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    The 35 BEST Spicy Chicken Recipes

    If you love your chicken on the fiery side, this is definitely the place for you!

    We’ve compiled this list of amazing Spicy Chicken Recipes just for you, my fellow spicy lovers.

    You’ll find an amazing variety of dishes from cultures that really know how to season their food, including Indian, Cajun, Thai, Mexican, West African, and more.

    Cook your way through all of these incredibly spicy chicken recipes, they’re sure to have you breathing fire!

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    Spicy Chicken Recipes:

    1. Indian Chicken Masala

    We’re starting this list of spicy chicken recipes with our beloved Indian Chicken Masala.

    It is a dish that you can find on every Indian restaurant menu. And this version of chicken masala is just irresistibly tasty, super easy, and quick to make.

    Perfect to have with rotis or rice, get ready to experience true deliciousness.

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    2. Jerk Chicken

    Guys, this summer cookout season, Jerk Chicken recipe is a must-try! This iconic Jamaican recipe is absolutely delicious with a bold, spicy and perfectly balanced jerk marinade.

    It’s going to be a super hit dish for your summer grilling, or you can bake it in the oven.

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    3. Kung Pao Chicken

    If you love stir fry dishes, try this fiery Kung Pao Chicken. It is a Chinese stir fry takeout recipe that is savory, it’s sweet, it’s tangy, and it’s spicy!

    It’s an easy weeknight recipe you can have on the table in under half an hour.

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    4. Thai Green Curry

    Now you can whip up this restaurant favorite Thai curry on any night your heart desires some curry. This Thai curry has perfect big, bold Thai flavors.

    You can make it as spicy as you like by adjusting the green curry paste.

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    5. Jambalaya Soup

    Jambalaya Soup! This hearty soupified version of the most famous dish out of Louisiana is boldly flavored with great Creole seasoning and is loaded with meats and veggies.

    It’s great on the stovetop, or in a slow cooker or instant pot.

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    6. Kedjenou Chicken (Spicy Ivory Coast Stew)

    The Ivory Coast is one spicy country, proud of its chili tolerance!

    This kedjenou chicken stew is cooked “undisturbed” low and slow in its own juices along with plenty of vegetables, some hot peppers, the goodness of thyme and the smokiness of paprika.

    End result? Saucy… Bold… Delicious!

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    7. Laksa Noodle Soup

    Laksa – the iconic Malaysian spicy coconut noodle soup! An incredibly rich, fragrant, complex flavored broth loaded with all the essential classic Laksa toppings.

    This is one of the most delicious spicy chicken recipes you will ever eat.

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    8. Chicken Shawarma

    This easy Chicken Shawarma brings the flavors, big time! Marinated with vibrant and aromatic spices, it can be your easy weeknight dinner, or a big crowd pleaser for company nights.

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    9. Chicken Korma

    Creamy, rich and finger licking, Korma is cooked slow and low with flavors created to suit the King’s palate. Korma is an iconic dish from India, with deep roots in Moghlai cuisine.

    Make this korma tonight and relish this flavorful dish with your loved ones.

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    10. Thai Basil Chicken (Pad Krapow Gai)

    Pad Krapow Gai, meaning Thai Basil Chicken. It’s an extremely popular Thai street food.

    This is for you if you are looking for a really fast meal that’s really tasty. Not only is this Thai Basil Chicken bursting with flavor, you can whip it up in 15 minutes or less.

    Load up on the Thai red chilis to make it extra spicy!

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    11. Jamaican Curry Chicken

    This effortless recipe is jam-packed with bold Jamaican flavors and fresh herbs, making this slow-cooked curry absolutely mouth-watering.

    Try this best island comfort food for your weeknight dinner, and impress everyone.

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    12. Chicken Tikkas

    Now, these Chicken Tikkas are the most well-known Indian appetizer, that are loved worldwide.

    This recipe is all about the perfectly spiced yogurt marinade. Once you know how to master the marinade, you can make restaurant-worthy tikkas at home.

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    13. Cajun Chicken Pasta

    This Cajun Chicken Pasta is a super easy and super tasty meal that combines the comfort of pasta and the bold flavors of New Orleans.

