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We recently went on a motorcycle ride with our “gang” and stopped to eat at a lakeside restaurant that won Best Burger in that particular county this year. Hubby had stopped there to eat one day and just completely raved about their Patty Melt. Since burgers are one of my favorite foods, I was excited to try this “famous” burger. Fortunately they had more options to choose from than just Patty Melts, and I chose their “House” burger with their “special sauce.” When I asked what was in their “special sauce” our server said she couldn’t tell me. Then she asked if I had ever had their Firecracker Shrimp and that’s all I needed to know. It had to be their rendition of Bonefish Grille’s Bang Bang Sauce – and I couldn’t wait to taste that burger!
You see, I completely fell in love with Bang Bang Sauce one year at my husband’s office holiday party. Me, who did not like spicy food, went completely ape over this stuff. I had to have it again, so that meant making it myself, because the Bonefish Grille is too pricey for us to eat at as often as I want to eat Bang Bang Sauce. So, I searched online and found a recipe from The Noshery to try. It turned out amazingly well, and since I don’t eat shrimp anymore, I put it on homemade chicken nuggets.
Oh. Sweet. Mercy. Yes, it is that good.
Of course, I had to write a blog post about it. To find it, I had to jump into the wayback machine and visit my very first ever blog, on xanga. It’s been awhile since I logged in, so I was very thankful to find they had archived all my old posts. I’ve cleaned it up and polished it to fit into my collection of Make it Myself recipes here on Oh Sweet Mercy. So, without any further ado…I present
BANG BANG SAUCE and BANG BANG CHICKEN
Ever since the first time I tried those delicious, creamy, fiery nuggets of deliciousness I began to crave Bang Bang Sauce from the Bonefish Grille! This copycat recipe, which I found over at The Noshery, is just about as close as you can get to their sauce. It’s easy to prepare and tastes good on just about anything to which you’d like to add a little sweet, spicy sass.
I followed the directions exactly, only substituting, for the shrimp, one decent sized boneless, skinless chicken breast cut into 1″ cubes.
You can usually find all the ingredients for Bang Bang Sauce at your local grocery store. If you can’t find the Sweet Thai Chili or Sriracha sauces, try an Asian market (or you can find Sriracha Sauce here and Sweet Thai Chili Sauce – non GMO and no corn sweeteners – here). Then, you just mix them up into a creamy, fiery sauce – as fiery as you like, actually – before making your chicken. Let those ingredients mingle and get to know each other. I believe it’s called marrying. It’s a big sassy wedding! Also, get your chicken soaking in the milk right away.
The original recipe for Bang Bang Sauce calls for Panko bread crumbs and they really do make these nuggets – or strips or breasts, if you prefer – CRUNCH! Since going gluten free, however, Panko crumbs are off the menu. I’ve substituted crushed rice square cereal with great results in other recipes (like my gluten free Mozzarella Cheese Sticks) and they work well here, too.
The trick to these chicken pieces ending up with a crunchy, golden coating that doesn’t fall off is actually very simple. Take your chicken pieces (that have been soaking in milk, right? Right!) and dredge them in corn starch (or potato starch), dip them in the milk again and THEN in the Panko crumbs (OR crushed rice square cereal). To keep your fingers from ending up a gloppy mess, remember this:
One hand for wet, one hand for dry
Place the coated chicken pieces on a plate until they are all breaded. Heat oil of choice for frying and add pieces to the hot oil, frying until golden brown on both sides and chicken is cooked through. Remove from oil and drain on a paper towel lined plate, keep warm.
After you have fried the chicken pieces, coat them liberally in that sassy sweet Bang Bang Sauce. You’ll see it kind of melt into the chicken, that’s when it’s ready to eat. Serve on a plate of lettuce or shredded cabbage and top with chopped scallions or chives.
Then dig in. Savor the sweet. The sass. The Oh-Sweet-Mercy-This-Is-Good(ness). Share if you like, or don’t. Fortunately, I’m the only one in my house that likes Bang Bang Sauce. I don’t have to share!
Try this copycat Bang Bang Sauce on other dishes as well! It’s excellent on omelettes, scrambled eggs, as a dip for french fries or onion rings. Fire up a Beef Bacon BLT. Slather it on a burger. The possibilities are endless.
Now, please excuse me while I go savor some sweet sassy goodness. Nom nom nom…
- FOR THE SAUCE
- ½ c real mayonnaise
- 6 tsp Sweet Chili sauce
- 3 tsp (more or less to your taste) Sriracha Sauce
- 2 tsp rice vinegar
- FOR THE CHICKEN
- 1 boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 1" cubes
- 1 to 1 /12 c crushed rice square cereal (gluten free) or Panko bread crumbs
- Milk - enough to just cover chicken pieces in a bowl
- Cornstarch or Potato Starch, for dredging (about ½ cup)
- ½ tsp salt
- Oil, for frying (such as expeller pressed coconut oil or peanut oil)
- FOR SERVING
- Shredded lettuce or cabbage
- Chopped green onions or chives
- Soak chicken pieces in milk
- In a small mixing bowl, thoroughly combine ingredients for sauce and set aside
- Next, dredge a piece of chicken in corn starch, coating completely
- Quickly dip piece in milk, then roll in crumbs and set aside
- Repeat with each piece of chicken until all are coated
- Heat oil in fryer or skillet
- Fry chicken pieces until golden brown and cooked through, frying in small batches
- Drain cooked chicken pieces on a paper towel lined plate and keep warm
- Place cooked chicken nuggets in a medium bowl and pour sauce over pieces
- Stir gently to coat all the nuggets
- Place on bed of lettuce or cabbage and top with green onions or chives
- Serve immediately