Bang Bang Chicken

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If you like the Bang Bang Chicken from The Cheesecake Factory, then this dinner is for you! Creamy, spicy, delicious, and ready in 30 minutes!

Bang Bang Chicken

Bang Bang Chicken Recipe

This dinner is the bomb. My husband always orders the Bang Bang Chicken and Shrimp at The Cheesecake Factory whenever we go. After sampling his dinner and then sampling it again, I decided to try and make it at home. I first used a recipe I found online and it was awful. Then, I just relied on my own smarts and it came out amazing! Imagine that…

Main Ingredients Needed

I tried to keep this on the healthy side by adding in a bunch of veggies, but really, this sauce is what makes the dish amazing and is full of calories. Just accept it and move on. #worthit It’s velvety, smooth, creamy, spicy, and divine. Especially if it can be on your table ready to go in 30 minutes.  Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Olive Oil – used to cook chicken and saute veggies.
  • Chicken – If you really wanted to speed this recipe up you could use rotisserie chicken. The Cheesecake Factory recipe is actually called Bang Bang Chicken and Shrimp, so that means, you could either add shrimp too or swap out the chicken for shrimp. It’s up to you!
  • Zucchini, Carrots, Onions, and Peas – all of the veggies that go into this super flavorful dish.
  • Flour – used to slightly thicken.
  • Chicken Stock – use a good quality chicken stock for best results.
  • Salt and Pepper – season to taste.
  • Coconut Milk – used for its flavor and fat content.
  • Sugar – to slightly sweeten.
  • Peanut Butter – used for its flavor and smooth texture.
  • Curry Powder, Tumeric, and Red Pepper Flakes – all the spices that are used in this dish. If you don’t like spicy, use less curry powder and red pepper flakes.
  • Heavy Cream – used to thicken and to make a creamy finish.
  • Brown Rice – my make-ahead brown rice from the freezer makes this recipe particularly fast too. If you don’t have any leftover rice, just make some fresh.
  • Peanuts – optional but recommended as a garnish.
  • Toasted Coconut – optional but recommended as a garnish.

Too Sweet?

Some of my readers have commented that this Bang Bang Chicken recipe is too sweet. Two things:

  1. Make sure you are using plain unsweetened coconut milk.
  2. Try adding 1 teaspoon of sugar instead of 1 tablespoon. Or leave it out altogether.

I understand that different people have different tastes, so cater this recipe to you and your family’s liking. Enjoy 🙂

Bang Bang Chicken

How to Make Bang Bang Chicken

If you don’t have leftover or frozen rice you can whip up, start a couple of cups before starting the chicken. They should finish cooking around the same time. For full recipe details, check out the recipe card down below.

  1. In a large pot or deep skillet, heat olive oil. Add in chicken and cook until mostly cooked thoroughly.
  2. Add in zucchini, carrot, and onion and sauté. Sprinkle in flour and cook another minute.
  3. Add in chicken stock, salt, and pepper. Bring to boil and reduce to simmer. Liquid won’t thicken very much at all–this is normal.
  4. Stir in coconut milk, peanut butter, sugar, and spices. Simmer. Before serving, stir in heavy cream and peas. Cook another minute to warm peas through. Serve Bang Bang Chicken and enjoy!

How to Serve Bang Bang Chicken

To serve Bang Bang Chicken, scoop a good serving of brown rice into your bowl. Top with chicken and sauce mixture, then sprinkle with peanuts and toasted coconut.

Of course, those two at the end are optional but they really pretty up this dish as well as adding flavor and texture.

Bang Bang Chicken


Any Bang Bang Chicken leftovers can be stored in an airtight container, in the fridge, for up to 5 days.

More Chicken Recipes to Try!

Give this Bang Bang Chicken Recipe a go soon! It’s mighty good!!

Printable recipe card is below.

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4.90 from 29 votes

Bang Bang Chicken

If you like the Bang Bang Chicken from The Cheesecake Factory, then this dinner is for you! Creamy, spicy, delicious and ready in 30 minutes!
servings 4 servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large chicken breast cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 small zucchini julienned
  • 1 1/2 cups carrots sliced
  • 1/2 large onion diced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 can unsweetened coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons all natural peanut butter
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup frozen peas
  • peanuts for garnish, optional
  • toasted coconut for garnish, optional
  • brown rice for serving


  • In a large pot or deep skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add in chicken and cook 2 minutes or until mostly cooked thoroughly. 
  • Add in zucchini, carrot, and onion and sauté five minutes. Sprinkle in flour and cook another minute.
  • Add in chicken stock, salt, and pepper. Bring to boil and reduce to simmer. Liquid won't thicken very much at all--this is normal. 
  • Stir in coconut milk, peanut butter, sugar, and spices. Simmer 5 minutes. Before serving, stir in heavy cream and peas. Cook another minute to warm peas through and serve over brown rice. Top with peanuts and toasted coconut.


