Usually when I steal a dish from someone, I steal both the recipe and the name - but not this time. The original firebird chicken is actually a stir-fry dish, and quite a bit different from what you're seeing here. But I absolutely love the name and thought it would fit perfectly for this very simple, extremely spicy, and incredibly delicious dish. Serve with finely chopped fresh chives.
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I recommend taking precautions, such using safety glasses, when crushing the habanero peppers, as the juices could get into your eyes. This crushing process can also be done in a blender for larger amounts, or minced very, very finely with a knife on a cutting board.
You can use any bottled hot sauce you like.
You can use all-purpose flour or cornstarch instead of rice flour if you like, and any melted fat or vegetable oil for frying.
You can also serve with a sweet Asian-style dipping sauce, like my Thai-Style Sweet Chili Sauce: