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When I tell people that I make my own bang bang chicken and shrimp, they always give me a look of disbelief. “There’s no way that’s as good as the real thing,” they say. But once they try it, they’re always converted.

The best part about this dish is that it’s so easy to make. You just need a few simple ingredients: chicken or shrimp, some Thai chili sauce, honey, and rice vinegar. First, you’ll want to cook your chicken or shrimp in a hot pan until it’s cooked through. Then add the Thai chili sauce, honey, and rice vinegar to the pan and cook for another minute or two until everything is nice and sticky. Serve over some steamed rice and enjoy!

And that’s it! The Bang Bang Chicken and Shrimp recipe is always a crowd pleaser!

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You’ll love the sweet and spicy sauce with the chicken and shrimp. Plus, it’s perfect for a quick and easy weeknight meal. Give it a try!

Ready to make this delicious dish for yourself? Follow the recipe below and you’ll be enjoying some amazing bang bang chicken and shrimp in no time! And if you love this recipe, be sure to check out our other Asian-inspired recipes. We know you’ll find something to love. Bon appetit!

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Bang Bang Chicken and Shrimp

I have always enjoyed eating spicy food. I can’t help it! There are many versions of bang bang chicken and shrimp, but naturally, this one is my ultimate favorite. I love that I don’t have to do tons and tons of work to make it happen, and my entire family will actually eat it without complaint. (That’s not very common!)

I wanted to use chicken and shrimp together because they are my two favorite types of meat. The combination makes the best texture as well as flavor. Shrimp is loaded with lots of nutrients too, so I try to add it to my diet on a regular basis. Plus, it just tastes wonderful too. 

What does Bang Bang mean in recipes?

The term bang bang chicken and shrimp is often used to describe a dish made with chicken or shrimp that are battered and then fried. The name of the dish is thought to have originated in China, where it was called Pàng Pàng Jiāng Shrimp. The bang bang sauce is a simple mixture of soy sauce, rice vinegar, chili sauce, and sugar.

What is Bang Bang Sauce?

Bang bang sauce is a Thai-inspired, creamy, and spicy sauce that is perfect for chicken or shrimp. It’s easy to make and can be tailored to your own taste by adding more or less chili sauce.

This delicious sauce is perfect for a quick and easy weeknight meal, and can also be served at parties or as part of a buffet. It’s sure to be a hit with everyone!

Is Bang Bang sauce the same as Yum Yum?

This is a question that many people have asked and there is no clear answer. Some say that they are the same while others say that they are different. So, what is the truth?

To start with, both sauces are made with a similar ingredients list. They both contain chili sauce, honey, and soy sauce. However, bang bang sauce also contains peanut butter while yum yum sauce does not. This could be why some people think they are different.

Another difference between the two sauces is the level of heat. Bang bang sauce is spicier than yum yum sauce. If you want a milder sauce, then yum yum sauce is the better option.

So, which sauce should you choose? It really depends on what you are looking for. If you want a spicy and peanutty sauce, then bang bang sauce is the better choice. If you want a milder option, then go with yum yum sauce.

What is Bang Bang Shrimp sauce made of?

Bang bang shrimp sauce is made of chili paste, mayonnaise, and some seasoning. It’s a popular dish in Chinese cuisine, but it has become popular in the United States in recent years. The dish is made by coating shrimp in a batter made from flour, cornstarch, baking powder, salt, and pepper. The shrimp are then deep-fried and served with bang bang sauce.

What goes with Bang Bang Shrimp?

Shrimp is a great protein to serve with bang bang sauce because it’s light and pairs well with the spicy sauce. You can also add some vegetables like bell peppers or broccoli to the mix to bulk up the dish and make it more filling. If you’re looking for something a little more hearty, you could serve bang bang shrimp over rice or noodles. Whatever you choose, it’s sure to be a delicious and easy weeknight meal!

What Is The Best Chicken To Use 

The best chicken to use is boneless skinless chicken breasts. It is flavorful and juicy. I love how the texture and flavor are with the other ingredients when I use chicken breasts. You can swap the chicken breasts for boneless skinless chicken thighs if you’d rather.

Can I Increase The Heat?

Yes, if you want it to be hotter, you can add in some cayenne pepper or some sriracha. Both are great ways to increase the heat and tastes good too. Another option would be some red pepper flakes. Just add a little bit at a time, so you don’t overdo it.

What Is The Best Chicken To Use 

The best chicken to use is boneless skinless chicken breasts. It is flavorful and juicy. I love how the texture and flavor are with the other ingredients when I use chicken breasts. You can swap the chicken breasts for boneless skinless chicken thighs if you’d rather.

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Can I Increase The Heat?

Yes, if you want it to be hotter, you can add in some cayenne pepper or some sriracha. Both are great ways to increase the heat and tastes good too. Another option would be some red pepper flakes. Just add a little bit at a time, so you don’t overdo it.

What To Pair With Bang Bang Chicken 

Serve the bang bang chicken and shrimp with any of your favorite sides. I like to serve egg rolls, salads, and fresh fruit. All are great options, so feel free to try out some other foods as well.

Storing Leftovers 

Place leftovers in the fridge after they have cooled. Keep the leftovers in the fridge for up to 5 days. You can reheat them in the microwave by placing them on a microwave-safe plate and covering them with a paper towel. Heat for 1-2 minutes or until hot and serve.

