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Volcano Chicken on a bed of rice being served on a white plate.

Volcano Chicken

This Volcano Chicken has crispy, fried chicken tossed in a spicy garlic chili sauce and served over a bed of rice. It's our version of the classic Thai dish that you can make as spicy as your taste buds can handle!
Course Main Course
Cuisine asian, thai
Keyword chicken, spicy
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 568kcal



  • 1.5 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite sized pieces
  • ½ cups cornstarch
  • ½ cup cold water
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • Salt and pepper
  • Oil for frying


  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sriracha sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Red Thai curry paste
  • 1 to 2 jalapeno peppers diced (depending on how spicy you want the sauce)
  • 2 cups white rice prepared


  • Heat the oil in a large pan over medium heat.
  • Whisk together the cornstarch and water until smooth and well combined. Add the soy sauce, eggs, salt and pepper until mixed well.
    Cornstarch Slurry for Volcano Chicken
  • Dip each piece of chicken in the batter and fry until golden brown.
    Volcano after it's been fried
  • While the chicken is frying, prepare the sauce by whisking together the water, chicken broth, garlic, sugar, brown sugar, soy sauce, sriracha sauce, and Thai curry paste until combined.
    Making Sauce for Volcano Chicken
  • Pour the sauce in a saucepan and add the diced jalapeno.
  • Cook over medium heat until boiling then reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 to 30 minutes until reduced.
  • For a milder sauce, strain the peppers from the sauce. Otherwise, pour the entire sauce mixture into a large bowl.
  • Add the cooked chicken and toss to coat.
    Mixing volcano chicken with sauce
  • Allow the chicken to rest in the sauce for five minutes, then serve over white rice.


USE A NICE, BIG FRYING PAN OR WOK- You are going to want something with plenty of room to work. This Frying Pan is pretty awesome and super affordable!
SERVE ON SEARED CABBAGE AND CARROTS- You can add this to the rice or sub it for the rice. Just put 2 tbsp on oil in the pan on a medium high heat. Chop up a small head of cabbage and about 4 carrots diagonally. Dump them into the oil for a short amount of time. You really just want to sear them a bit so that get that nice char on them. You can also serve this dish on just a bed of lettuce too!
CAN YOU USE CHICKEN THIGHS FOR VOLCANO CHICKEN?- Yep, you sure can. I love making Asian (or Southeast Asian in this case) food with Chicken Thighs! Just use 1.5 lbs of boneless, skinless chicken thighs instead of the chicken breast!
ADD HEAT?- You can make this dish as spicy as you want! You can do this by adding the amount of Sriracha, Jalapenos or both! Go for it!


Calories: 568kcal