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OK, people! This dish is INSANELY easy & outrageously good! Better than take-out! Wow your friends! Make your neighbors jealous. Oh – and buy my book!
OK- that said – back to this outrageous revelation! You can use real chicken or shrimp, if you want, but I hope you will try it with this stuff (or another brand of vegan meat). Here is a coupon to get some for free! Go to their site to find out which retailers near you might carry it. The coupon can be printed an infinite number of times & you could get a free package every time you went to the store.
Also – this could be made using any pre-made buffalo sauce bought from the supermarket. That would make it even easier. But I had extra buffalo sauce from my Vegan Buffalo Falafel Sliders with Smashed Avocado so I used that.
Homemade Buffalo Sauce
(This makes more than the 1/3 cup required for the Firecracker Chicken)
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons flour
1 cup cayenne based hot sauce
¼ cup water
1 tablespoon vinegar
In a small saucepan, heat the oil over a medium-low heat. Add the flour and stir constantly until the flour starts to look golden and smell sorta toasted. It can bubble but do not boil it. This should take about 4 minutes. Add half the hot sauce and stir until it is all mixed. The flour should thicken it a bit. Add the rest of the hot sauce, water, and vinegar and stir until it is all mixed up. Set aside.
Can I repeat how easy & insanely yummy this is! And do not expect it to taste like buffalo sauce. It doesn’t. At all. Which is bizarre. So – if buffalo sauce ain’t your thing – still try this. And know – the more sugar you add – the less you taste any buffalo sauce element.
Spicy & Easy Vegan (or Not!) Firecracker Chicken
Feeds one well
9 oz vegan chicken (or real chicken) – cut into cubes
2 TBS olive oil
1/3 cup Buffalo sauce (store bought or homemade – recipe above)
1/2-3/4 cup light brown sugar
1 TBS apple cider vinegar
1/4 tsp salt
1 TBS water
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper (or to taste)
Scallions – chopped for garnish
For the Firecracker sauce, heat the Buffalo sauce, brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, salt, crushed red pepper & water until the sugar dissolves. Set aside.
Heat the oven to 325 degrees.
Make some rice.
While the rice cooks, toss your vegan (or real) chicken in enough cornstarch to lightly coat it. Heat the olive oil in a frying pan. Cook the chicken until it is nice & browned on the outside.
Put the cooked chicken into an oven-proof pan. I used a pie dish. Toss with the firecracker sauce. Heat in the oven for about 30-45 minutes or until the sauce thickens up (and your REAL chicken (if you are a carnivorous wimp) is cooked through). This could probably be done just as simply stove-top…and maybe more quickly. I will try that next time. And there WILL be a next time!
Serve that shit over your rice with some scallions. Resist the urge to pour it all over your naked body & roll around in ecstasy. That shit is hot and WILL burn you – and it really is too delicious to waste on your sordid sex life.