Firecracker Chicken

We recently paid a visit to Wagamama for a bit of a treat, and we absolutely LOVED the Firecracker chicken they had on the menu. So we’ve recreated this to make it a slimming friendly version!

It’s the perfect dish to feel like you’re dining out in the comfort of your own home!

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We have been asked by Tefal to create some recipes using their Actifry, and this is one of them!

How many calories are there in this Firecracker Chicken?

There are around 276 calories in each portion of this Firecracker Chicken, which means it falls into our Everyday Light category. Don’t forget to add on any extra calories for any accompaniments.

This Firecracker Chicken is perfect if you’re following a calorie controlled diet, and fits well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers. 

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As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.

How Weight Watchers friendly is this Firecracker Chicken recipe?

You only need to count 2 Points per portion of this Chicken Balti Curry recipe, but don’t forget to add on any extra points depending on what you choose to serve it with.

As always, please double check any values yourself.

What can I serve with this Firecracker Chicken?

Firecracker Chicken is usually served with some plain rice, which you can add for an extra 146 calories per 125g of cooked rice.

You could also have;

Whatever accompaniment you choose, don’t forget to account for the extra calories and/or other nutritional values. 

Do I need any special ingredients or equipment to make this Firecracker Chicken?

There are a few ingredients you will need for this recipe, but don’t worry, they’re not too unusual so you will be able to use them for other recipes. 

  • Tamarind Paste – This is from the the pulp that surrounds the seeds within the pod of the tamarind tree. It’s mainly used in Asian cooking and you can buy it from most supermarkets.       
  • Arbol Chillies – These are small potent Mexican chillies and you can buy them dried from most supermarkets. 

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For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff in the blurb 👍

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Are there other ways to cook this Firecracker Chicken?

If you haven’t got an Actifry, don’t worry, this can also be made using a pan. We’ve included the stove-top recipe below!

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How to make Firecracker Chicken

The Actifry is such a versatile kitchen gadget, and we love making the slimming friendly Firecracker Chicken as it makes it such an easy recipe to follow. No stirring, no messing, the Actifry does all the hard work for you!

  • Make the sauce for the chicken.
  • Coat the chicken pieces well, cover and leave for an hour in the fridge.
  • Cook the chicken pieces in the Actifry for 10 minutes.
  • Add the veg and continue cooking. 
  • It’s ready when there’s no sign of pink in the chicken pieces.

How long can you keep Firecracker Chicken in the fridge?

Once you’ve put it out, ideally you should eat it within 4 hours.

If you allow any left overs to cool, make sure to refrigerate in a container with a lid and chill. You can keep leftovers of Campfire stew in the fridge for approximately 2 or 3 days.

Can you freeze this Firecracker Chicken?

This recipe can be frozen, but please remember to do the following;

  • Freeze it as soon as it is cold enough.
  • Use a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.
  • Defrost thoroughly before reheating (you can use the defrost setting on your microwave.)
  • Make sure it is piping hot all the way through before serving.

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INSTRUCTIONS
Actifry Method
  1. Add the chilli, garlic, sweetener, tomato ketchup, tamarind paste, oyster sauce, soy sauce, fish sauce and rice vinegar into a bowl. Add the black pepper to season and stir the contents of the bowl well. 
  2. Add the chicken breast to the bowl and mix it all together.
  3. Once the chicken breasts are coated in the marinade, cover the bowl with cling film and chill in the fridge for one hour. 
  4. Take the bowl of marinated chicken out of fridge and place into your Actifry, and set aside the remaining marinade. Set the Actifry to cook for 10 minutes.
  5. After 10 minutes is up, add the chopped onions and Frylight and set to cook for a further 5 minutes.
  6. Once this is complete, add the stock, the remaining marinade, peppers, spring onions, chilli and mange tout and cook for a further 10 minutes. Once this is complete, it's ready to serve! 
On the stove
  1. Add the chilli, garlic, sweetener, tomato ketchup, tamarind paste, oyster sauce, soy sauce, fish sauce and rice vinegar into a bowl. Add the black pepper to season and stir the contents of the bowl well. 
  2. Add the chicken breast to the bowl and mix it all together.
  3. Once the chicken breasts are coated in the marinade, cover the bowl with cling film and chill in the fridge for one hour.
  4. Take the bowl of marinated chicken out of fridge and place in a frying pan on a medium heat, setting aside the remaining marinade. Cook for 10 minutes.
  5. After 10 minutes is up, add the chopped onions, spray with Frylight and cook for a further 5 minutes.
  6. Once this is complete, add the stock, the remaining marinade, peppers, spring onions, chilli and mange tout and cook for a further 10 minutes. Once this is complete, it's ready to serve! 

