place the cornstarch in a gallon-sized ziploc bag. Put the chicken into the bag with the cornstarch and seal, tossing to coat the chicken. Whisk the eggs together in a shallow pie plate. Dip the cornstarch-coated chicken pieces in the egg and place them carefully in a single layer in the pant. Cook for 1-2 minutes and then flip each piece over to cook on the other side until nicely golden (does not need to be cooked through.) Place in a in a 9X13-inch baking dish (or aluminum pan for easier clean up) and repeat with the remaining chicken pieces.
  3. Mix the sauce ingredients together in a medium bowl and pour over the chicken in the baking dish. Bake for one hour, turning the chicken once or twice while cooking to coat evenly with sauce. (Watch very carefully as it can burn) Serve over rice.

Firecracker Chicken

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  1. avatar
    Jess says:
    May 7, 2013

    This looks amazing!

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    May 7, 2013

    The name alone brought me to your blog from Marvelous Mondays and it looks awesome. This is definitely a must try, thanks for sharing.
    -Natasha @ Lovely You

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    May 14, 2013

    Just wanted to let you know I’m featuring your chicken at the Hop this week:)!! Stop by soon to grab a button and link up something new:)! Alice @ The Owl’s Skull

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      Life With The Crust Cut Off says:
      May 14, 2013

      Ahhh!!!! Thank you so much!!!!!!!! Im so excited!!! :)

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        Lynne says:
        July 2, 2013

        This sounds delicious. The picture looks like it is chicken with rice??? What are the small chunks that look like rice particles??

        TFS

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          Life With The Crust Cut Off says:
          July 2, 2013

          Yes, it is best served over rice, so that is rice in the picture :) Thanks for stopping by!!

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          Lynne says:
          July 3, 2013

          How spicy hot does it turn out? Sounds like kids really like it too, so may not be hot.

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            Life With The Crust Cut Off says:
            July 3, 2013

            It turns out to be not too hot, not so spicy were downing milk lol. It does have a kick but you can add a little less hot sauce, dilute the hot sauce with some water if you reduce the amount, but overall not overwhelmingly spicy, like a hot wing, but you can taste the sauce before adding it and adjust as needed. WHen I make it sometimes I will make my Baked Sweet and Sour chicken for fans of not too spicy since the method is exactly the same except for the sauce, so I will just split the chicken in 2 batches and sauce them differently. Thanks!!! http://www.lifewiththecrustcutoff.com/baked-sweet-and-sour-chicken/

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    Anyonita says:
    June 9, 2013

    :O This looks amazing!!! I’ve not heard of firecracker chicken, but I like anything spicy! I’m going to have to try this one day when my husband won’t be eating; he HATES spicy food! Thank you so much for linking up with me this week at Tasty Tuesdays! I’ve pinned this & shared it with my followers!

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      Life With The Crust Cut Off says:
      June 10, 2013

      Thanks so much!!!!! My hubby is down with the spicy either but he eats this right up!! Its not too spicy due to all the brown sugar lol!

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      Life With The Crust Cut Off says:
      June 25, 2013

      Thank you for hosting!!!!

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    Michele says:
    June 25, 2013

    Oh wow. I’m going to have to try this. I’m going to pin it so I don’t forget. I found this post through Anyonita Nibbles’ Tasty Tuesday link party.

    Thanks for the tasty treat!

    Michele

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      Life With The Crust Cut Off says:
      June 25, 2013

      Thank you!!!!

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    Heather says:
    June 25, 2013

    I have a feeling my husband would love these! Thanks for linking up to Good Tastes Tuesday!

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      Life With The Crust Cut Off says:
      June 26, 2013

      Thanks!! And thank you for hosting!!!

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    Jen Nikolaus says:
    June 25, 2013

    This looks so yummy! I’m always looking for some good chicken recipes! Pinning to try soon!

    Best,
    Jen @ YummyHealthyEasy.com

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      Life With The Crust Cut Off says:
      June 26, 2013

      Thank you!!!!!

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      Life With The Crust Cut Off says:
      June 26, 2013

      Thanks!!!! Headed there now!!!

  8. avatar
    June 26, 2013

    Parrish~ Thanks for letting me feature this post in a guest blogger spot while I was on vacation. I’ve pinned this post.

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      Life With The Crust Cut Off says:
      June 27, 2013

      Thank you for letting me guest post! Thanks again, hope your vacation was great!!

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    June 27, 2013

    Looks and sounds good! Thanks for sharing your recipe at the Rock N Share! Hope to see you again soon. Blessings, D@TheShadyPorch

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      Life With The Crust Cut Off says:
      June 27, 2013

      Thanks!! Thank you for hosting!!

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      Life With The Crust Cut Off says:
      June 28, 2013

      Yay!!! Let me know how you like it!!

  10. avatar
    June 28, 2013

    This looks like a fabulous dish! I’m definitely bookmarking this recipe!

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      Life With The Crust Cut Off says:
      June 28, 2013

      Thank you!!!! :)

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      Life With The Crust Cut Off says:
      June 28, 2013

      Thanks!!!!! and thanks for hosting!! :)

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    2Momma2 says:
    June 28, 2013

    Mmm… Sounds delicious! I need to save this for a post-diet meal. Yum!

