Honey Chipotle Firecracker Chicken

The 4th of July is one of my favorite days of the year. I love the patriotic feel of the whole day with all of the red, white, and blue decorations. I love the feeling of celebrating our freedom with my loved ones, the sound of some good ole' country music, and the excitement of watching fireworks light up the sky. Sigh. It all makes me feel like a little kid again. I can never get enough of that feeling and I enjoy passing down my love for the holiday to my kids. With any luck they will continue to celebrate with as much patriotic enthusiasm as their Mom!

This year we are throwing a cookout for family, friends, and extended family followed up by a firework show over the bayou put on by my husband, Jon. I'm chomping at the bit to pull out my big box of Americana décor, dress the kids in their color coordinating finest, and stick the beer on ice. To help pass the time I have been coming up with new recipes that go with the July 4th theme. Everyone knows the massive amounts of food is the best part of a cookout!

 I got ridiculously lucky with this recipe for Honey Chipotle Firecracker Chicken. I was after a good marinade recipe, something that would flavor the chicken before getting a good grilling. I kept adding ingredients and tasting the marinade, adding and tasting. Litehouse's Instantly Fresh Herbs, like the Instantly Fresh Garlic used in this recipe, make this easy to do because I can skip the mincing and chopping and get right to creating the perfect marinade. In the end I realized this was a terrible marinade, there was no way I could soak my chicken in it. I needed to COVER my chicken with it! It was thick and sweet and spicy. Just the perfect chicken glaze, I quickly changed my game plan.

 I knew that in order to get as much of the glaze to stick to the chicken as possible I needed to give it something to cling to. A quick coating in a light and crispy herbed panko mixture created just the right glue for my new favorite sauce. Because I cut the chicken into thin strips it cooked up very quickly giving me an entire sheet full of crispy chicken strips in 16 minutes! This sure does seem like it's going to be the perfect party recipe eh?

 After baking I dipped each chicken strip into the Honey Chipotle mixture, my mouth watering as each piece became perfectly coated with the thick and sticky sauce. It was the perfect recipe. Quick, easy, enough to feed a crowd, and the best chicken I've ever tasted in my life!

 Don't stress over cooking for your July 4th BBQ, all you need is this Honey Chipotle Firecracker Chicken and a bit of patriotism. Now go fly your flags and let's get on to celebrating our freedom!

Honey Chipotle Firecracker Chicken

Serves 6-8 | Finish in 31 minutes

Celebrate the 4th of July with these sweet and smoky Honey Chipotle Firecracker Chicken Strips. The sticky glaze is quick and easy to make and coats every square inch of the panko herb coated chicken. Every bite is like fireworks in your mouth!


3 lb boneless skinless chicken breast sliced into thin strips
1/2 c. vegetable oil
6 Tbsp. honey
2 Tbsp. ketchup
2 tsp. Litehouse Instantly Fresh Garlic
2 tsp. chili powder
2 tsp. paprika
2 tsp.Worchestershire sauce
2 tsp. salt
2 chipotle peppers in adobo chopped
2 tsp. apple cider vinegar
1 1/2c. panko bread crumbs
2 Tbsp. Litehouse Instantly Fresh Salad Herb Blend


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a bowl whisk together the oil, honey, ketchup, garlic, chili powder, paprika, Worcestershire, salt, chipotle peppers, and vinegar. Place roughly 1/3 of the Honey Chipotle Sauce in a separate bowl and add the sliced chicken tossing to coat. In a pie pan stir together the panko and salad herb blend. Lightly coat each piece of chicken in the panko then place on the prepared baking sheet. Bake in the preheated oven for 8 minutes, flip, and then bake an additional 8 minutes. Dip each baked chicken strip in the remaining 2/3 Honey Chipotle Sauce. Serve with patriotic toothpicks!

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