Bang Bang Chicken

  • Serves: 4
  • Prep Time: 25-30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes



  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 large egg
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp sriracha/hot sauce
  • ½ tsp curry powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 lb boneless, skinless
  • chicken breasts or thighs,
  • cut into 2-inch chunks


  • 1 (22oz) head of lettuce
  • 1 small cucumber, sliced
  • ½ cup peanuts
  • ½ cup thinly sliced bell pepper
  • ½ cup shredded coconut
  • 3–4 green onions
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds


  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 tbsp sweet chili sauce
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1-1½ tbsp sriracha/hot sauce
  • 2–3 tsp fresh lime juice
  • 1 tsp curry powder

For Frying

  • 2 cups peanut or vegetable oil
  • 2 cups panko bread crumbs


  1. For the chicken: In a large bowl, combine the buttermilk, egg flour, cornstarch, sriracha, curry powder, and salt and mix well. Add the chicken pieces and set aside.
  2. For the dressing: In a medium bowl, combine all the dressing ingredients. Set aside, or chill for up to 1 day
  3. For the salad: Chop the romaine into bite-size pieces, reserving 4 larger leaves for garnish.
  4. In a dry skillet, separately toast the peanuts, coconut, and sesame seeds over medium heat until each is light golden brown and fragrant, 3–4 minutes. Place the chopped lettuce in the bottom of a large bowl and arrange whole leaves and cucumbers around the edge of the bowl.
  5. For frying: In a deep skillet, heat the peanut oil to 350ºF or until a piece of chicken bubbles furiously when dropped into the oil. Remove the chicken from the batter and toss it in the panko until well coated. Cook about half the chicken at a time in the hot oil, turning to brown all sides, for about 4 minutes. Drain on paper towels and repeat with the remaining chicken.
  6. Trim the green onions, leaving some of the green tops on. Place the hot chicken pieces over the lettuce in the serving bowl and decorate the bowl with the cucumbers, green onions, and strips of red bell pepper. Serve with the dressing and sprinkle the peanuts, coconut, and sesame seeds on top, serve immediately.
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