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This recipe can be frozen, but please remember to do the following;

- Freeze it as soon as it is cold enough.
- Use a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.
- Defrost thoroughly before reheating (you can use the defrost setting on your microwave.)
- Make sure it is piping hot all the way through before serving.

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67 Comments
  1. Hi.
    This looks so good but I don’t eat fish so could I possibly leave the fish sauce out without effecting the recipe/ taste?
    Thanks

  2. So glad to see an active recipe, I use mine all the time but generally just for chips and roast potatoes, I’ve been a bit concerned about putting liquid in the actifry, as the paddle can be removed does that not mean it would leak from the metal bowl into the machine?

  3. in the recipe it askes for 1 sliced onion
    but also a bunch of spring onions (don’t say how to prepare them? chopped or sliced)
    later on it says add the chopped onion?

    Is the spring onion> and when do I add the sliced onion

    Sorry I confuse easy 🙂

  4. Hi,

    Just made the fire cracker chicken and flavours are lovely. The only thing that I’m wondering about is why the chicken your finished dish looks a reddy/orangey colour and mine (and a few others who have posted it) looks a brown colour? Any idea why?

  5. Made it Monday night it was GORGEOUS 🙂 I mean so easy and scrumptious…
    I’m going to cook the Chicken and Broccoli tonight 🙂
    Can I do this in the actifry??
    If not I have a wok so it’s not a prob just wondered..

  6. Yet another fab recipe. So easy yet so tasty. Thanks again team PON. Added to the ever increasing list of favourites!

  7. Made this tonight for the first time and first time using an Actifry. Loved it! Do you have a weblink to your other Actifry recipes please? Thank you!

  8. This recipe looks great, can’t wait to try it. However I don’t eat meat and always order the prawn firecracker at Wagamama’s, do you know if I can cook the sauce without the chicken then add the prawns later? Imagine they wouldnt need the same amount of cooking as the chicken? Thanks in advance! 😃

  9. Made this for second time this week today. Was much better than first time love it so tasty & delicious however I used 3 chilli in marinade & added more chilli at the end to make it spiciy!!!!!! But it’s going to definitely be a regular meal

  10. Made this tonight and it’s sooooo good! Forgot to buy oyster sauce so added a tiny bit more fish sauce but will be making again!! More actifry recipes please pinchofnom more more more ha ha!

    1. Hi Jasmine, Amazon says the Express cooks 30% faster than the regular. We are cooking this in our regular Actifry tonight and are going for 13 min, 8 min, 13 min. Will let you know how it goes

  11. Hi, love your recipes and would like to make this one this weekend. Is there any substitute for Tamarind Paste can’t seem to find it in either our tesco or morrisons.

  12. OMG. If you have not tried this yet then please do. Its AMAZING, So easy to prep and cook. Super tasty and spicy. Nice one PON

  13. Hi I don’t a tefal acti fryer just a different brand one could I still make this and different recipes in mine? Looks lovely by the way.

  14. This firecracker chicken is my absolute favourite and I like it hot! I add a handful of tiny Birdseye chilliest for an extra kick. Well done ladies, this recipe is now a firm family favourite!

  15. Absolutely loved this meal,
    super easy instructions with great results, made this Fire Cracker Chicken tonight in the Actifry, was so tasty,
    I’m still in a state of shock that little old me could make it, & tasted so amazing, 👌

  16. Wow!!! My actifry has been stuck on top of the kitchen cupboard for months, only ever having been used for chips. I made the firecracker chicken tonight and it’s absolutely superb. . Chicken is soft and not in the least dry and it has a wonderful kick to it. Thank you. I love Pinch of Nom. You do a great job and make my weight loss journey so much easier due to the delicious recipes.

  17. Hi could you tell me plz if I use rice wine vinegar or white wine vinegar for this recipe as I have both but not sure which to use? Thanks x

  18. I made this last night, It was absolutely delicious. I would add a bit less Chilli next time, but thats a personal choice. Well done, I love your recipes and have pre-ordered your book

  19. Hi, love the sound of this recipe but struggling to find tamarind, do you think i’d be able to use Niru Tamarind Paste? Thanks

  20. Made this for the first time today …. can not believe how delicious it is …… thank you so much for this and all the other amazing recipes you guys provide…
    Definitely be making this one again

    1. Hi Shaun!

      It’s just for serving, so pop it on top when you plate it up. It can then can be squeezed over before eating.

      Hope that helps! 🙂

    1. Press the rice into a small bowl, turn it upside down on the plate and tap the bottom (like making a sandcastle!) 🙂

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