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    14. Chicken Jollof Rice

    This colorful and tasty one pot rice dish is a West African classic. Boldly flavorful, it’s a special treat.

    This spicy chicken recipe is a perfect one skillet meal. It’s one of our favorite spicy chicken recipes!

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    15. Country Captain Chicken

    Make this classic Country Captain Chicken at home, it is very easy and delicious!

    This recipe is a great mixture of American and Indian cuisine, and it creates the most mouth-watering satisfying chicken dish ever.

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    16. Jambalaya Pasta

    Jambalaya Pasta, aka Pastalaya, is a super tasty dish featuring shrimp, chicken and sausage smothered in a creamy, cheesy sauce full of Louisiana spices and flavors.

    It’s like everyone’s favorite jambalaya, but with pasta instead of rice. How cool!

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    17. Trinidad Chicken Curry

    This curry chicken from the Caribbean island country of Trinidad hits close to home.

    Curry powder and fresh herbs and aromatics in their green seasoning form the base of this super simple chicken affair.

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    18. Thai Cashew Chicken

    Stir fries are easy and quick for busy nights. It’s very common to use nuts like peanuts and cashews in a lot of different Asian dishes.

    This is simple chicken and cashew dish is full of flavors from a bold Thai stir fry sauce and some hot chilis. Enjoy it over a bowlful of your favorite rice.

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    19. Chicken Chapli Kababs

    Make these Chicken Chapli Kababs for your coming get-together or party, it will be the winner dish of the day.

    These kababs are succulent, moist, juicy, and simply melt in your mouth deliciously. Ground chicken is tossed with exotic spices and fresh herbs, then cooked to perfection. Just too yummy…

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    20. Sri Lankan Chicken Curry

    Curry night is an ultimate comfort night. Get ready to whip up and master this delicious Sri Lankan Chicken Curry from the Indian sub-continent.

    It has all the earthy, exotic and warm spices to make it an extra special and finger licking delicious treat.

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    21. Chicken Tinga Tacos

    Everybody loves tacos! If you don’t, you just haven’t made one that suits you!

    These chicken tinga tacos are the best, and you’ll definitely fall in love with them. They’re perfectly saucy and spicy, and they’re filled with the best ingredients!

    Get the Recipe @ pinchofyum

    22. Nashville Hot Chicken

    Nashville hot chicken has been growing in popularity lately. It’s spicy fried chicken served with white bread and pickle chips.

    If you love spicy food, you need to try this one!

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    23. Buffalo Chicken Lasagna

    Buffalo Chicken Lasagna puts a spicy twist on everyone’s favorite pasta casserole. It has all the flavors you love in buffalo wings, and is super cheesy.

    You gotta try this one!

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    24. Chicken Ghee Roast

    You all will absolutely devour this Chicken Ghee roast recipe! This dry chicken dish is made with unique dry spices and other flavorful ingredients that make it extra delicious.

    This Mangalorean chicken dish is super easy to make and extremely satisfying.

    Get the Recipe @ theyummydelights

    25. Dakdoritang (Spicy Korean Chicken Stew)

    Dakdoritang is a traditional spicy Korean stew that is loaded with incredible flavors and ingredients!

    This delicious recipe is absolute comfort food at its best. So when you crave some spicy, hearty and satisfying meal, do make this Korean chicken stew.

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    26. Chicken Enchiladas

    Making restaurant worthy enchiladas is very much possible. All you need is great enchilada sauce and everything else falls into place.

    Every time it will turn finger licking delicious with melty cheese on top.

    Get the Recipe @ isabele

    27. Baked Peri Peri Chicken Wings

    Baked in chili-garlic oil and coated in a spicy-sweet sauce, these piri piri chicken wings will be a hit for your next weeknight diner or game day feast!

    Try this chicken wing recipe if you like spicy.

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    28. Dakgalbi (Stir-fried Spicy Korean Chicken)

    Now, Dakgalbi is an extremely flavorsome dish! This restaurant-worthy stir fry is made with delicious marinated boneless chicken, along with rice cakes and veggies.

    It’s going to be one of your favorite spicy chicken recipes.

