Bang Bang Chicken
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One thing is for certain when it comes to Bang Bang Chicken; the name lives up to the dish! If you like things a little spicy then you are in for a treat with this dish because Bang Bang Chicken is hot! Put a spoonful of this delicious food into your mouth and it goes Bang Bang! I’m sure that has to be the origins of the naming of this dish, because it’s spot on!

Now there is honestly nothing to be fearful about this dish if you don’t love spice. The reason being is the way it is prepared allows you to completely control how much spice each individual plates get. The spice in Bang Bang Chicken is all in the sauce, which is plated at the very end before service. So don’t like things too hot, just keep the sauce lean

If you love things hot though, then we highly recommend heaping as much sauce on as you can! The sauces flavor is simply phenomenal. Rich with spice, sweet, and salty flavors that marry perfectly with this delicious poached Chicken Breast

The Memorable first time we ate Bang Bang Chicken

We distinctly remember the first time we ate this dish – it was at one of our favorite restaurants in Melbourne called Dainty Sichuan. This restaurant specializes in Szechuan cuisine, which is a province in Southwest China. Back in 2010 or so when we first ate this dish, Szechuan food was nowhere near as popular as it was now. So their amazing blend of spicy cuisine using the famous Szechuan Pepper was truly a taste-bud altering experience! This restaurant did an amazing version of Bang Bang Chicken which is what our recipe is inspired by

Szechuan Pepper has it’s own completely unique flavor profile which leaves a spicy and ‘tingly’ sensation on your tongue. It is somewhat hard to describe but it is somewhat of a numbing sensation, where your tongue feels on fire, completely alive, yet also subdued at the same time. It’s phenomenal, and is what makes this dish unique

Bang Bang Chicken side view
Firey Hot and delicious. This Bang Bang Chicken hits the spot!

If your local supermarket doesn’t have any Szechuan Pepper in stock then head to an Asian Grocery store if you have one nearby as they’ll be sure to stock it

This dish is served cold so it’s always a good idea to prepare the dish ahead and keep it refrigerated until you’re ready to eat. The dish can keep for a few days in the refrigerator too so make plenty and store some for later!

Recipe Details


4 people

Prep time

15 minutes

Cooking time

30 minutes

Total time

45 minutes

Bang Bang Chicken Recipe


  • 1 lb. Chicken Breast
  • 4 slices of Ginger
  • 1 tsp. Sesame Seeds
  • ½ cup Chili Crisp in Oil
  • 2 tbsp. White Sugar
  • 2 tbsp. Black Chinese Vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. Soy Sauce
  • 2 tsp. Chinese Sesame Paste (or substitute with Tahini)
  • 2 tsp. Sesame Oil
  • 2 tsp. Chili Oil
  • 1 tsp. Szechuan Peppercorns, toasted and ground
  • ¼ cup Cilantro, roughly chopped
  • ¼ cup Peanuts, roughly chopped
  • 1 tsp. Salt


  1. Poach Chicken by boiling 3 cups of water in a medium sized saucepan. Add the Salt and Ginger to the water then add the Chicken, fully submerging it in. You can add more water if necessary. Bring back to boil, cover then turn off the heat
  2. Leave the Chicken to poach for approximately 30 minutes, until the Chicken is tender and can be shredded. Drain and set aside to cool
  3. Once the Chicken has cooled you can easily shred into pieces. Just tear the Chicken away across its natural fibers
  4. To make the sauce, combine the Chili Crisp, Chili Oil, Sesame Oil, Sesame Seeds, Szechuan Peppercorns, Vinegar, Sugar, Soy Sauce, Sesame Paste into a bowl and mix well
  5. To serve it is best to combine the Chicken and Sauce to individual serving plates based on the level of spice desired. This is quite a spicy dish so we would recommend starting with a little less sauce then add more as you taste
  6. Finish each plate with Cilantro and Peanuts and serve with steamed Jasmine Rice

Bang Bang Chicken Chili Oil
The key to a great Bang Bang Chicken lies within this delicious Szechuan Chili Oil

We hope you enjoyed our Bang Bang Chicken recipe. For more delicious recipes to pair with this lovely dish, check out our Dinner page here. Happy Cooking!

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