Thursday, 25 August 2016

Firecracker Chicken

Firecracker Chicken



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It's been ages since I cooked my last Chinese recipe, in fact my last Chinese dish was a delicious one pot meal named Prawn Stir Fried Rice. So since my latest Chinese cooking venture was a hit, I planned on making another Chinese recipe that would fire up my family's taste buds.

Yes! Firecracker chicken meets all the parameters of such a great tasting recipe that is not only fiery but also sweet at the same time. Firecracker chicken is not only rich in umami taste but is pretty straightforward and easy to make.

While searching for Firecracker chicken recipe. I found out that all the recipes called for a lot of sugar ranging form 3/4 cups to 1/4 cup. Personally, I am against the idea of consuming sugar for my main meal. I mean why did we ever create such a wide variety of desserts if they were meant to be incorporated into our savoury recipes. It's like adding chilli powder into cake! That's my personal opinion and you don't have to agree with me. A dessert is a desert so let it be where it should be!

So for the simple reason stated above I am not adding any sugar and I mean precisely no sugar in this recipe. I hope my Chinese buddies will forgive me for making this change. Any one can add sugar to this recipe if they like to, but you won't find it in the ingredient list.


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Instead of sugar I have used ketchup because it already contains some sugar so you will still get the to die for sweet and savoury taste characteristic of the Firecracker chicken. The ketchup adds some thickness as well as sweetness and taste to the Firecracker chicken  recipe. For the zing I have used some buffalo sauce. People who don't like a lot of spice in this dish can adjust the amount of chillies according to their personal liking.

I am sure you will like my recipe for Firecracker Chicken so gather the ingredients and follow the steps given below to prepare this Chinese dish.




IngredientsQuantity
boneless chicken750g
buffalo sauce4 tbsp
corn flour2 tbsp
vegetable oil4 tbsp
soy sauce2 tbsp
red chilli flakes1 1/2 tsp
ketchup 4 tbsp
apple cider vinegar 2 tsp
bell peppers deseeded and sliced2 medium
onions cut into wedges or slices1 medium
sugar snap peas (ends trimmed)160 g
saltto taste
spring onions chopped 2-3
 fresh red chilli for garnish (optional)1
boiled jasmine rice for servingas needed


Marinate the chicken pieces with salt, soy sauce, buffalo sauce and 1/2 tsp red chilli flakes and corn flour.

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 Fry the chicken pieces in half the oil and cook till tender and cooked through. Once cooked remove the chicken from the pan and set aside. 

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Now add the trimmed sugar snap peas. Cook for 30 seconds.


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Separately saute the sliced bell peppers and onions with the rest of the oil and add to the chicken.



Add the apple cider vinegar 2 tbsps of buffalo sauce, ketchup, and 1 tsp red chilli flakes. Cook for 3-4 minutes until the chicken and vegetables are coated with the sauce ingredients. Garnish with fresh red chillies and spring onions. Serve with boiled jasmine rice.

Buon Appetito!



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Fire Cracker Chicken
This hot and spicy Fire Cracker Chicken is a Chinese main dish that is jam packed with flavourful ingredients.
Ingredients
  • 750g boneless chicken
  • 4 tbsps buffalo sauce
  • 2 tbsps cornflour
  • 4 tbsps vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsps soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tsp red chilli flakes
  • 4 tbsps ketchup
  • 2 tbsps apple cider vinegar
  • 2 medium bell peppers deseeded and sliced
  • 1 medium onions cut into wedges or slices
  • 160g sugar snap peas (trimmed)
  • to taste salt
  • 2-3 spring onions chopped
  • 1 fresh red chillies for garnish (optional)
  • as needed boiled jasmine rice for serving
Instructions
Marinate the chicken pieces with salt, soy sauce, buffalo sauce and 1/2 tsp red chilli flakes and corn flour. Fry the chicken pieces in half the oil and cook till tender and cooked through. Once cooked remove the chicken from the pan and set aside. Now add the trimmed sugar snap peas. Cook for 30 seconds. Separately saute the sliced bell peppers and onions with the rest of the oil and add to the chicken.Add the apple cider vinegar 2 tbsps of buffalo sauce, ketchup, and 1 tsp red chilli flakes. Cook for 3-4 minutes until the chicken and vegetables are coated with the sauce ingredients. Garnish with fresh red chillies and spring onions. Serve with boiled jasmine rice.
Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 6-8
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