17 Spicy Chicken Recipes That Are Better Than Takeout
The best thing about chicken is that it's the perfect vehicle for adding whatever flavors you want. In this case, we're talking hot and spicy flavors. By adding some kick to fried chicken, pasta, soup, and more, we've got some of the best spicy chicken recipes for you to try at home. Oh, and if you're not really feeling like breaking a sweat, a lot of recipes allow you to tame the heat to your liking.
Buffalo Chicken Sliders
When it comes to spicy chicken, you might automatically think buffalo chicken. Instead of wings, we've infused the tangy hot sauce into a spicy chicken sandwich recipe. It's less mess and an easy way to serve the whole family on game day.
Spicy Sriracha Fried Chicken
Korean Fire Chicken With Cheese
This spicy chicken recipe has fire in it's name for a reason: it's hot! That heat comes from gochujang, a Korean hot pepper paste that can usually be found in the Asian section of your supermarket. You can also try making your own with our quick gochujang recipe. To tame the heat (a bit), this one-pan meal gets a coating of melty mozzarella cheese.
Kenny's Wings of Fire
Grab a glass of milk! Way spicier than the traditional buffalo wing recipe, get ready to burn your mouth with a blend of three types of hot sauce, cayenne pepper, red chile flakes AND jalapeño brine in these babies. Of course, you can always dial the heat back by adjusting to your spice tolerance.
Pressure Cooker Chicken Salsa Tortas
This quick take on a classic Mexican dish will have a spicy chicken sandwich ready for you in no time. Our pressure cooker chicken requires a jar of salsa, so feel free to go as hot or mild with the spice level as you please.
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Slow Cooker General Tso's Chicken and Noodles
Spice-Rubbed Chicken and Poblano Tacos
Juicy chicken thighs get smothered in a spicy rub mixture before getting a quick broil. To really amp up the heat, more than a pound of poblano peppers get roasted in garlic and added to the mix. The char adds a smoky flavor to these addicting chicken tacos.
Test Kitchen Tip: Chiles, such as jalapeño or poblano peppers, contain capsaicin, which gives them their spicy heat and will cause a long-lasting burning tingle on your skin. To avoid this, wear plastic or rubber gloves when working.
Spicy Chinese Chicken and Noodles
Pickled-Jalapeño Fried Chicken
Spicy Chicken with Cucumber Yogurt Sauce
Curry, paprika, and cayenne combine to add the perfect amount of hot and spicy flavor in this grilled chicken recipe. Add the spicy chicken marinade to the wings and/or drumsticks for up to 24 hours before cooking so the flavors can really meld nicely.
Chile peppers in adobo sauce are a great ingredient for anyone that wants a bit of spice but doesn't want to break into a sweat. This simple spicy chicken recipe will pair perfectly with your favorite Mexican sides.
Moroccan Chicken and Peppers
Spicy Buffalo Chicken Salad
Kickin' Chicken Chili
If curry chicken is your go-to order at your local Indian restaurant, you should try making this classic dish at home. Serve this slow-cooker spicy chicken over hot cooked rice for an easy weeknight dinner.