This sweet and spicy Firecracker Chicken Stir Fry is the perfect weeknight meal with tender, juicy chicken, crisp vegetables, all smothered in a delicious sauce that tastes way better than take-out!  Serve over rice and have dinner on your table in under 30 minutes! 

This sweet and spicy Firecracker Chicken Stir Fry is the perfect weeknight meal with tender, juicy chicken, crisp vegetables, all smothered in a delicious sauce that tastes way better than take-out!  Serve over rice and have dinner on your table in under 30 minutes! 

If you like spice then you are going to LOVE this firecracker chicken stir fry!  Tender, juicy chicken, crisp veggies and a sweet and spicy sauce that has quite the kick to it!  The perfect weeknight dish we like to serve over rice that comes together in under 30 minutes in one large skillet.  So flavorful, healthy and way better than take-out.  If spice is not your thing, this recipe is easily customizable so feel free to make this to your liking!  This is honestly one of my favorite sauces and I also like to drizzle it over salmon and meatballs as well.

Why You’ll Love this Recipe

  • Better (and healthier) than take-out!
  • You can easily make this entire meal in under 30 minutes so it is perfect for those busy weeknights.
  • This firecracker sauce is AMAZING!  The perfect amount of sweet and spicy without any refined sugar.
  • Easily customizable with a variety of veggies and protein.
  • Made all in one pan for easy clean-up!
This sweet and spicy Firecracker Chicken Stir Fry is the perfect weeknight meal with tender, juicy chicken, crisp vegetables, all smothered in a delicious sauce that tastes way better than take-out!  Serve over rice and have dinner on your table in under 30 minutes! 

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • chicken – you’ll need about 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into 1-inch pieces, but you could use boneless chicken thighs or even ground chicken, ground turkey or ground beef as well.
  • veggies – I used a combination of red and yellow bell peppers with sugar snap peas (or snow peas) and green onions, but feel free to use whatever veggies you’d like such as broccoli, asparagus, green beans, sliced zucchini, mushrooms, or even leafy greens.
  • soy sauce – I always use lower sodium soy sauce as I personally think regular soy sauce is just too salty for my taste, but feel free to use what you have on hand! You can also swap the soy sauce with coconut aminos to make this gluten-free.
  • sesame oil – this adds even more depth of flavor, but if you don’t have any on hand you can easily leave it out and this stir fry will still taste great!
  • honey – this adds a little sweetness without using refined sugars to balance out all the spice, but feel free to swap the honey with maple syrup or other natural sweetener.  You could also use brown sugar if that’s all you have on hand.
  • sriracha – adds a kick of spice and the reason we call this firecracker chicken!
  • tomato paste – this is taking the place of ketchup in this recipe and adds some depth of flavor to the sauce while thickening it up a bit.  No need for cornstarch in this recipe!
  • apple cider vinegar – adds some zip to this firecracker sauce!
  • garlic – adds a boost of flavor to this stir fry and fresh minced garlic is always best!  If you don’t have fresh garlic cloves, feel free to use a 1 teaspoon garlic powder.
  • seasonings – combination of crushed red pepper flakes (if you like more heat), salt and pepper.

How to Make Firecracker Chicken Stir Fry

  1. Cook the chicken.  In a large skillet over medium-high heat, drizzle 1 tablespoon of olive oil to coat the pan.  Once the pan is hot, add the chicken pieces in an even layer.  Season with salt and pepper and cook until lightly browned, about 4 to 5 minutes, stirring the chicken as needed.  Once the chicken is cooked, transfer to a plate and set aside.
  2. Sauté the veggies.  Drizzle another tablespoon of olive oil onto the hot skillet and add the peppers and sugar snap peas.  Cook the vegetables until tender, about 4 to 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
  3. Make the sauce.  While the veggies are cooking you can make the sauce.  In a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, sesame oil, honey, sriracha, tomato paste, apple cider vinegar, garlic, crushed red pepper flakes and black pepper.  Set aside.
  4. Stir fry!  Once the veggies are nice and tender, add the chicken back into the pan and mix together.  Pour the firecracker sauce over top and mix well, making sure everything is coated, and bring the sauce to a boil.  Turn down the heat and simmer until sauce has thickened up and everything is incorporated.  Top with sliced green onions (aka scallions) and serve over rice.
This sweet and spicy Firecracker Chicken Stir Fry is the perfect weeknight meal with tender, juicy chicken, crisp vegetables, all smothered in a delicious sauce that tastes way better than take-out!  Serve over rice and have dinner on your table in under 30 minutes! 

