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    bang bang chicken

    bang bang chicken

    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

    Bang Bang Chicken the most amazing and delicious appetizer that will leave you begging for more.
    Prep Time: 40 mins
    Cook Time: 20 mins
    Total Time: 1 hr
    Servings (adjustable, but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings): 2 -4
    Calories: 451kcal
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    • 5 chicken tenderloins, cubed

    For the sauce

    • 1/2 cup mayo
    • 5 tsp Sriracha sauce
    • 1 tsp granulated sugar
    • 1 tsp rice vinegar

    For the egg mixture

    • 1 egg, beaten
    • 1/2 cup milk

    For the breading

    • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
    • 1/2 cup Panko breadcrumbs
    • 1 tsp salt
    • 1/2 tsp ground pepper
    • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
    • 1/4 tsp dried basil


    • Prepare a plate lined with paper towels for the chicken after it's done cooking in the oil. Set aside.
    • Combine all the ingredients for the sauce and set aside.
    • In a small, shallow dish, combine the egg and milk. Set aside.
    • In another shallow dish, combine the ingredients for the breading. Set aside.
    • 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.
    • Pop the plate of chicken in the fridge for about 20 minutes. It'll help the breading stick to the chicken.
    • In a large skillet, add a thin layer of vegetable oil and place over medium high heat.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    Nutrition Facts
    bang bang chicken
    Amount Per Serving (0.25 of recipe)
    Calories 451 Calories from Fat 207
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 23g35%
    Carbohydrates 25g8%
    Fiber 1g4%
    Sugar 1g1%
    Protein 33g66%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
    *Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.



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  • Kathryn says:

    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!

  • Aimee @ ShugarySweets says:

    This sounds awesome. Great move with the chicken too!

  • Jennifer says:

    Wow this looks great! Need to try this one.

    Happy 2012

    : )

  • Carrie @ Kiss My Whisk says:

    You had me at Sriracha…this looks soooo good!

  • Steve @ the black peppercorn says:

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

    • Julie says:

      Do it!!

  • Megan says:

    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

  • Angell Bes says:

    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!

  • Bev Weidner says:

    Uhhhh, omg. I love this!

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen says:

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

    • Julie says:

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

  • Cassie @ Bake Your Day says:

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

  • Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga says:

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

  • DessertForTwo says:

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

  • Amber @ Amber's Confections says:

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

  • Lauren says:

    Totally loving the name of this chicken. Bang bang!

  • amanda @ fake ginger says:

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

  • Jackie @ Domestic says:

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

  • Asmita says:

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

  • Kat says:

    This chicken looks awesome! I need to try it

  • Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum says:

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

  • Kellie W. says:

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

  • culinaryneophyte says:

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

  • christina says:

    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.

  • Shelby Miller says:

    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.

  • Sarah says:

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

    • Julie says:

      I used white rice vinegar.

  • Emily says:

    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.

  • Shadowed2007 says:

    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! =)

  • AmyB says:

    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!

  • erika says:

    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!!

    • Julie says:

      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!

  • Railea says:

    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!

    • Julie says:

      So glad you enjoyed it! :)

  • KeriA says:

    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?

    • Julie says:

      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. :)

  • Hallie says:

    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!!

  • Lynda says:

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

  • Ebtisam says:

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

  • Jen U says:

    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! :)

  • Heather says:

    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!

  • Laura S says:

    Just made this for Super Bowl….. AMAZING THANKS

  • DBigHog says:

    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!

  • Erin L. Schneider says:

    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.

  • Traci Wilson says:

    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!

    • Julie says:

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

  • Debs says:

    Thank you! Tried this for dinner tonight and it was amazing!

    • Julie says:

      Glad you enjoyed!

  • Laura says:

    This was fantastic! I had to turn the chicken down to medium once the coating crisped up, but other than that I followed the recipe to a T and it turned out great. Five tenders was plenty for my husband and I to have as a meal over white rice (as you suggested). Love your site! I can’t remember if I’ve commented before or not, but I know you from college. Go Dukes!

    • Julie says:

      Hi Laura!! Oh my goodness – it’s been forever! Hope you’re doing well :) I’m glad you tried this dish and enjoyed it!!

  • Patti says:

    Sorry for my stupidity but not fm the States. Is a chicken tenderloin another name for a breast?

    • Julie says:

      No stupidity! It’s sort of like the’s attached to it. It’s like a thinner part of the breast. You can use chicken breast for this recipe though :)

  • casey says:

    Made this yesterday and it was a huge hit! The sauce is so delicious!! Thank is a new family fave :)

    • Julie says:

      I love love the sauce too!

  • L Burk says:

    I tried this after seeing it on pinterest made a.little extra sauce and ate it over rice was super good also used 1/2 the mayo and subbed the other half for Greek yogurt perfect … Yum Yum .

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