    Kristin
    ExploringDomesticity.blogspot.com

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      Life With The Crust Cut Off says:
      June 28, 2013

      Thanks!!!! :)

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    June 29, 2013

    Parrish, I saw this over on Best of the Weekend, and had to come over for a closer look! I love food with a hot kick- this sounds like something I would enjoy making AND eating! ;)

    Love, Joy

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      Life With The Crust Cut Off says:
      June 29, 2013

      Aww thanks so much!!! Thank you for coming by!!

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    June 29, 2013

    Parrish, this chicken sounds delish! Thank you so much for sharing and joining us at Best of the Weekend! Will be pinning to our party board. Have a wonderful weekend and hope to see you next Friday!

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      Life With The Crust Cut Off says:
      June 30, 2013

      Thank you!!! and thank you for hosting!!! I will for sure be back!!

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    Diane Balch says:
    June 29, 2013

    This is definitely a please everyone kinda of meal. I like that it has a little spice to it. Thank you for joining us at Foodie friday. Hope to see more of you.

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      Life With The Crust Cut Off says:
      June 30, 2013

      Thank you for hosting!!

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      Life With The Crust Cut Off says:
      June 30, 2013

      Thank you for hosting!!

    • avatar
      Life With The Crust Cut Off says:
      June 30, 2013

      Thanks for hosting!!!

  15. avatar
    June 30, 2013

    Oh YUM!!! Sounds wonderful!!
    Thanks so much for linking up to our “Best Of The Weekend” party! I have also pinned this to our BOTW party board and to another big board of mine!
    Have a great rest of your weekend and we hope to see you back at the party next week. :)
    xoxo

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    Karly says:
    June 30, 2013

    This looks so amazing! Thanks for linking up with What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!

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      Life With The Crust Cut Off says:
      July 1, 2013

      Thank you for hosting!!! And thank you so much for stopping by! :) Can’t wait to link up this week!

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    Gena says:
    June 30, 2013

    Looks yummy!
    –Gena

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      Life With The Crust Cut Off says:
      July 1, 2013

      Thanks!!!!

  18. avatar
    June 30, 2013

    It looks wonderful! Just how hot does the hot sauce make it though? My kids aren’t big fans of hot foods. Thanks for sharing on foodie friday

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      Life With The Crust Cut Off says:
      July 1, 2013

      The hot sauce does make it spicy but the brown sugar really mellows it out, you can use less hot sauce, a milder hot sauce or even sub a sweet chili sauce to give it a sweet and sour taste with a tiny hint of heat! When I make it at home I make the Firecracker Chicken for the adults and I make the kids since the method is the same but the sauce is different :)

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    Cathy says:
    July 2, 2013

    Looks delicious!

    Thanks so much for sharing at A Peek Into My Paradise TGIF Link Party! I can’t wait to see what you link up next week! I hope to see you at the (Not SO) Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop! http://apeekintomyparadise.blogspot.com/
    Have a terrific week!
    Hugs, Cathy

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      Life With The Crust Cut Off says:
      July 2, 2013

      Ill be there!! Thanks for hosting!!!

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    Anyonita says:
    July 2, 2013

    What delicious looking chicken! :) Thank you so much for linking up with me this week at Tasty Tuesdays! I’ve pinned this & shared it with my followers! Please be sure to stop back by the party and check out some of the other links!

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      Life With The Crust Cut Off says:
      July 2, 2013

      Thanks!!! And thanks sooooo much for hosting!!!

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    blue says:
    July 2, 2013

    Thank you for sharing! My family, young and old, love this :)

    • avatar
      Life With The Crust Cut Off says:
      July 2, 2013

      Thank you for stopping by!!! :)

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      Life With The Crust Cut Off says:
      July 2, 2013

      Thanks for hosting!!!

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    Krista Low says:
    July 3, 2013

    Yum! The sauce looks great with the cider vinegar and the brown sugar. I like the spice too to add some depth of flavor. This looks like a keeper :) Krista @ A Handful of Everything

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      Life With The Crust Cut Off says:
      July 3, 2013

      Thanks!!!! Hope you try it!!

  23. avatar
    July 3, 2013

    Wow this sounds and looks amazing! Thanks so much for sharing it with us at the Super Sunday Linky party, hope to see you again next week!

    • avatar
      Life With The Crust Cut Off says:
      July 3, 2013

      Thanks!!! Ill be there, thanks for hosting!!

    • avatar
      Life With The Crust Cut Off says:
      July 3, 2013

      Thank you soooo much and thanks for hosting!!!

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    nicole says:
    July 13, 2013

    I am cooking this dish for the second time this week!! Yes it is that good and a kiddo pleaser too. I have celiacs disease, so this is a special treat as it taste just like chinese chicken. I decided to alter the amount of chicken to the recipe, I only used a pound of chicken tenders cut up, and I added a frozen package of broccolli to add some veggies and make it more like the dish I would order at my favorite restaraunt. It is awesome no matter how you make it! Thanks again for this wonderful recipe.

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      Life With The Crust Cut Off says:
      July 15, 2013

      Yay!!! I am soo glad you like it! Hmm..adding veggies to it is genius!!! Thanks for coming by!!!

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