Firecracker Chicken

  • 10MINS
  • 30MINS
  • 276KCAL

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 it to make a slimming friendly version!

NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories276
  • Carbs24g
  • Protein50g
  • Fat12g
  • Saturates3g
  • Sugars14g

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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 to know in the blurb!

Our Firecracker Chicken is the perfect dish to help you feel like you’re dining out in the comfort of your very own home.

We have been asked by Tefal to create some recipes using their Actifry, and this is one of them.  It’s super quick and easy to make and we think that it might even taste better than one you’d get in a restaurant!

We like our food with a nice kick of heat, but you can make this recipe more or less spicy by simply adjusting the amount of chilli that you add.

What diets is this Firecracker Chicken suitable for?

This Firecracker Chicken recipe is suitable for dairy free diets.

Please make sure to double or triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.

How Weight Watchers friendly is this Firecracker Chicken recipe?

  • You need to count 3 Points per portion of this Firecracker Chicken recipe if you’re on WW Green. 
  • You need to count 2 Points per portion of this Firecracker Chicken recipe if you’re on WW Blue.
  • You need to count 2 Points per portion of this Firecracker Chicken recipe if you’re on WW Purple.

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

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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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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.

Actifry method

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

Step 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.

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. Then, it’s ready to serve!

On the stove

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.

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.

Step 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.

Step 5

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

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. Then, it’s ready to serve!

Fire Cracker Chicken_046_Pinch of Nom Slimming RecipesWhat 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:

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

How do you know when this Firecracker Chicken is cooked?

You should cook this Firecracker Chicken for around 25 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through and the vegetables are tender.

Standard advice here in the UK is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and stayed at that temperature for 2 minutes. This is to keep your family safe.

Are there other ways to cook this Firecracker Chicken?

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

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 Firecracker Chicken 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.

Don’t forget to add a label with what it is, and on what date you put it in the freezer!

How do I reheat this Firecracker Chicken?

From chilled: Place in a microwave proof container with loosely fitting lid and heat for 4-7 minutes until piping hot.

From frozen: Allow to defrost, and heat covered in the microwave for 3-5 minutes then stir. Cook for a further 5-7 minutes until piping hot.

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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 it to make a slimming friendly version!
  • Prep Time
    10 MINS
  • Cook Time
    30 MINS
  • KCals 276
  • Carbs 24G
WW Points
  • 3 Green
  • 2 Blue
  • 2 Purple

Ingredients

  • 4 medium Chicken Breasts diced, approximately 150g each
  • 1/2 Red Chilli finely chopped - can leave out if you don't like chilli
  • 2 Garlic Cloves finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp Sweetener
  • 3 tbsp Dark Soy Sauce
  • 2 tbsp Oyster Sauce
  • 1 tbsp Rice Vinegar
  • 2 tbsp Tomato Ketchup
  • 1/2 tbsp Tamarind Paste
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 grind Black Pepper
  • 1 Onion sliced
  • 3 Peppers sliced
  • 200 g Mange Tout
  • 6 Arbol Chillies any dried chillies will do or 1/2 tsp of chilli flakes
  • 1 bunch spring onions chopped
  • 1 wedge Lime
  • 100 ml Chicken stock Made up with 1/2 stock cube and 100ml of water

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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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DebbieWednesday 8th May 2019

How do you make the rice stick together in a nice tidy bowl shape please? I want to feel like I’m actually in Wagammama’s lol.

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    CateSaturday 25th May 2019

    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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