Firecracker Chicken

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Ingredients

  1. 0.667 cup cornstarch
  2. 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  3. 0.5 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  4. 1.5 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  5. 3 large eggs, beaten
  6. 1.5 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1 inch pieces
  7. 0.25 cup canola or peanut oil
  8. 0.75 cup honey
  9. 0.5 cup hot pepper sauce (such as Crystal®)
  10. 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  11. 0.5 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  12. 4 cups cooked white rice
  13. 0.5 cup thinly sliced scallions
  14. toasted white sesame seeds, for garnish

Directions

  1. 1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Place a rack in the center of the oven.
  2. 2. Combine cornstarch, ginger, pepper, and 1 teaspoon salt in a large resealable bag or large bowl. Place beaten eggs in a large shallow bowl or dish. Add chicken to bag and shake to coat.
  3. 3. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high until shimmering.
  4. 4. While oil is heating, transfer 1/3 of the chicken to dish with eggs and toss to coat. Using a slotted spoon, scoop out chicken, allowing excess egg to drip back into the bowl. Place in the hot skillet in an even layer. Cook, turning once, until chicken is golden on both sides, about 2 minutes per side (chicken will not be cooked through at this point).
  5. 5. Transfer to a 9x13-inch baking dish. Repeat with remaining chicken, adding 1 tablespoon of oil to the skillet per new batch (3 batches total).
  6. 6. Stir together honey, hot sauce, vinegar, crushed red pepper, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt in a bowl. Pour over chicken in the baking dish and stir to coat.
  7. 7. Bake in the preheated oven until chicken is no longer pink in the center and the juices run clear, stirring halfway through, 25 to 30 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center of the chicken should read 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).
  8. 8. Serve over rice and sprinkle with scallions and sesame seeds.