The best spicy chicken recipes! Are you a spice lover and looking for inspiration for your next meal? Here you will find a compilation of spicy chicken dishes for dinner or any occasion.
Whether you’re having a cookout or a family dinner, these dishes will warm your belly and bring the fiery flavor.
From spicy chicken breast recipes to spicy chicken thigh recipes, spicy chicken wings, Chinese firecracker chicken, spicy chicken pasta, to Indian curry, there’s something here for every spicy chicken lover to enjoy.
Best Spicy Chicken Recipes
Here's a list of the best spicy chicken recipes. Most of these recipes are easy, quick, and ready in under 30 minutes. They are packed full of flavor and bring the heat. Whether you have chicken wings, breasts, thighs, or legs, you will find recipes here from different cultures and get something to suit your palate. Enjoy!
Spicy Chicken Thighs
Succulent and filling, spicy chicken thighs are delicious and simple to make. Marinate the thighs in chillies and spices of your choice, then grill, bake, or roast the chicken. Garnish with chopped scallions or parsley and enjoy!
Creamy Spicy Chicken Pasta
Spicy, creamy, and filling, you will love this comfort food that is packed full of flavor, and delicious. It is also ready in 30 minutes or less.
Spicy Chicken Legs
If you’re looking for finger-food for your next party, spicy chicken legs that you can suck the meat off the bone from are an easy crowd-pleaser. You’ll want to marinate these for half an hour for maximum flavor, then grill, bake, or cook as desired. Find the best spicy chicken drumsticks recipe below.
Spicy Chicken Wings
Another great party food, spicy chicken wings are prepared the same way you would chicken legs and thighs. If you want some extra crunch, coat them in seasoned flour and fry them in a deep pan. These are typically served with a creamy dip, or a spicy sauce if you can’t get enough of the heat!
This dish is highly customizable and can be as simple as seasoning with salt, pepper, and chilies, or with as many spices as you want. Bursting with flavor, they make the perfect finger foods.
A Chinese staple, firecracker chicken is chicken breast or thigh that’s been glazed in a thick, sticky, sweet-and-sour sauce. Save money on takeout and make it yourself at home! Serve with white rice and a garnish of chopped scallions.
Recipe by dinner at the Zoo
Salt and Pepper Chicken
Another delicious Chinese chicken recipe, crispy salt, and pepper chicken is made by chopping chicken breast into bite-sized pieces, then marinating them in salt, pepper, ginger paste, garlic, and sesame oil. Coat the pieces in flour and fry until lightly browned. Stir-fry some sliced onion and peppers, then toss together to serve.
Spicy Buffalo Chicken
An American classic, spicy buffalo chicken typically consists of deep-fried wings that are coated in a sauce that’s a combination of melted butter, vinegar, and hot sauce. They’re served with celery sticks and a tangy blue cheese dip to tame some heat while complimenting the flavor.
Black Pepper Chicken
Spicy Chinese stir fry pepper chicken that is packed full of flavor. It's quick and easy to make and can be served over rice, noodles, or pasta. You will love it!
Originating from Jamaica, jerk chicken is succulent, smokey, and a little bit sweet. It’s made by using a wet or dry jerk marinade, typically consisting of allspice, hot pepper sauce, thyme, garlic, nutmeg, and scotch bonnet peppers. Best served with rice and greens.
Recipe by Simply Recipes
Peri Peri Chicken
Popularised by the Portuguese, this addictive dish is named after the Peri Peri chilli used to flavor the chicken. If you can’t find these specific chillies, green chillies are acceptable substitutes. Marinate your chicken in lemon juice, garlic, and Peri Peri sauce, then grill until slightly charred.
Great for barbecues, chicken suya is a Nigerian street food served on skewers. The chicken pieces are rubbed with yaji (a suya spice mix) that usually consists of cayenne pepper, ground peanuts, ginger powder, a stock cube, and uda (otherwise known as selim), a type of pepper with a smoky, woody taste.
Indian Chicken Thigh Curry
Indian chicken curry is always bursting with flavor and spice and will warm your belly on those cooler nights. Bring your chicken to a simmer in a rich curry sauce to make it tender, juicy, and dripping with flavor.
Cajun Chicken Pasta
Creamy and filling, adding cajun seasoning to a simple chicken pasta will elevate it into an exciting meal. While your pasta boils, cook your chicken in a pan and add cajun seasoning, and paprika, or simply follow the below one-pot creamy cajun pasta recipe. This one is excellent for batch cooking and meal prepping.
Recipe by Budget bytes
Chinese Chicken On A Stick
Chinese chicken can be made in many ways but often involves marinating your chicken in staples like soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, chili garlic sauce, and cornstarch. Then use the same ingredients to make a sauce by cooking them together on low heat until thickened. Simply air fry your chicken until crispy, then coat it in the delicious sauce.
Chicken Pepper Soup
A hearty Nigerian dish, chicken pepper soup is spicy, nutty, earthy, and rich thanks to lightly toasting the spices before grinding them into powder. It's a hearty comfort food.
Recipe by My Diaspora Kitchen
Jamaican Curry Chicken
This curry is thick and flavourful thanks to Jamaican curry powder. Spices and herbs, plus scotch bonnet peppers, give this dish its heat. Cook in a pot with oil until brown, then add potatoes, carrots, and water and let simmer until everything is tender or simply follow the below Jamaican curry chicken recipe.
Recipe by Well plated
Air Fryer Chicken Bites
Little morsels of spicy chicken are easy to add to salads and great for snacking. Cut some boneless chicken into bite-size chunks, marinate in your favorite spice mix, and cook however you like.
Spicy Chicken Noodles
If you have some leftover noodles or just want to save money from ordering take-out, spicy chicken noodles are easy to make at home. Make a spicy sauce from hoisin sauce, soy sauce, sriracha, rice vinegar, brown sugar, and chili flakes, then cook your noodles and stir fry them, your chicken, some veggies, and the sauce together until cooked.
Recipe by Jo Cooks
Spicy Chicken Meatballs
Juicy and filling, spicy chicken meatballs are bursting with flavor and great to add to pasta and salads. Next time you’re making meatballs, add some chilli powder and paprika to your minced chicken and enjoy the kick of flavor!
Recipe by thatspicychick
Buffalo Chicken Wings
Buffalo chicken is great in burgers, typically stacked with lettuce, pickles, and blue cheese sauce between a fluffy brioche bun. Add depth and thickness to your buffalo sauce by mixing in honey, onion powder, and lime juice.
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Best Spicy Chicken Recipes
- 500 g Chicken
- 1 teaspoon Hot sauce or to taste.
- 1 teaspoon Chicken seasoning
- Pat chicken dry and season with salt, hot sauce, and any other seasoning you wish to add.
- Add oil to a frying pan or skillet over medium heat then add the seasoned chicken.
- Let it cook and brown for 4 minutes then use a thong or spatula to flip them over to brown and cook the other side for another 4 minutes.
- Remove the chicken from the skillet onto a plate.
- Let it rest for 5 minutes.
- Serve and enjoy.
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