Bang Bang Chicken

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Bang Bang Chicken is an easy weeknight dinner idea with a tangy, yet sweet sauce! This recipe calls for baking the chicken instead of frying for a lighter meal with easy clean up!

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Bang Bang Chicken is an easy, weeknight dinner idea with a tangy, yet sweet sauce! This recipe calls for baking NOT frying the chicken, easy clean up!

Why You’ll Love This Bang Bang Chicken

One of the appeals of Asian (and Asian-inspired) dishes is that they have contrasting flavors, unlike so many American dinners that are all savory.

Take this Bang Bang Chicken recipe. It’s sweet, savory, and spicy, giving every single bite layers of flavor. Plus, you’ve also got a variety of textures here, with creamy sauce and chicken that’s crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside.

Here’s why it’s going to be a favorite:

  • This is a recipe that’s easy enough for a weeknight. A quick dredging is all the work you’ll have to do!
  • Baking instead of frying means that this bang bang chicken recipe is healthier and cleanup is minimal. Who wants to deal with a pan full of oil and spatters all over the stovetop?!
  • Bang bang chicken is versatile! You can customize the heat level to your liking and you can serve it alongside a simple veggie stir fry, with noodles, or on top of a big bowl of Chicken Fried Rice.

Important Ingredient Notes

  • Mayonnaise – This is the base of the sauce. You can lighten things up by using Greek yogurt if you’d like, but note that this will add a note of tanginess to the dish.
  • Chili garlic sauce – Feel free to add more or less, depending on your family’s preferences
  • Granulated sugar – For a sweetness to balance the other flavors in the sauce.
  • Rice vinegar – Also labeled as rice wine vinegar. This adds a sour note to the sauce.
  • Boneless skinless chicken breasts – Cut these into cubes. If you’d like, you can use chicken thighs instead.
  • Panko breadcrumbs – Panko has much more crunch and texture than regular breadcrumbs.
  • Seasonings – Onion and garlic powder, salt and pepper, and dried basil make the bang bang chicken coating flavorful.
Bang Bang Chicken is an easy, weeknight dinner idea with a tangy, yet sweet sauce! This recipe calls for baking NOT frying the chicken, easy clean up!

How to Make Bang Bang Chicken

Prepare: Preheat your oven to 375°F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. 

Make the Sauce: Stir together the sauce ingredients in a small bowl with a spoon. Cover and set aside.

Mix the Coatings:

  • In a small bowl, whisk together the egg and milk.
  • In a large ziploc bag, shake the flour, breadcrumbs, salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic, and basil to combine. 

Coat the Chicken:

  • Place the chicken pieces into the ziploc bag and shake a few times.
  • Dip the chicken into the egg.
  • Return the chicken to the ziploc bag. 

Bake and Finish:

  • Arrange the chicken onto the prepared baking sheet in a single layer.
  • Bake for 25 minutes. 
  • Add half of the sauce to the chicken to coat, while the chicken is still hot. Sprinkle with additional dried basil and serve with sauce on the side. 

Tips and Tricks

  • If you’d like to fry bang bang chicken, you can. It works with both shallow or deep frying. 
  • You can get a more golden color and crispy texture by broiling the chicken for about 2 minutes on each side at the end of the cooking time.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days. I don’t recommend freezing this recipe, as mayo-based sauces don’t freeze and thaw well.
  • It might sound strange, but you can add any leftover breadcrumb coating to the pan with the chicken about halfway through the cooking time. It will bake up extra-crispy and you can sprinkle this over the chicken as a garnish when you serve it.
Bang Bang Chicken is an easy, weeknight dinner idea with a tangy, yet sweet sauce! This recipe calls for baking NOT frying the chicken, easy clean up!

Recipe FAQs

What should I serve with bang bang chicken?

You can make this baked bang bang chicken into a salad by serving it over a bed of greens, serve it with rice or noodles, or serve it with toothpicks at a party a la Grape Jelly Meatballs.

Is yum yum sauce the same as bang bang sauce?

No, bang bang sauce has a bit of sweetness to it, while yum um sauce is more savory. Both are creamy sauces, though, since they’re made with mayo.

Can I make this bang bang chicken recipe in the air fryer?

Yes! After coating the chicken, cook it in batches in the air fryer. Toss it in the sauce after all the chicken is done cooking.

