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This is a bowl of firecracker chicken. There is a cream colored bowl with white rice and chunks of bright orange chicken on top. On the chicken is cut green onions and red pepper flakes. A pair of chopsticks is to the right of the bowl.
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5 from 27 votes

Firecracker Chicken

This firecracker chicken recipe is an easy, homemade dish that's incredibly delicious and more nutritious than takeout!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time4 hrs
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: firecracker chicken, slow cooker
Servings: 4
Calories: 327kcal
Author: Jordan Smith


  • Slow Cooker


  • 1.5 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut into 1 inch cubes
  • ¼ cup corn starch


  • ½ cup buffalo hot sauce
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp garlic powder

Optional Garnishes

  • green onions chopped
  • sesame seeds
  • red pepper flakes


  • Gather all ingredients.
  • Cut the chicken breasts into 1 inch cubes.
  • Add ¼ cup corn starch to a bowl. Coat the chicken with the corn starch.
  • To make in a slow cooker:
    Spray the slow cooker with a cooking oil. Add the coated chicken cubes to the slow cooker.Make the sauce by mixing all of the ingredients together in a bowl.Pour the sauce over the chicken in the slow cooker. Cook on low for 4 hours or until the internal temperature of the chicken is 165 degrees.
  • To make on a stove:
    Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cover the skillet with cooking spray. Cook for about 10 minutes or until chicken is 165 degrees internally. Add half of the sauce mixture to the skillet and stir. After 30 seconds, turn the heat to low so that the chicken and sauce can simmer together for about 4 minutes. Stir occasionally. Repeat with the other half of the chicken and sauce.
  • Stir and serve with green onions, sesame seeds, and additional red pepper flakes. Enjoy!


Calories: 327kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 109mg | Sodium: 1001mg | Potassium: 703mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 248IU | Vitamin C: 25mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg