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Bang Bang Chicken the most amazing and delicious appetizer that will leave you begging for more.

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Updated 1/6/2012: If you printed the below recipe prior to 1/6/2012, you will need to reprint. There was an ingredient typo that has now been fixed. Thank you & sorry! :)

Bang bang!

This chicken dish lives up to its name. It’s BANGIN’ good. Like, out of this universe amazing. It’s an appetizer that I guarantee you’ll hear cries for more. I hear this is a copycat recipe to Bonefish’s Bang Bang Shrimp appetizer. I’ve never eaten there before so I don’t know how similar this is to the real thing, but who cares? It’s freaking delicious and probably healthier for you too since it’s not deep fried.

Story behind this recipe: I was on Pinterest (who isn’t?) and was surfing the food section and I came across this beautiful picture of shrimp in a bowl. Literally, could’ve eaten those little shrimps (shrimp?) from the screen. Curious, I clicked on it, and it took me to a blog called, Fake Ginger. Little did I know, this blog lead me to Amanda, who is the author of Fake Ginger (Hi Amanda!!). Amanda is a sweet mother to three boys and she has some kick-ass food on her website, one of which being the Bang Bang Shrimp. I commented on her post saying that I’m dying to make this but I’d rather try it with chicken instead, she told me to let her know how it was. This was back in October. I just now got around to making it and I’m totally kicking myself for that because had I stuck to the original plan of making it in October, I probably would’ve made this dish 5 more times already. I’m so glad I stumbled upon Amanda and her creation on Pinterest. We share the same love in the kitchen and as well as watching trashy TV shows on Bravo and having endless Twitter chats about them :)

I love the breading on the chicken and the super spicy sauce that’s coated into every nook and cranny on this chicken. It’s seriously the best appetizer to have for when you have friends over for a football game, or you can be like Jason and I and ate it as a main entree with a side of white rice. This is a little tedious in how you make it, since the breading takes a while, but honestly, you won’t regret it. The second you put a piece of this chicken in your mouth, you’ll instantly thank yourself for sticking through the process :)

bang bang chicken
Recipe type: Appetizer
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Serves: 2-4 as an appetizer
  • 5 chicken tenderloins, cubed
  • For the sauce:
  • ½ cup mayo
  • 5 tsp. Sriracha sauce
  • 1 tsp. granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. rice vinegar
  • For the egg mixture:
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • ½ cup milk
  • For the breading:
  • ½ cup all purpose flour
  • ½ cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp ground pepper
  • ¼ tsp. garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp. dried basil
  1. Prepare a plate lined with paper towels for the chicken after it’s done cooking in the oil. Set aside.
  2. Combine all the ingredients for the sauce and set aside.
  3. In a small, shallow dish, combine the egg and milk. Set aside.
  4. In another shallow dish, combine the ingredients for the breading. Set aside.
  5. Bread the chicken cubes by first coating it in the bread mixture then the egg wash then back in the breading. Put the coated chicken cubes on a plate. Continue until all the chicken have been breaded.
  6. Pop the plate of chicken in the fridge for about 20 minutes. It’ll help the breading stick to the chicken.
  7. In a large skillet, add a thin layer of vegetable oil and place over medium high heat.
  8. Once the oil is glistening, add in the chicken (I did it in 2 batches so you don’t overcrowd the pan) and cook the chicken until it’s cooked through & the breading is nice and crispy brown.
  9. Once the first batch is done, put the cooked chicken on the prepared plate with the paper towel. Continue with the second batch and once that’s cooked, add that to the prepared plate.
  10. In a large bowl, put in your cooked chicken and pour the sauce all over. Toss well to coat every bite.
Source: adapted from Fake Ginger




  1. 01/04/2012 at 7:09 am

    Wowzers, this sounds amazing! I love the spicy sauce and bet it works so well with the crispy chicken. This will definitely be on my dinner table soon! Love it!

  2. 01/04/2012 at 7:32 am

    This sounds awesome. Great move with the chicken too!

  3. 01/04/2012 at 7:48 am

    Wow this looks great! Need to try this one.

    Happy 2012

    : )

  4. 01/04/2012 at 9:18 am

    You had me at Sriracha…this looks soooo good!

  5. 01/04/2012 at 9:28 am

    This looks incredible! Seriously amazing. I think I am going to make this later this week. …… or…….. maybe even tonight!

  6. 01/04/2012 at 9:29 am

    Okay – if it’s as tasty as it is fun to say – I’m so IN!! And that sauce? Ben would be tripping all over himself for…
    On the menu it goes! ~Megan

  7. Angell Bes
    01/04/2012 at 9:33 am

    I am going to have to try this. I had already planned on adapting the bang bang shrimp to chicken too because there is a sushi restaurant back home that has ‘kicken chicken’ that is A M A Z I N G! And wondered if this may be like it. I can’t wait to try! YUM!

  8. 01/04/2012 at 9:41 am

    Uhhhh, omg. I love this!

  9. 01/04/2012 at 10:08 am

    I need this in my life like now! It’s like PF Changs in your kitchen, but I’m sure even better!

    • 01/04/2012 at 1:13 pm

      I’m POSITIVE it’s even better — only because I’m not a fan of PF Chang’s haha but I’m biased lol

  10. 01/04/2012 at 11:43 am

    Love it. My favorite cuisine too. I’ll be trying this soon. Sounds awesome!

  11. 01/04/2012 at 1:20 pm

    love the title of this one and the pics just pop off the page!

  12. 01/04/2012 at 2:12 pm

    I’ve seen this recipe twice now, so that means I have to make it! :)

  13. 01/04/2012 at 2:33 pm

    Must. try. this. immediately! I’m sure the shrimp version would be awesome as well!

  14. 01/04/2012 at 4:54 pm

    Totally loving the name of this chicken. Bang bang!

  15. 01/04/2012 at 4:57 pm

    Okay, now I’ve GOT to try it with chicken! This looks waaaay too good. And thank you for all the sweet words!

  16. 01/04/2012 at 5:08 pm

    Oh. Wow. Good thing I’m not a vegetarian because I have to make this. LOVE.

  17. 01/05/2012 at 3:38 pm

    Bang Bang chicken looks amazing. I have all the ingredients in my pantry, so guess what , I shall make this tomorrow for dinner.

  18. Kat
    01/10/2012 at 12:44 pm

    This chicken looks awesome! I need to try it

  19. 01/11/2012 at 5:21 pm

    Looks so delicious!!! There’s a 100% chance that I’ll be making this tonight.

  20. Kellie W.
    01/26/2012 at 12:12 pm

    This tastes exactly like Bang Bang shrimp/chicken from Bonefish. It is AMAZING. We also served as tacos – Thank you!!!!!

  21. 02/06/2012 at 10:28 pm

    Trying this for dinner tomorrow night. Can’t wait!

  22. christina
    02/28/2012 at 6:45 pm

    I am eating these right now and I just had to tell you how amazing they are. When I read that they tasted like Bonefish’s I just had to try. I used gluten free breadcrumbs.

  23. Shelby Miller
    03/19/2012 at 9:21 pm

    This is absolutely delicious. I made it as an appetizer for an engagement party and every bite was eaten. I even breaded it and put it in the refrigerator about 3 hours before I actually cooked it. I did have trouble finding the srirachi sauce, but I was looking in the Hispanic food section and it is actually in the Asian section. This is even good when it gets cold. The chicken doesn’t get soggy. A must do.

  24. Sarah
    03/23/2012 at 4:27 pm

    Hey! This looks amazing! :) Just wondering: for the rice vinegar, does it matter what type it is? (Black, white, etc.?) Thanks!

    • 03/23/2012 at 6:59 pm

      I used white rice vinegar.

  25. Emily
    03/23/2012 at 6:05 pm

    My fiance and I make this often. We both find the mayo too heavy, so we sub half olive oil half chicken broth for it. Turns out amazing still and is probably better for you.

