Firecracker Chicken

Ready to liven up your chicken game… try Firecracker Chicken!!  Chicken is a staple on my dinner menu.  It is quick, easy and lean…but sometimes it can be kinda boring…that is until now.  Firecracker Chicken is the perfect dinner option for tonight.

One pan (& a bowl)…done

Not only is this chicken super yummy, but it is also super easy.  All you need is a bowl to whisk the sauce together and then an oven safe skillet and voila your done.    

I don’t know about you but that makes me a happy girl.

A spicy as you want

Being that the name is Firecracker Chicken there is a bit of heat in this chicken dish, but you can make it as spicy (or not as you want).    The heat can come from the seasoning you use and also the hot sauce you add to the sauce.  

To eliminate the heat all together you can use salt & pepper to season the chicken with and then leave out the hot sauce all together.  If doing that I would add in a little balsamic vinegar to give the sauce a little more balance as the brown sugar does make it really sweet without the heat.

To add some extra heat to it you can use a chili powder based seasoning and then some extra hot sauce or a second hot sauce of your choice such as buffalo sauce or chipotle sauce.


In my opinion the sauce is everything.  I made sure to have some bread on hand to get every last bit of sauce off my plate.  It was either bread or licking the plate, I thought bread was the better option but you do whatever you want…I won’t judge you.

This sauce would also be great on fish, pasta or pork.  To fix it just combine all the ingredients in a sauce pan and let it come to a boil and then reduce to a simmer, letting it reduce and thicken.


Dinner Time

4 servings


A sweet and spicy chicken dish that comes together in no time making this a dish that a must make this week.

5 minPrep Time

30 minCook Time

35 minTotal Time

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4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 tablespoon course all purpose seasoning
2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
2/3 cup brown sugar
3 tablespoons hot sauce
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
1/3 cup water


Preheat oven to 400
Season chicken on both sides with course all purpose seasoning
In an oven safe skillet heat heat olive oil over medium heat
Cook chicken on each side for 2-3 minutes, or until slightly browned
While chicken is browning whisk remaining ingredients in a medium bowl until well combined
Pour brown sugar sauce over browned chicken and place into oven
Cook for an additional 15-20 minutes or until chicken is just cooked through, making sure to not over cook it
Remove and let stand for 5 minutes before severing, spooning sauce over chicken as you serve it


Add more hot sauce for a spicier version or less for a more kid friendly option



1106 cal


17 g


143 g


105 g
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Dinner in no time

Trust me this is the perfect dinner for tonight.  It is quick, easy & so good.  Serve it with these Crispy Brussels Sprouts or over rice for a dinner everyone will love.

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