Firecracker Grilled Chicken

Grilled Firecracker Chicken Recipe – a little sweet, a little spicy, and a whole lotta delicious! Chicken marinated in hot sauce, sweet chili sauce, fresh garlic, and Worcestershire sauce. SO easy to make and tastes fantastic! I made this for a cookout and everyone raved about it! Leftovers are great on a salad, in a rice bowl, or in a sandwich wrap. Whip this up ASAP!

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Easy Chicken Marinade with Hot Sauce

Stop what you are doing and add this Firecracker Grilled Chicken to your menu ASAP. This marinade is a new favorite. Chicken marinated in hot sauce, sweet chili sauce, fresh garlic, and Worcestershire sauce. This recipe is super easy to make and is packed full of flavor! I made this for a family cookout last week and everyone loved it! Give this a try the next time you fire up the grill. I promise you won’t be disappointed!

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How to Make Firecracker Grilled Chicken

This marinade is very easy to make with only four simple ingredients. In a medium bowl, whisk together hot sauce, sweet chili sauce, fresh minced garlic, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and black pepper. Place chicken in a large gallon-sized Ziploc bag. Pour marinade over the chicken. Seal tightly and store in the fridge for 4-24 hours. Remove chicken from the marinade and discard the marinade. Grill/cook until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165ºF.

Helpful Tips & Frequently Asked Questions

  • You can use this marinade on any cut of chicken – chicken breasts, chicken tenders, chicken thighs, chicken wings, or chicken drumsticks/legs.
  • You can use boneless or bone-in chicken. Adjust the cooking time to ensure an internal temperature of 165ºF.
  • I suggest pounding the chicken breast to an even thickness. We put the chicken in a ziplock bag and use a flat meat mallet to carefully pound out the hump. This ensures that the chicken cooks evenly and you don’t have juicy chicken and half-dry chicken.
  • I don’t have a grill. Can I cook the chicken in the oven or skillet? Yes! To cook the chicken breasts inside, pan-sear it for 3 to 4 minutes per side over medium-high heat. Place on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake at 400ºF for 10 minutes.
  • I use Frank’s Hot Sauce or Frank’s Buffalo Sauce and Frank’s Sweet Chili Sauce.
  • For extra heat, add some red pepper flakes to the marinade.
  • Can I freeze Firecracker Grilled Chicken? Yes! You can freeze the chicken uncooked or cooked.
    • Prepare the marinade. Place chicken in a freezer bag and pour the marinade over the chicken. Seal the bag and freeze. When ready to cook, thaw in the refrigerator overnight and cook.
    • To freeze cooked chicken, cool completely and place in a freezer bag and freeze. Thaw and reheat in the microwave.
  • Store leftover chicken in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
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What to Serve with Firecracker Chicken

As I said, we absolutely LOVE this dish. It is already back on the menu! We usually serve the chicken hot off the grill with some asparagus and potatoes. It is equally delicious with served with some garlic noodles with our favorite teriyaki green beans. Leftovers are great chopped up and served in a rice bowl with some green onions, on top of a salad, or in a sandwich wrap. Make it this weekend, it is sure to become a favorite!

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Firecracker Grilled Chicken

Yield: 4 people
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Grilled Firecracker Chicken Recipe – a little sweet, a little spicy, and a whole lotta delicious! Chicken marinated in hot sauce, sweet chili sauce, fresh garlic, and Worcestershire sauce. SO easy to make and tastes fantastic! I made this for a cookout and everyone raved about it! Leftovers are great on a salad, in a rice bowl, or in a sandwich wrap. Whip this up ASAP!

Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup hot sauce
  • ¾ cup sweet chili sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts

Instructions:

  • Whisk together hot sauce, sweet chii sauce, garlic, and Worcestershire sauce.
  • Place chicken in a gallon ziplock bag. Lightly pound the chicken with a meat mallet or rolling pin to an even thickness. Pour marinade over chicken.
  • Refrigerate chicken for a few hours to overnight.
  • Remove chicken from marinade and discard marinade.
  • Prepare grill and grill chicken until done, approximately 12 to 15 minutes, until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165ºF.

Notes:

  • You can use this marinade on any cut of chicken – chicken breasts, chicken tenders, chicken thighs, chicken wings, or chicken drumsticks/legs.
  • You can use boneless or bone-in chicken. Adjust the cooking time to ensure an internal temperature of 165ºF.
  • I suggest pounding the chicken breast to an even thickness. We put the chicken in a ziplock bag and use a flat meat mallet to carefully pound out the hump. This ensures that the chicken cooks evenly and you don’t have juicy chicken and half-dry chicken.
  • I don’t have a grill. Can I cook the chicken in the oven or skillet? Yes! To cook the chicken breasts inside, pan-sear it for 3 to 4 minutes per side over medium-high heat. Place on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake at 400ºF for 10 minutes.
  • I use Frank’s Hot Sauce or Frank’s Buffalo Sauce and Frank’s Sweet Chili Sauce.
  • For extra heat, add some red pepper flakes to the marinade.
  • Can I freeze Firecracker Grilled Chicken? Yes! You can freeze the chicken uncooked or cooked.
    • Prepare the marinade. Place chicken in a freezer bag and pour the marinade over the chicken. Seal the bag and freeze. When ready to cook, thaw in the refrigerator overnight and cook.
    • To freeze cooked chicken, cool completely and place in a freezer bag and freeze. Thaw and reheat in the microwave.
  • Store leftover chicken in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Steph

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