Firecracker Chicken with Rice

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.

The trick is twofold: For starters, the chicken is coated in cornstarch and egg before a quick pan-fry (it’s less messy and greasy than deep-frying). And the sauce is a simple combination of condiments you likely already have in your kitchen, so it comes together on the stovetop in practically no time at all.

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1½ pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, chopped

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

⅓ cup cornstarch

2 large eggs

¼ cup vegetable oil


1 tablespoon unsalted butter

3 garlic cloves, minced

¼ cup sriracha

¼ teaspoon unseasoned rice vinegar

3 tablespoons light brown sugar

½ teaspoon crushed red-pepper flakes

1 bunch scallions, thinly sliced, divided

Sesame seeds and 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. In a medium bowl, crack the eggs and whisk to combine.

2. In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. When the oil is hot, 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: Meanwhile, 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 scallions. Bring the mixture to a simmer, stirring constantly, 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 scallions. Serve with the rice.

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