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4.65 from 17 votes
By: Aimee
Bang Bang Chicken is an easy, weeknight dinner idea with a tangy, yet sweet sauce! This recipe calls for baking NOT frying the chicken, easy clean up!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 3 servings


For the sauce:

  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons chili garlic sauce
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon rice vinegar

For the egg mixture:

  • 1 egg beaten
  • ¾ cup milk

For the breading:

  • 1 ½ lb boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1 ½ cup flour
  • 1 ½ cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
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  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside
  • Combine all the sauce ingredients in a small bowl with a spoon. Cover and set aside until ready to use.
  • In a small bowl, combine egg and milk and whisk together. Set aside.
  • In a large ziploc bag, combine flour, breadcrumbs, salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic, and basil. Zip closed and shake until mixed.
  • To begin, bread the chicken by first dropping it into the ziploc bag and shake a few times. Then dip chicken into the egg and put back into the ziploc. Once coated, place each piece of chicken onto the prepared baking sheet in a single layer.
  • To cook, bake on pan for 25 minutes. Once done, add half of the sauce to the chicken to coat (while the chicken is still hot). Sprinkle with a little extra dried basil and serve with sauce on the side. ENJOY.
  • **For a more golden color, at the end of the cooking time, turn on broiler and place pan a few inches away. Broil about 2 minutes on each side. ENJOY.


  • You CAN fry this if you want (deep or shallow) but sometimes it’s just so much easier not to deal with that mess.


Calories: 936kcal, Carbohydrates: 77g, Protein: 63g, Fat: 39g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 19g, Monounsaturated Fat: 9g, Trans Fat: 0.1g, Cholesterol: 223mg, Sodium: 2734mg, Potassium: 1107mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 8g, Vitamin A: 275IU, Vitamin C: 3mg, Calcium: 171mg, Iron: 6mg
Course: Appetizers
Cuisine: American
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Posted on March 9, 2017

Comments & Reviews

  1. Really like this idea of baking instead of frying, however I too had the issue of my chicken not browning, but I’m super excited about trying this recipe again!!!?

  2. We were recently displaced by hurricane Harvey and are living in our travel trailer. As you can imagine, my kitchen is not near as large nor as stocked as that in our home. However, this was a simple recipe to follow and super yummy!  I did double the sauce so we’d have enough for dipping. I had the same issue with the chicken not browning so I lightly sprayed the, with Pam cooking spray and broiled giving the chicken a golden color. Afterward, I mixed the sauce and chicken then placed back under the broiler for about two minutes. The chicken looked much like the picture.  

    1. I’m sorry about the hurricane and the damage to your home. I’m glad you enjoyed the recipe, thanks for your tips!

  3. What chili garlic sauce did you use? I got to amazon but there were several brands listed.

    I can’t wait to try this!

  4. Maybe adding a little paprika to the flour mix would help it have the color that every one wants it to have.

  5. I made this tonight and followed the recipe to the “T”…my chicken came out perfect, and lightly brown. I cooked it on 375..:) The sauce was great, and I’m pretty sure I can use this recipe (flouring) and make all types of sauces. I do not eat fried foods, and this was perfect! The only thing I didn’t do was cook on parchment..I used my stoneware cookies sheets. My whole family loved it! 

  6. Husband loved this! “A nice new addition to the mix”. My 1 year old loved it too!!. I seemed to have a lot of flour/breadcrumbs on mine when I finished. Next time – I plan to toss the chicken in the sauce while it’s still warm. Thank you!

  7. Mine didn’t brown at all either so I had to fry it :/ it came out good tho. Hubby said it was t spicy enough lol 

  8. Tried the recipe tonight.  Loved the spicy sauce but experienced the same ghostly white chicken that Claire and Teresa did.  That was a little off-putting.  I’ll try the chicken again but will deep fry it.  I know, unhealthy, but I’d prefer a golden color right off the bat

  9. Like Teresa, mine did not brown. At the end of recommended baking time, the breading was ghostly white. Because hubby was impatient to eat, I broiled mine for a few minute, turned and broiled the other side. The taste was good, but never came close to the beautiful golden color in the photograph. I just got an air fryer, and wonder how these would be cooked in that.

  10. I followed this recipe to the letter, but my chicken would not get brown. Finally ended up dropping it in the deep dryer for 2 mins and it browned well. Didn’t care for the sauce much so I made homemade honey mustard. Very good chicken tho!

  11. OmGosh! This looks D-lish. SHRIMP would be an amazing substitution for the chicken… AWWW heck, just make both at the same time!

    Thanx so much for sharing this recipe. I am always looking for an amazing new way to cook my chicken! Yum, Yum!

  12. I like smoked garlic cloves or baked cloves after wards easy to mince. You can use powder ranch package.

  13. Since my stomach can’t handle spicy foods, does anyone know how to make a sauce with ranch dressing & garlic? I would use something like that for the chicken.
    Guess I’ll just have to play around with garlic & Ranch dressing until I get it right! I may actually have to mince the garlic up real small & try to save what little bit of juice it makes to get it right.
    Since I make my own Ranch dressing, getting the garlic flavor in it will be the trick!

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