Five-Alarm Spicy Chicken Recipes

Kick up the heat–and the flavor–with these hot and spicy chicken recipes.

  • Grilled Buffalo Wings with Salad and Blue Cheese

    Grilled Buffalo Wings with Salad and Blue Cheese

    Bring a sports bar favorite to the dinner table to update the typical chicken dinner. The five-ingredient blue cheese dressing tames the heat that comes courtesy of the wing's generous drizzle of hot sauce.
  • Spicy Chicken Quesadillas
    Photo: Johnny Autry; Styling: Cindy Barr and Leigh Ann Ross

    Spicy Chicken Quesadillas

    Bring on the heat when you add pickled jalapeño pepper to these easy chicken and black bean quesadillas.
  • Spicy Chile Grilled Chicken
    Tony Christie, Sean Laurenz

    Spicy Chile Grilled Chicken

    Add intense flavor to grilled chicken with a lemon juice marinade that includes spicy red chiles or jalapeño chiles, chili powder and cumin.
  • Jerk Chicken with Corn Bread
    Photo: Antonis Achilleos

    Jerk Chicken with Corn Bread

    Fire up the dinner table with a spicy chicken dish seasoned with allspice, cayenne pepper, and paprika. To increase the heat, rub the spice mixture over the chicken 8 hours before serving and store it in the fridge until ready to cook. Make this meal when your taste buds turn on their heat-seeking sensors–even the cornbread has peppers.
  • Five-Spice Grilled Chicken Thighs with Blackberry Glaze
    Photo: Oxmoor House

    Five-Spice Grilled Chicken Thighs with Blackberry Glaze

    Ditch your go-to grilled chicken recipe and try this revved-up version instead. An easy shortcut to spicy dishes, five-spice powder combines cinnamon, cloves, fennel, star anise, and peppercorns to create an aromatic combination guaranteed to bump up any weeknight dinner.
  • African Chicken in Spicy Red Sauce
    Becky Luigart-Stayner

    African Chicken in Spicy Red Sauce

    Expand your palate and introduce Berbere, an Ethiopian spice blend. Make yours at home by combining red pepper, black pepper, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves. You may never use pre-mixed seasonings again.
  • Spicy Oven-Fried Chicken

    Spicy Oven-Fried Chicken

    The trick to adding a hearty helping of heat to fried chicken is to get the spice into the chicken's coating. Mix a trio of spices with crushed corn chips, then dredge the chicken in the spices before baking. Make sure to warn your guests–this is no regular fried chicken.
  • Spicy Chicken-Rice Bowl
    Jennifer Davick; Buffy Hargett; Vanessa McNeil Rocchio

    Spicy Chicken-Rice Bowl

    Red curry paste is the secret to this one-dish dinner's heat. If you like it on the spicy side, up the use of the curry paste, which is mellowed slightly in the dish by the rich coconut milk and fresh veggies.
  • Sriracha-Glazed Chicken and Onions over Rice
    Becky Luigart-Stayner

    Sriracha-Glazed Chicken and Onions over Rice

    Serve your family a spicy-sweet chicken-and-veggies dish that's sure to satisfy. Make this one-dish dinner with boil-in-a-bag rice on the side to soak up the extra sauce.
  • Chicken-and-Sausage Gumbo

    Chicken-and-Sausage Gumbo

    Not all gumbo recipes bring the heat like this Louisiana-inspired stew. Andouille sausage, Creole seasonings, and hot sauce add that must-have kick that guarantees you won't sample this dish without a frosty beverage nearby.
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