  26. Shadowed2007
    05/09/2012 at 1:36 am

    We have a local restaurant that serves this and were thrilled to find the recipe here. We gave it a try and it is BETTER than the local restaurant version. Also, we love the sauce so much that we use it on sandwiches, burgers, etc. Thank you for posting it! =)

  27. AmyB
    06/20/2012 at 12:31 pm

    Whoah. This is amazing, and is now in the regular dinner rotation. AND, I should note, I make this with cubed, breaded, and fried tofu. Super delectable. In fact, I always make a double batch :)

    I just realized, I’ve been using 3 times as much Sriracha as the recipe calls for (I use 5T per batch, rather 5t)–perhaps that’s why I love it so much!

  28. erika
    10/18/2012 at 10:52 am

    Made this and my husband and myself LOVED it!! One question, I am currently on Weight Watchers, would you happen to know the fat, cal, etc. so I can figure out the points value? Making this again for dinner tonight!!

    • 10/18/2012 at 10:58 am

      Sorry, I don’t know that kind of stuff :( I don’t even know where to begin to start counting stuff like that. Sorry I’m no help!

  29. Railea
    10/23/2012 at 7:58 pm

    I found this on Pinterest & tried it tonight. It was super good. The family ate it all up. We kept the sauce on the side because my little one doesn’t care for spicy things, but the benefit of that is that we now have sauce left over to keep for later.
    Thanks for the recipe!

    • 10/23/2012 at 8:05 pm

      So glad you enjoyed it! :)

  30. KeriA
    10/24/2012 at 1:19 pm

    I love spicy foods, but the rest of my family does not. Would this still be good if you cut the heat down or is the heat what really makes this dish what it is? I wasn’t sure if the sauce would wind up tasting too much like mayo if you cut out more of the srirachi sauce?

    • 10/24/2012 at 1:24 pm

      Hi Keri – the sauce would taste more like mayo than the spicy-tang that sriracha gives. You could tone it down a little – why don’t you try it with a few tsp. instead of 5? Try 2 tsp and see if that’d be too spicy and if it tastes too mayo-y. :)

  31. 10/25/2012 at 2:05 pm

    So excited I found this!!!! My hubby and I are HUGE fans of Bang bang shrimp from Bonefish….However we moved from FL to CA, and no Bonefish or Bang bang shrimp anywhere! I came up with a very similar recipie to try and duplicate it, but I used a garlic chili hot sauce instead of the sriracha. Still great, no complaints from my dad or hubby, but not the same to me. I am a huge fan of chicken and trying to be a little healthier, so I am so stoked to try this baked chicken version…Thanks for spicing up my chicken/kitchen!!

  32. Lynda
    10/27/2012 at 10:51 am

    I must be the only one who doesn’t know what sriracha sauce is?? Clue please? lol

  33. 11/25/2012 at 3:24 pm

    This was delish!!!!!!!!!

  34. Jen U
    11/27/2012 at 7:47 pm

    Made this veg-friendly using cubed homemade seitan “chicken” cutlets and vegenaise. SO AWESOME!
    Frying isn’t my favorite thing on the planet but I usually make an exception a couple times a year (fried green tomatoes in the summer are the best) and this recipe will definitely be repeated.
    Thank you for the tasty noms! :)

  35. Heather
    01/17/2013 at 1:20 pm

    I made this last weekend with both chicken and shrimp. There wasn’t a piece left. I added 4T of sriracha v. the 5t. Brought better heat! :-) Thank you for sharing!

  36. 02/03/2013 at 6:28 pm

    Just made this for Super Bowl….. AMAZING THANKS

  37. DBigHog
    02/04/2013 at 8:52 pm

    My wife and I hosted a Super Bowl Party yesterday and Bang Bang Chicken was one of the things I made. Needless to say, it got rave reviews! I will definitely be making it again!

  38. 02/21/2013 at 12:15 am

    No, seriously – this chicken was freaking a-mazing! I actually made it for dinner and served it over rice…and then my husband requested I make it again, two nights later! Yep, that good.

    I’ve posted this all over Pinterest and sent it to everyone I know.

    Love. Definite must make meal.

  39. Traci Wilson
    09/17/2013 at 6:53 pm

    OMG! I have never left a comment about a recipe before….but this is AWESOME chicken! My husband ate so much he hurt himself!! I will be sharing this with all my friends!

    • 09/18/2013 at 11:51 am

      This is one of my favorite chicken recipes, ever and I’m so glad you and your husband loved it!! Thanks for sharing!


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