Half Syn Firecracker Chicken | Slimming World

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 World friendly Half Syn Firecracker Chicken!

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

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It’s such a versatile kitchen gadget, and we love making the Half Syn 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!

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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 👍

As good as the restaurant Firecracker Chicken tastes, the Syn value is really high.

This means we’ve had to work really hard to create the same beautiful flavour to our Half Syn Firecracker Chicken, without adding to the Syn value.

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

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

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How many Syns are in this Half Syn Firecracker Chicken?

This Half Syn Firecracker Chicken is half a Syn per portion, based on the recipe being enough for four portions.

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The Syns are present in some of the key ingredients of the dish, such as the tomato ketchup and the tamarind paste.

You can serve this Half Syn Firecracker Chicken with rice, or even some Syn Free Salt and Pepper Chips!

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How do I make this Half Syn Firecracker Chicken?

Step 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.

Step 2

Add the chicken breast to the bowl and mix it all together.

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Step 3

Once the chicken breasts are coated in the marinade, cover the bowl with cling film and chill in the fridge for one hour.

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Step 4

Take the bowl of marinated chicken out of fridge and place into your Actifry, reserving the remaining marinade in a bowl.

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Set the Actifry to cook for 10 minutes.

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Step 5

After 10 minutes is up, add the chopped onions and Frylight and set to cook for a further 5 minutes.

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Step 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.

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Once this is complete, it’s ready to serve!

Like this Half Syn Firecracker Chicken? Why not try some more of our Fakeaway recipes?

Whenever we need to replace oil in cooking we use Frylight. Perfect for everyday frying and cooking, it delivers exactly one calorie per spray, which makes it Syn free!

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Half Syn FireCracker Chicken | Slimming World

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portion(s) 10 minutes 30 minutes

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318kcal 2

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0.5

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INGREDIENTS
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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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RECIPE NOTES

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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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104 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?

    1. Hi Susan
      So glad you enjoyed it! The lighting can make a difference to the appearance of a dish when we photograph it for the website. 🙂

  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..

    1. Hi Jackie
      It’s amazing, isn’t it, so glad you enjoyed it! We haven’t tried the Chicken and Broccoli in the actifry, so if you do try it, let us know how you get on. 🙂

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

    1. Hi Wendy
      Yes to both! You’d probably need to reduce the amount of tomato puree if you’re replacing the ketchup, as it’s a concentrated paste.

  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! 😃

    1. Hi Jo
      That should be fine. As you say, the prawns won’t take as long to cook. Let us know how you get on if you do try it! 🙂

  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

    1. Hi Katy
      I saw your update to this question and know that you meant rehydrated! You should be fine to chop up the dried chilli and add to the marinade. There will be enough liquid in the marinade to rehydate them. 🙂

  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
      I haven’t used the normal Actifry, but I think the cooking times may be slightly longer than in the express model. 🙂

    2. 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.

    1. Hi Kerry
      Other members of the FB group have told us they’ve found Tamarind paste in Asda, Morrisons, Tesco and Sainsbury’s. It’s in a small jar, so could easily be missed on the shelf! Maggi also do a Tamarind Sauce, which would be fine to use. Apparently you could use Lime Juice or Rice vinegar as a substitute if you can’t find any. A final option would be Amazon! 🙂

  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.

    1. Hi Rebecca
      Obviously different makes of airfryer will have their own guidelines, but it should be possible to adapt the recipe to suit your appliance. 🙂

  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!

    1. Hi Claire
      I found it in a smaller branch of Sainsburys this week, and have previously bought in Asda and Morrisons. My Supermarket lists Waitrose, too.
      If you cant’t get the paste, there is also a Maggi Tamarind sauce available, which would work just as well.

  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, 👌

    1. Hi Nikki
      You could make it without, but the sweetener helps to give a more rounded flavour and balances out the acidity of the vinegar and ketchup etc. 🙂

    1. Hi Pamela
      I found Tamarind paste in Sainsburys. It’s a small jar, found with the oriental sauces and flavourings. I’ve also spotted it in Tesco. Maggi do a Tamarind Sauce, which could be used as an alternative. (Check syn values, though!)
      If you can’t get hold of any, try some lime juice and a pinch of sweetener.

  16. Hi, do you just use a normal granulated sweetener? I forgot to buy some today – I know sugar is a syn but for one night would I just use the same amount of granulated sugar as the sweetener?

    1. Hi Keb86
      Yes, we use a granulated sweetener rather than a powdered one. We particularly like Sukrin, Canderel Sugarly or Natvia. 🙂

  17. 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.

    1. Thank you so much for your lovely compliments, Lyn! So glad you enjoyed it. Firecracker chicken is now a big favourite in our house too! 🙂

  18. 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

    1. Hi Lauren
      Other members of the FB group have told us they’ve found Tamarind paste in Asda, Morrisons, Tesco and Sainsbury’s. It’s in a small jar, so could easily be missed on the shelf! Maggi also do a Tamarind Sauce, which would be fine to use. Apparently you could use Lime Juice or Rice vinegar as a substitute if you can’t find any. A final option would be Amazon! 🙂

    1. Hi Patricia
      If you scroll down to the recipe card, the stove top method is directly below the Actifry method. 🙂

    1. Hi Sue
      The marinade should keep for up to 48hrs in the fridge in a sealed container. We’ve put freezing instructions on the recipe card, scroll down past the method to find them. 🙂

  19. 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

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