Firecracker Chicken Thighs are seasoned and coated boneless, skinless chicken thighs seared and glazed with spicy firecracker sauce, then baked in the oven until tender and juicy. It is such a flavorful way to serve chicken, and it’s made in one oven-safe skillet for easy cleanup! And, once you taste the homemade firecracker sauce, you will want to use it in so many other ways, too!

Pan of Firecracker Chicken on a wooden table from overhead.

Ingredients & Substitutions

Chicken: I used boneless, skinless chicken thighs in this recipe. They are a little juicier after cooking with a bit more flavor. However, you could use chicken breasts; be sure to adjust the cooking time as needed. Chicken is fully cooked when it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F. Season the chicken with salt and pepper.

Cornstarch: Each chicken thigh will be coated in cornstarch before cooking, creating a crispy exterior.

Firecracker Sauce: The star of this dish is homemade firecracker sauce. It is an Asian-inspired sauce that is a little bit sauce and a little bit spicy! I encourage you to make your own sauce, but store-bought would also work.

Plates of Firecracker Chicken on a wooden table from overhead.

What To Serve With Firecracker Chicken Thighs

Firecracker Chicken Thighs pairs well with a variety of side dishes to create a complete meal. Here are some delicious options:

Pan of Firecracker Chicken on a wooden table close up with rice.

Can I Make Firecracker Sauce Ahead Of Time?

Yes, to make this recipe even quicker to prepare, you can make the firecracker sauce up to two weeks in advance. Once made, store the sauce in an airtight container or jar in the refrigerator.

How To Store Firecracker Chicken Thighs

To store Firecracker Chicken Thighs, first, let the chicken cool to room temperature. Then, store the chicken in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They will last up to 3-4 days. Reheat the chicken in the microwave, on the stovetop, or in the oven.

Pan of Firecracker Chicken on a wooden table from overhead.
5 from 1 vote

Firecracker Chicken Thighs

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 26 minutes
Firecracker Chicken Thighs are seasoned and coated boneless, skinless chicken thighs seared and glazed with spicy firecracker sauce, then baked in the oven until tender and juicy. It is such a flavorful way to serve chicken, and it's made in one oven-safe skillet for easy cleanup!

Ingredients

  • 6 boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ cup (64 g) cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 recipe firecracker sauce*, or 1 cup storebought
  • green onion, chopped for garnish
  • parsley, chopped for garnish

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Pat the chicken thighs dry with paper towels. Evenly season each thigh with salt and pepper.
  • To a shallow plate, add the cornstarch. Dredge each thigh in the cornstarch, coating evenly on all sides. Shake off excess and set aside.
  • To a large, oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat, add oil. Once hot, add chicken thighs. Sear the chicken for about 4-6 minutes per side. (The chicken will not be fully cooked at this point.) Please note: The chicken will stick to the pan, so you may need to work it a bit to unstick it when flipping.
  • Pour firecracker sauce all over the chicken. Let it simmer for 1-2 minutes. Then, transfer the skillet to the oven and bake for 6 minutes, or until the internal temperature of each chicken thigh reaches 165°F.
  • Spoon sauce over chicken thighs. Garnish with green onion and/or parsley. Serve.

Notes

*Recipe for homemade Firecracker Sauce 

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What the Test Kitchen had to say about this recipe:

Autumn

I'm a big fan of this firecracker sauce! This chicken is so good! I loved the tender chicken with the kick of heat. I had mine over rice. This recipe is definitely a keeper!

Elizabeth

Firecracker sauce is so delicious with chicken, especially if you love sauce with a little bit of heat to it! And, this can be made in about 30 minutes!

Rachael

This firecracker sauce goes well on everything! Yet another hit, these firecracker chicken thighs would be amazing on some sticky rice. Quick dinner and delicious!

Annabelle

So flavorful! This is a simple recipe that will really knock your socks off!

Bella

This has a kick to it! It is perfect with chicken. A side of white rice would make this an even more fulfilling meal!!

Selena

Super spicy and SO good. I am in love with our firecracker sauce!

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