30 Spicy Chicken Recipes That Bring the Heat
Think you can handle the heat? Put your palate to the test with one of our favorite hot and spicy chicken recipes. From mildly hot dinners the whole family will love (try a crowdpleasing stir fry or a paprika-spiced roasted chicken) to scorching meals, appetizers, and sides that are sure to make you sweat (if you like cayenne pepper and jalapenos, you're in the right place), you'll find irresistible new favorites in this collection of our very best spicy chicken recipes of all time.
Sweet and Spicy Stir Fry with Chicken and Broccoli
Korean Spicy Chicken and Potato (Tak Toritang)
Chicken drumettes, potatoes, carrots, and onions are simmered in a spicy sauce made with garlic, soy sauce, sugar, and gochujang (Korean hot pepper paste).
Spicy Korean Chicken
Spicy Chicken Nuggets
A tablespoon of crushed red pepper adds spiciness to these panko bread crumb-crusted chicken nuggets, but you can add cayenne pepper for extra heat.
Spicy Chicken Curry Meatballs
Spicy Rapid Roast Chicken
Here's a whole-roasted chicken recipe that everyone at your table will love. Seasoned with just a few pantry staples, this impressive dinner is way easier to make than it looks.
Spicy Apple Cider-Glazed Chicken Thighs
Chicken and onions are simmered in an apple cider-sambal oelek sauce. Serve over white rice and top with chives for a burst of color and flavor.
Spicy Hot Chicken Legs
Use your trusty slow cooker to make these juicy chicken legs seasoned with garlic powder, onion powder, and a whole bottle of hot sauce.
Easy and Spicy Thai Basil Chicken with Egg
Garlic is crushed with Thai chile peppers, cooked with soy sauce- and oyster sauce-flavored chicken, then served over scrambled eggs and white rice.
Spicy Chicken Breasts
These quick and easy chicken breasts — flavored with paprika, garlic powder, thyme, and cayenne pepper — come together in just 30 minutes.
Easy Spicy Mexican-American Chicken
It's easy to make this flavorful dinner with just five ingredients: chicken thighs, Mexican-style hot sauce (such as Valentina), paprika, cayenne pepper, and brown sugar.
Spicy Orange Chicken
Spicy Shredded Chicken Tinga
Spicy Chicken Fajitas
Chicken is marinated in a sweet-savory mixture of soy sauce, lime juice, honey, jalapeno, and garlic, then topped with homemade guacamole and wrapped in a flour tortilla.
Spicy Garlic Lime Chicken
The Allrecipes community can't get enough of this top-rated recipe with almost 3,000 rave reviews. The simple recipe is ready in less than half an hour.
Simple Nashville Hot Chicken Biscuits
Chef John's Nashville Hot Chicken
A buttery, cayenne-infused glaze is the perfect finishing touch for fried chicken marinated in pickle juice, buttermilk, and Louisiana-style hot sauce.
Restaurant-Style Buffalo Chicken Wings
Hot 'n' Spicy Buffalo Chicken Salad
This easy and delicious romaine lettuce salad is topped with Buffalo chicken and a combination of ranch dressing and blue cheese dressing.
Spicy Doritos Chicken
What's not to love about these chicken breasts crusted with spicy nacho cheese-flavored tortilla chips?
Spicy Gluten-Free Chicken and Cheddar Waffles with Blackberry-Maple Syrup
Savory Cheddar cheese waffles are topped with baked chicken, then drizzled with spicy maple syrup flavored with cayenne pepper and ancho chile powder.
Spicy Chile Chicken Fritters
Punjabi Chicken in Thick Gravy
Hot Chicken Dip
Make this hot chicken dip with just two cans of chunk chicken, a can of diced tomatoes with green chile peppers, a package of cream cheese, and two cans of condensed cream of chicken soup.
Baked Cajun Chicken Drumsticks
Indian Chicken Curry (Murgh Kari)
Spicy Chicken Spaghetti
Jalapeno slices add welcome heat to this hearty spaghetti sauce packed with chicken tenderloins, canned corn, and black olives.
Chicken Bombs with Bacon and Jalapenos
There's a lot going on with this recipe and we're not mad about it: Chicken breasts are stuffed with cheesy jalapenos, wrapped in bacon, and grilled to smoky perfection.