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Firecracker Chicken with Rice
Firecracker Chicken with Rice
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

Shocker: We’re really into low-maintenance weeknight recipes. Because getting every single pot and pan dirty on a Tuesday night isn’t exactly our idea of fun. What is? This sweet, spicy and delightfully sticky firecracker chicken with rice that’s on the table in under an hour. 

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4 servings


2 large eggs

1½ pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, chopped

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

⅓ cup cornstarch

¼ cup vegetable oil


1 tablespoon unsalted butter

3 garlic cloves, minced

¼ cup sriracha

¼ teaspoon rice vinegar

3 tablespoons brown sugar

½ teaspoon crushed red-pepper flakes

1 bunch green onions, thinly sliced, divided

Sesame seeds, for serving

Steamed rice, for serving

1. Make the Chicken: In a large bowl, season the chicken with salt and pepper. Add the cornstarch and toss well to coat. Crack the eggs into a medium bowl and beat to combine.

2. In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Dip each piece of chicken into the egg and then add to the skillet.

3. Cook the chicken, turning a few times, until each piece is evenly golden brown and fully cooked, 7 to 9 minutes.

4. Make the Sauce: Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the garlic and sauté until fragrant, about 1 minute.

5. Add the sriracha, rice vinegar, brown sugar, crushed red-pepper flakes and half of the green onions. Bring the mixture to a simmer, stirring continuously, and cook for 1 minute; remove from the heat.

6. When the chicken is done cooking, transfer it from the pan to a large bowl. Add the sauce, and toss well to combine.

7. Garnish with the sesame seeds and remaining green onions. Serve with the rice.


406 calories

21g fat

10g carbs

42g protein

0g sugars 


66 calories

3g fat

10g carbs

1g protein

7g g sugars

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