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This spicy chicken salad is loaded with juicy shredded chicken and crunchy cucumbers dressed with a sesame chili sauce. Get the details in this Bang Bang Chicken recipe.

Bang Bang Chicken (棒棒鸡)

With tender poached chicken and crunchy cucumbers dressed in a fiery chili sesame sauce, my easy take on Bang Bang Chicken is simply scrumptious. Serve it as a side dish, or as a high-protein low-carb entree to keep you powered through the day.
Course Appetizer, Entree, Salad
Cuisine Chinese
Keyword ban ban, bang bang, chicken, easy, healthy, poached, spicy, summer
Level Beginner
Main Ingredient Poultry
Diet Dairy-Free, Low Sugar, Low-Carb
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 258 kcal


For salad

  • 32 grams scallion (2-3 scallions, white parts only)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 220 grams cucumber (2 Japanese cucumbers)

For dressing

  • 1 tablespoon black vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame paste (tahini will work)
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt.
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 12 grams garlic (2 large cloves, finely minced)
  • 8 grams ginger (finely minced)
  • 2 teaspoons red chili flakes (to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground Sichuan pepper

For chicken

  • 460 grams chicken tenders

For assembly

  • 2 teaspoons roasted black sesame seeds
  • cilantro (for garnish)


  1. Cut the white part of the scallions into 2-inch lengths (5cm). Slice each piece open lengthwise. You want to cut halfway through the stalk, which should allow you to unroll the scallion into flat sheets. Then, just slice them into thin ribbons.
    Julienned scallions for bang bang chicken recipe.
  2. Add the julienned scallions into a bowl of cold water, along with the baking soda. Let this sit soak while you prepare the rest of the Bang Bang chicken.
    Julienned scallions soaking in water to tame them.
  3. Trim the ends off the cucumber and then use a rolling pin to crush the cucumber. Use your hands to break the cucumber up into bite-size pieces and then put them in a bowl and sprinkle with salt. Set aside.
    Pounding cucumber with a rolling pin for making bang bang chicken.
  4. Bring a pot of well-salted water to a rolling boil (1 tablespoon salt to 6 cups water).
  5. While you're waiting for the water to boil, make the dressing by whisking together the black vinegar, soy sauce, sesame paste, sesame oil, and salt.
    Sesame paste, black vinegar and soy sauce in a glass bowl to make the sauce for bang bang chicken.
  6. To make the chili oil, add 2 tablespoons of oil to a small frying pan along with the ginger and garlic. Fry over medium heat until the mixture is very fragrant and starting to brown.
    Garlic and ginger frying in a pan to make chili oil for bang bang chicken.
  7. Add the chili flakes and Sichuan pepper and fry until fragrant (but be careful not to burn it).
    Spicy chili oil in a pan for making bang bang chicken.
  8. Carefully drizzle the chili oil mixture into the black vinegar mixture. This will spatter so do this cautiously. Whisk to make a smooth dressing. Set aside.
    Chili oil added to the dressing for bang bang chicken.
  9. Add the chicken tenders to the boiling salt water and then turn off the heat. Let the chicken poach until you can split one in half and it's no longer pink inside (About 5-7 minutes).
    Chicken tenders poaching in a pot of hot water.
  10. Transfer the chicken to an ice bath to stop the cooking immediately. Drain and pat dry and then shred the chicken into the bowl with the dressing.
    Poached chicken tenders for bang bang chicken chilling in a bowl of ice water.
  11. Squeeze any excess water from the cucumbers using your hands and then add the cucumber to the chicken. Add the black sesame seeds and then toss to coat everything evenly with the dressing.
    Chicken and crushed cucumbers tossed with bang bang chicken sauce in a glass bowl.
  12. Drain and rinse the scallions and then use a salad spinner or paper towels to dry.
  13. Plate the bang bang chicken and top with a nest of scallions and cilantro leaves.
Nutrition Facts
Bang Bang Chicken (棒棒鸡)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 258 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 7g35%
Cholesterol 73mg24%
Sodium 687mg29%
Potassium 580mg17%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 26g52%
Vitamin A 450IU9%
Vitamin C 5.6mg7%
Calcium 43mg4%
Iron 1.3mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.