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
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.
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.
Recipe: Spicy Chicken Quesadillas
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.
Recipe: Spicy Chile Grilled Chicken
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.
Recipe: Jerk Chicken with Corn Bread
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
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
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.
Recipe: Spicy Oven-Fried Chicken
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.
Recipe: Spicy Chicken-Rice Bowl
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.
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.
Recipe: Chicken-and-Sausage Gumbo
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