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Ingredients

  • Sweetened coconut, flaked
  • Chili oil
  • Minced onion
  • Minced garlic cloves
  • Ginger, minced
  • Chicken broth
  • ground cumin
  • Ground coriander
  • Paprika
  • Salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • Mace (grounded)
  • Ground turmeric
  • Coconut milk
  • Carrots, julienned
  • Zucchini, julienned
  • Frozen peas
  • Creamy peanut butter
  • Water
  • Sugar
  • Soy sauce
  • Rice vinegar
  • Lime juice
  • Chili oil
  • Chicken breast fillets
  • Large raw shrimp shelled
  • Cornstarch
  • Vegetable oil
  • Jasmine rice
  • Dried parsley, crumbled
  • Peanuts
  • Green onions, julienned

How to Make Bang Bang Chicken and Shrimp

First Step: Begin by preheating the oven to 300 degrees F. Then spread out the sweetened coconut on a baking sheet and toast 20-25 minutes. It’s done when it is lightly browned. You will need to stir the coconut around every 10 minutes so that it browns evenly. After the coconut has browned, it will need to cool. 

Second Step: Heat chili oil using medium heat. Then add in the onion, garlic, and ginger and saute for 30 seconds. After 30 seconds, pour in the chicken broth.  Sprinkle in the cumin, coriander, paprika, salt, black pepper, and turmeric and stir to combine. Simmer the mixture for 5 minutes then pour in the coconut milk.

Third Step: Cook the mixture until it’s boiling, then reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Once the sauce begins to thicken, add in the carrots, zucchini, and frozen peas. Simmer the veggies for 10 minutes or until carrots become tender.

Fourth Step: Combine the peanut butter, water, sugar, soy sauce, rice vinegar, lime juice, and chili oil over medium heat. Warm just until the mixture begins to bubble, then cover the pan and remove from the heat.

Fifth Step: Chop the chicken breasts into bite-size pieces. Then coat all of the chicken with 1/4 cup corn starch and set aside. In a separate bowl mix together the shrimp with 1/4 cup corn starch, set aside.

Sixth Step: Then, you will need to heat the vegetable oil in a wok or large skillet with medium heat. Place the coated chicken to the pan and sauté until it’s no longer pink.  Next, add the shrimp to the pan and cook 3 to 5 minutes, then remove to paper towels to drain.

Seventh Step: Fill up a small soup bowl with 1 cup of white rice. Gently press down on the rice. Then you’ll need to invert the bowl onto the center of a plate, tap, then lift off the bowl leaving a formed pile of rice in the center of each plate.

Eighth Step: Next, you’ll need to arrange an equal portion of chicken and shrimp around the rice. Use a spoon to place the vegetable sauce over the chicken and shrimp, being careful not to get any sauce on top of the rice.

Ninth Step: Pour the peanut sauce over the bang bang chicken and shrimp dish. Place most of the sauce on the rice. Sprinkle 1/4 teaspoon of crumbled, dried parsley over the center of the rice.

Tenth Step: Sprinkle one tablespoon of chopped peanuts on the parsley. Add a pile of julienned green onions on top. Sprinkle 1/4 cup of toasted coconut over the chicken and shrimp.

Enjoy!

What To Pair With Bang Bang Chicken 

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Serve the bang bang chicken and shrimp with any of your favorite sides. I like to serve egg rolls, salads, and fresh fruit. All are great options, so feel free to try out some other foods as well.

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Bang Bang Chicken and Shrimp

Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Bang Bang Chicken and Shrimp is one of our favorite dinner ideas. This bang bang chicken is loaded with spicy flavor, tender chicken, rich shrimp, and more.
Bang Bang Chicken and Shrimp
4.50 from 4 votes

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup sweetened coconut, flaked
  • 2 teaspoons chili oil
  • 1/4 cup onion, minced
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic cloves
  • 2 teaspoons ginger, minced
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground mace
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 3 cups coconut milk
  • 2 medium carrots, julienned
  • 1 small zucchini, julienned
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 4 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili oil
  • 4 chicken breast fillets
  • 32 large raw shrimp, shelled
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch, divided
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 cups cooked jasmine rice
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley, crumbled
  • 4 tablespoons peanuts
  • 4 green onions, julienned

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Spread coconut on a baking sheet and toast 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned. Stir the coconut around every 10 minutes so that it browns evenly. Allow to cool. You just want to toast the coconut.
  • In a large saucepan over medium heat, heat chili oil. Add the onion, garlic, and ginger. Sauté for about 30 seconds then add the chicken broth. Add cumin, coriander, paprika, salt, black pepper, and turmeric and stir to combine. Simmer for 5 minutes then add the coconut milk.
  • Bring the mixture back to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes or until sauce begins to thicken. Add the julienned carrots, zucchini, and frozen peas. Simmer the mixture for 10 minutes or until carrots become tender.
  • In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine peanut butter, water, sugar, soy sauce, rice vinegar, lime juice, and chili oil. Heat just until the mixture begins to bubble, then cover the pan and remove from the heat.
  • Cut the chicken breasts into bite-size pieces, coat the chicken with 1/4 cup corn starch, set aside. In a separate bowl combine shrimp with 1/4 cup corn starch, set aside.
  • Heat the vegetable oil in a wok or large skillet over medium heat. Add the coated chicken to the pan and sauté until no longer pink.  Add the shrimp to the pan and cook 3 to 5 minutes, then remove to paper towels to drain.
  • To serve, fill a small soup bowl with 1 cup of white rice. Press down on the rice. Invert the bowl onto the center of a plate, tap, then lift off the bowl leaving a formed pile of rice in the center of each plate.
  • Arrange an equal portion of chicken and shrimp around the rice. Spoon the vegetable sauce over the chicken and shrimp, being careful not to get any sauce on top of the rice.
  • Drizzle peanut sauce over the bang bang chicken and shrimp dish concentrating most of it on the rice. Sprinkle 1/4 teaspoon of crumbled, dried parsley over the center of the rice.
  • Add a tablespoon of chopped peanuts on the parsley, then place a pile of julienned green onions on top. Sprinkle 1/4 cup of toasted coconut over the chicken and shrimp.
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