    Get the Recipe @ koreanbapsang

    29. Firecracker Chicken

    Trust us, this firecracker chicken has it’s name for a reason! It’s sweet, spicy, and adds a nice kick to your meal.

    The chicken is perfectly tender and juicy, and when you serve it at a party, the guests will be convinced you got it from a restaurant.

    Get the Recipe @ therecipecritic

    30. Cape Malay Chicken Curry

    This Cape Malay Chicken Curry recipe is a delicious tomato based curry with an assortment of spices.

    It’s a real treat for all curry lovers.

    Get the Recipe @ beyondkimchee

    31. Korean Gochujang Chicken Wings

    Perfectly baked chicken wings which have been tossed in a spicy sauce! 

    Korean Gochujang Chicken Wings are completely addictive! These hit all of your taste buds with a little bit of spice, heat, sweet, and salt!

    Get the Recipe @ lordbyronskitchen

    32. Cajun Chili

    I love New Orleans flavors, and this Cajun Chili is no exception. It’s loaded with chicken, sausage, shrimp and Cajun spices.

    You could almost call it… Jambalaya Chili!

    Get the Recipe @ foodfaithfitness

    33. Folded Chipotle Chicken Wraps

    This Folded Chipotle Chicken Wrap recipe is super fun to make, as well as super delicious.

    These folded flavor packed wraps are pan-fried till crispy outside and spicy cheesy inside. Totally satisfying meal.

    Get the Recipe @ halfbakedharvest

    34. Spicy Chicken Fried Rice

    Sometimes you want it spicy, and if this is one of those times, here is the fried rice for you.

    In addition to the usual fried rice staples, it has a generous splash of sriracha to give it some kick.

    Get the Recipe @ gimmesomeoven

    35. Buffalo Wings

    Everyone’s favorite game day food… Buffalo wings!! They’re smothered in an easy homemade buffalo sauce. So simple to make, they’ll be a total hit for any party table!

    They’re crispy outside with tender and juicy meat inside and generously coated with the famous buffalo sauce. This one is a serious keeper.

    Get the Recipe @ kitchensanctuary

    So many great spicy chicken recipes to cook! We’re sure they’ll satisfy your fiery cravings.

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    35 BEST Spicy Chicken Recipes

    This collection of easy and mouthwateringly Spicy Chicken Recipes will have you breathing fire in no time! We love this fiery West African stew:


    • 4-5 chicken thighs
    • 2 medium onion
    • 3 medium bell peppers
    • 1 small eggplant
    • 4 medium tomatoes
    • 4 scallions
    • 1.5 Tbsp chopped ginger
    • 1.5 Tbsp chopped garlic
    • 2 bay leaves
    • 8-10 sprigs fresh thyme (or 1 tsp dried)
    • 1 tsp smoked paprika
    • 2-3 hot peppers (I am using habanero)
    • Salt and pepper to taste
    • 1 cube chicken bouillon


    1. Chop all vegetables except eggplant. Finely dice garlic and ginger. Leave hot peppers whole. Remove skin from chicken, if desired. In large bowl or dish, combine these ingredients, along with salt, pepper, paprika, thyme and bay leaves. If time allows, marinate at least two hours.
    2. Remove chicken, hot peppers and bay leaves and set aside. Chop eggplant and mix into remaining vegetable mixture. Add half of this mixture into a large dutch oven (we are using 7 quart). Next, layer on chicken, followed by bay leaves and hot peppers. Add a few more sprigs of thyme and a bit more salt and pepper. Crumble bouillon cube and sprinkle on top. Finish your layering by adding the remaining vegetables on top.
    3. Place lid on pot. Place on stove set to medium hot heat and cook for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to medium low and cook and additional 45 minutes. During this time, shake the pot occasionally, but do not remove the lid. After the full hour, check your chicken for doneness. It should be fall off the bone tender. If not, add several minutes.
    4. Optional: Depending on your heat tolerance, you can make this dish very spicy by piercing the peppers and mixing them into the stew. I recommend first tasting, then piercing only one pepper at a time, if desired. You can always add more, but you can't remove.

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