Prepping and Storage

This firecracker chicken stir fry will last up to 4 to 5 days in the fridge stored in a sealed, airtight container.  Trust me when I say, this meal tastes even better the next day so it’s a great recipe for meal prep!

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Firecracker Chicken Stir Fry

This sweet and spicy Firecracker Chicken Stir Fry is the perfect weeknight meal with tender, juicy chicken, crisp vegetables, all smothered in a delicious sauce that tastes way better than take-out!  Serve over rice and have dinner on your table in under 30 minutes! 
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients 

For the stir fry:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 cup sugar snap peas
  • 3 green onions, sliced

For the sauce:

  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons sriracha
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
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Instructions 

  • In a large skillet over medium-high heat, drizzle 1 tablespoon of olive oil to coat the pan.  Once the pan is hot, add the chicken pieces in an even layer.  Season with salt and pepper and cook until lightly browned, about 4 to 5 minutes, stirring the chicken as needed.  Once the chicken is cooked, transfer to a plate and set aside.
  • Drizzle another tablespoon of olive oil onto the hot skillet and add the peppers and sugar snap peas.  Cook the vegetables until tender, about 4 to 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • While the veggies are cooking you can make the sauce.  In a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, honey, sriracha, tomato paste, apple cider vinegar, sesame oil, garlic, crushed red pepper flakes and black pepper.  Set aside.
  • Once the veggies are nice and tender, add the chicken back into the pan and mix together.  Pour the firecracker sauce over top and mix well, making sure everything is coated, and bring the sauce to a boil.  Turn down the heat and simmer until sauce has thickened up and everything is incorporated.
  • Serve over rice and top with sliced green onions, enjoy!

Nutrition

Serving: 1/4th of recipe | Calories: 293kcal | Carbohydrates: 24.6g | Protein: 26.1g | Fat: 10.1g | Saturated Fat: 1.2g | Sodium: 1.1mg | Fiber: 2.6g | Sugar: 18.7g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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12 Comments

  1. Tye says:

    This is so delicious and filling! I added mushrooms in it…. So bomb! Definitely will be making this again . 10/10

  2. Shirley says:

    5 stars
    Loved this! Not a fan of pea pods so substituted broccoli and worked great. Easy to make and soooo good!

  3. Christiine says:

    5 stars
    Just made this for meal prep. It is delicious!!!

  4. Dee Ann McWilliams says:

    Love this one as much as I love the Asian green beans! Thank you!

    1. Kelly says:

      So glad you love this Dee! 🙂

  5. Jennifer K says:

    5 stars
    Loved this recipe! Any way to adapt it for the instant pot?

    1. Kelly says:

      Sure! Add oil to your instant pot and press the saute button. When hot, add the chicken, seasoning with salt & pepper and sauteeing for 3 to 4 minutes until browned. Add in peppers and snap peas, cooking for another 4 to 5 minutes, until veggies are tender-crisp. Mix up the stir fry sauce in a small bowl and pour the sauce overtop and saute another 2 minutes until sauce thickens. Serve over rice and enjoy!

  6. Jennifer says:

    5 stars
    This recipe knocks it out of the park! The only bad thing was that my family loved it so much that there were no leftovers.

    1. Kelly says:

      So glad you loved this!! 🙂

  7. Natasha says:

    5 stars
    Absolutely delicious! So flavorful and filling! And simple to make!

    1. Kelly says:

      So glad you loved this! 🙂