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!
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.
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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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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We are super excited to have released a 6 month food planner that works perfectly alongside our recipe book.
Our 6 month planner features 26 recipes – which are not available anywhere else. We have all the details on our Planner page.
We’ve been squirrelling away doing squirelly things behind the scenes and can finally announce that our very first cookbook is available NOW!!
The book features 100 recipes – around 80 of them BRAND NEW and not available anywhere else. Full colour photographs, hardback, a quality book that will stand up to frequent use!
Each recipe has been taste tested by twenty members of the Pinch of Nom community to ensure that they are amazing. Check out our cookbook page for more information!