Baked Fire Popper Chicken

Baked Fire Popper Chicken is made with chicken breasts baked in a glorious honey-brown sugar hot sauce until they’re sticky, sweet, spicy perfection!

Baked Fire Popper Chicken is made with chicken breasts baked in a glorious honey-brown sugar hot sauce until they're sticky, sweet, spicy perfection!Baked Fire Popper Chicken is the easier, healthier, faster and garlickier (I’m going to pretend that is an actual word) cousin to the amazing Chicken Fire Poppers I posted in July. That recipe has been so incredibly popular and so many of you asked me the best way to recreate it without the extra frying and breading that this recipe was a no-brainer.

Baked Fire Popper Chicken is also another example of a fast, more modern interpretation of the ultimate comfort food that the Chicken Fire Poppers are. A healthier twist on a rib sticking recipe, the chicken is baked with fresh minced garlic and the quick two step prep make this an easy weeknight dinner.

Baked Fire Popper Chicken is made with chicken breasts baked in a glorious honey-brown sugar hot sauce until they're sticky, sweet, spicy perfection!

One of my favorite commercials growing up were actually the Foster Farms ones because it had these puppet chickens who were trying to pass themselves off as high quality but they weren’t so they had 101 different comical ways they’d try and sneak into the Foster Farms plant.

Baked Fire Popper Chicken is made with chicken breasts baked in a glorious honey-brown sugar hot sauce until they're sticky, sweet, spicy perfection!

 

If you’ve looked at any chicken recipes on the blog before (sponsored or not) you’ve seen Foster Farms chicken. Aside from the nostalgia factor I am a huge supporter of locally grown ingredients and their chicken is produced locally to me in California and is shipped to stores within 48 hours.

When you’re working with higher quality ingredients it is easier to get dinner on the table. The prep for this meal is really only about five minutes long and it cooks on in one pan that you line with foil to make your life infinitely easier on the clean-up side. Dinner is only 30 minutes away if you start your rice, prepare the chicken and steam the broccoli in the last few minutes the rice and chicken are cooking.

Baked Fire Popper Chicken is made with chicken breasts baked in a glorious honey-brown sugar hot sauce until they're sticky, sweet, spicy perfection!

Tools used in this recipe:
9×13 Baking Pan – I used a baking sheet for this recipe and the next time I make it I will use this pan. The sheet was a bit too large, this pan will keep the sauce closer to the chicken for a thicker glaze.
Pig Tail Flipper – I use this *almost* more than I use tongs in the kitchen. Flipping is so quick and doesn’t smash foods. This tool makes it easy to move the chicken to your pan and to flip the thighs at the end of cooking without losing any of your glaze.

Hot Sauce – Source it locally in your grocery store if possible to save on the price, but this is the hot sauce you want!
Honey – Any real honey will work, just make sure what you are buying is actually pure honey. The amount of fake honey being sold out there is astronomical and it is just colored corn syrup. This bottle is great, I get it straight from Costco, but for the price and for the fact I know it is authentic honey, I keep it as my standby. Also, it has a nice mild flavor which is what you want for this recipe. Avoid floral honeys that would have a flavor battle with your hot sauce.

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Baked Fire Popper Chicken

Baked Fire Popper Chicken is made with chicken breasts baked in a glorious honey-brown sugar hot sauce until they're sticky, sweet, spicy perfection!
Yield 6 servings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Main
Cuisine American
Author Sabrina Snyder

Ingredients
 

  • 1 pound Foster Farms Simply Raised Chicken Breasts , skinless
  • 1 pound Foster Farms Simply Raised Chicken Thighs , skin on
  • 4 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup hot sauce

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a large bowl, combine the garlic, onion powder, sugar, brown sugar, honey and hot sauce and mix.
  • Add the chicken into the bowl and make sure it is well covered.
  • Place the chicken breasts onto your baking pan and the thighs, skin side down.
  • Pour any excess sauce over the chicken.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes on the bottom rack of your oven.
  • You can let it cool on the pan, but flip the thighs skin side up before the glaze hardens to the foil and you lose skin trying to flip it.

Notes

Adapted from Chicken Fire Poppers which was adapted from CHIC made Simple.

Nutrition

Calories: 291kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 101mg | Sodium: 414mg | Potassium: 495mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 80IU | Vitamin C: 10.7mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1.2mg
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Baked Fire Popper Chicken is made with chicken breasts baked in a glorious honey-brown sugar hot sauce until they're sticky, sweet, spicy perfection!

Baked Fire Popper Chicken is made with chicken breasts baked in a glorious honey-brown sugar hot sauce until they're sticky, sweet, spicy perfection!
Baked Fire Popper Chicken is made with chicken breasts baked in a glorious honey-brown sugar hot sauce until they're sticky, sweet, spicy perfection!

About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the upcoming cookbook: Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients which is being published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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  1. Ohhhhh I’m so glad you made this twist on the chicken from earlier… definitely have to give this one a go 🙂