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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!
FULL DISCLOSURE – this is an update on my original April 26, 2014 post. That version involves browning the chicken & baking it but THIS version can be done stove top in about 5 minutes. Ready?
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 – Beyond Meat. Go to their site to find out which retailers near you might carry it.
Also – this could be made using any pre-made buffalo sauce bought from the supermarket. 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.
FIVE MINUTE Spicy & Easy Vegan (or Not!) Firecracker Chicken
Feeds one well
9 oz vegan chicken – cut into cubes
1/3 cup Buffalo sauce (store bought or homemade – recipe above) – I used Frank’s
1/2 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
Cut the chicken into cubes.
For the Firecracker sauce, heat the Buffalo sauce, brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, salt, crushed red pepper & water until the sugar dissolves. Add cut up chicken & simmer until it is warmed through & the sauce is thick.
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.