Keto Bang Bang Chicken

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Crispy, creamy, spicy - make this easy keto bang bang chicken recipe with just a few ingredients and without adding sugar.

Along with fried rice and hunan chicken, Bang Bang Shrimp is one of my favorite appetizers to order at some Chinese food restaurants. Unfortunately, the sauce and breading are not low carb. But I figured out how to make a keto-approved with a few substitutions and just four ingredients in the sauce. Also, I went with chicken instead of shrimp because it’s cheaper and usually family friendly. 

Bang bang chicken bowl on a plate next to sesame seeds and green onions.

How to make sugar-free bang bang sauce?

Bang bang sauce is a creamy, spicy sauce used in Chinese cuisine. It is slightly sweet as well – which means that it’s usually not keto-friendly. 

Typical ingredients found this sauce are mayonnaise, sweet chili sauce, sriracha sauce and honey or sugar. To replace these high carb options, I make my own sauce using mayonnaise, garlic chili sauce, sriracha and sugar-free sweetener. 

Once you got the sauce figured out, to make the crispy fried chicken, I use an egg-free breading mixture of pork panko, almond flour and heavy cream. Seasonings and few other ingredients are added for flavor. Then I fried them in avocado oil until crispy and cooked!

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Bang Bang Sauce Ingredients

Crispy Fried Chicken Bites Ingredients

  • 1 ½ pounds chicken thighs, breast or tenders cut into 1" cubes
  • 1 cup pork panko
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1 ½ teaspoons black pepper, divided
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • avocado oil, for frying

Keto Bang Bang Chicken Directions

  • Keto Bang Bang Chicken
  • Crispy pieces of chicken topped with bang bang sauce over cauliflower rice and next to cucumber.

    Air fryer instructions

    You can cook the chicken pieces in the air fryer; however, the pieces might not have the same crispy texture similar to shallow frying tested in this recipe.

    To make Bang Bang Chicken in the air fryer: Spray the basket of the air fryer with non-stick cooking spray and preheat to 400 degrees. Place about 8-10 pieces in a single layer in the basket of the air fryer. Cook for about 8-10 minutes turning the pieces over ½ way through.

    Keto bang bang chicken covered in spicy sauce and topped with black sesame seeds and green onions.

    Meal prep instructions

    To save time on busy nights, I like to prep up some of these steps ahead of time.

    The sauce can be made up to 7 days ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator until needed.

    The breading for the chicken can be prepared ahead of time. I like to cube the chicken as well to have it ready to go to dip and dredge when I’m ready to fry it.

    I don’t recommend breading the chicken or frying it ahead of time since moisture from the chicken can make the breading soggy overtime.

    Storage instructions

    For optimal crunchy texture of the chicken, it’s best to eat Bang Bang Chicken right away. Otherwise the breading will lose it’s crispiness the longer it sits.

    Cooked bang bang chicken can be kept in an airtight container and refrigerated for 2 days after cooking.

    It’s not recommended to freeze Keto Bang Bang Chicken once it’s been coated in the sauce, as the texture may change. However, you can freeze the cooked chicken without the sauce and make the sauce fresh when ready to serve.

    Keto Bang Bang Chicken: FAQS

    What is bang bang chicken?

    Bang Bang Chicken is a popular dish that originated from Chinese cuisine. It typically consists of crispy chicken pieces tossed in a creamy, spicy sauce.

    Can I use a different protein instead of chicken?

    You can use other proteins like shrimp or tofu to make Keto Bang Bang Chicken. Although, you would no longer call it Chicken.... Just adjust the cooking time accordingly based on the protein you choose.

    Is Bang Bang Chicken spicy?

    The level of spiciness in Keto Bang Bang Chicken can be adjusted according to your preference. You can increase or decrease the amount of hot sauce and other spicy ingredients in the sauce to suit your taste.

    Nutritional information & Macros

    Nutrition Information

    Keto Bang Bang Chicken

    Servings: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 575
    Fat 41.8g
    Protein 40.7g
    Total Carbs 5.7g
    Net Carbs 3.8g

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