Firecracker Ground Chicken


– 1 pound Ground Chicken

– 1/2 Tablespoon Chili Oil (or avocado/olive oil)

For the Sauce:

– 1/2 cup (96g) Swerve Brown Sugar (or dark brown sugar)

– 1/4 cup (60g) Frank’s Red-hot Buffalo Sauce

– 2 Tablespoons (30g) Rice Vinegar

– 1 teaspoon Ground Ginger

– 1 teaspoon Granulated Garlic

– 1/2 teaspoon Kosher Salt

– 1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper

– 1/2 teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes

Brown and fully cook the ground chicken before adding the sauce (all ingredients whisked together) and cooking another 30-60 seconds until the sauce thickens and begins to caramelize.

The recipe makes 4 servings, each with around 185 calories, 22g of protein, 0g of carbs, and 11g of fat (with 92/8 ground chicken). With 97/3 ground chicken, each serving has 26g of protein, 3.5g of fat, and 135 calories. If you use real brown sugar, each serving has an additional 12g of carbs and 48 calories.

Chilli Oil

Chilli oil is a condiment made from vegetable oil that has been infused with chilli peppers.  Different types of oil and hot peppers are used, and other components may also be included.  It is commonly used in Chinese cuisine, Southeast Asian cuisine, and elsewhere. It is particularly popular in western Chinese cuisines such as Sichuan cuisine, Hunan cuisine, Guizhou cuisine, and Shaanxi cuisine where it is used as an ingredient in cooked dishes as well as a condiment.  It is sometimes used as a dip for meat and dim sum. It is also employed in the Korean Chinese noodle soup dish jjamppong.

Chilli oil is typically red in colour. It is made from vegetable oil, often soybean oil or sesame oil, although olive oil or other oils may be used.  Other spices may be included such as Sichuan pepper, garlic, or paprika. Commercial preparations may include other kinds of oil, water, dried garlic, soy sauce, and sugar. Recipes targeted to Western cooks also suggest other popular oils such as rapeseed, grapeseed or peanut, and any dried or fresh chilli peppers. The solids typically settle to the bottom of the container in which it is stored. When using chilli oil, the cook or diner may choose how much of the solids to use; sometimes only the oil is used, without any solids.

Chilli oil is easy to prepare and is also commercially available in glass jars or bottles.

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