Calories: 581kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 43g | Saturated Fat: 24g | Cholesterol: 58mg | Sodium: 248mg | Potassium: 928mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 8600IU | Vitamin C: 25.2mg | Calcium: 72mg | Iron: 4.9mg
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bang bang chicken, bang bang chicken and shrimp, bang bang chicken recipe
4.90 from 29 votes (3 ratings without comment)

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  1. Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Fudge aka... the easiest recipe, like ever. - Lauren's Latest

    […] church {hallelujah}, I took a nap, made Bang Bang Chicken for dinner, and played Telestrations with […]

  2. Jamie

    5 stars
    I have been wanting to make this since you posted it…3.5 years ago. I am so sad that I waited so long because it was SO good! My hubby loved it and even my picky almost 2 year old loved it. Thanks for a great and easy recipe, it will be made much more often now!

  3. Kelly

    i LUV your sense of humor…it sooooo mirrors mine its scary***
    thank you for making me smile today.****
    the recipe sounds awesome…just NEVER been to the cheesecake factory before.

  4. Marguerite

    5 stars
    Made this Chicken Bang Bang and it was delicious thank you sharing the recipe, this will be made again its a keeper. Thank you again!

  5. Pat Holland

    Bang Bang Chicken…can coconut milk or cream of coconut milk be substituted? Does all natural peanut butter have soy?. I must follow no glutens, no dairy and no soy. Thank you.

  6. Cindy

    About those dishes. I fixed that problem before I got married. I was upfront with my future husband and told him “I don’t do dishes,” so if you if you are not willing to do them you have the option of backing out of this wedding. He has ALWAYS done the dishes for 38 years now. I guess that is why we have such a great marriage. 🙂

  7. Genevieve Noga

    5 stars
    Made this tonight. I loved it. Wasn’t sure about how my husband would like it when I said it contained curry, but he said it was delicious and would definitely want me to make this again! Thank you for so many easy and delicious recipes.

  8. nicole

    5 stars
    omg!!! this recipe was spot on, I added more sugar a little garlic powder and left out the zucchini, they were out at my grocery store. Oh and I used argentine shrimp instead of chicken! Thanks so much!!!!!!!

  9. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Fudge aka… the easiest recipe, like ever. | Lauren's Latest

    […] church {hallelujah}, I took a nap, made Bang Bang Chicken for dinner, and played telestrations with […]

  10. Lise

    Just looked this recipe up because I’m eating it straight from Cheesecake Factory! I think the dish has lemon rind and cooked apple slices (or peach)?

  11. Lillian Mahoney

    If you all check out you will be surprised at the way she will change your life. Just wish I had known this when my kids were little.

  12. Laura @ The Salty Kitchen

    Best.Post.Ever. I literally laughed out loud. Will be making this soon, and thank you for brining a smile to my face!

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    […] 30 Minute Chicken Bang Bang from Lauren’s Latest- I tried this recipe on a whim after Lauren posted it on her Facebook […]

  14. Melissa @ Bless this Mess

    5 stars
    I put this on your FB picture after I saw you post this but I have to leave a comment. This was AWESOME! It was so fast and easy and delicious. My 2, 4, and 6, year old kids gobbled it up. I’m grateful there are leftovers too 🙂 I can’t wait until lunch!

  15. Tonia

    Household cleaning “fairies” are called brownies — traditionally, the way to “thank” them was to leave a bowl of milk out. I’ve been waiting for YEARS for my own household brownie. . . *waiting, waiting. . .*

  16. Denise

    5 stars
    I literally love waking up with no idea what to make for dinner and seeing a Facebook post of a recipe that looks good AND where I have all the ingredients already! Making this tonight! Thanks! 🙂

  17. Chris

    5 stars
    I’ve been looking for a good version of this for years. We just did this last night and it’s exactly like the one from the Cheesecake Factory. THANK YOU SOOOOOO MUCH 🙂

  18. Briar

    5 stars
    Made this tonight and it was amazing! I’ve never tried the original, but I haven’t been this excited about a new recipe in a while. This is so easy and sooo delicious! Thank you!

  19. Jennie @themessybakerblog

    I so wish dish fairies and laundry fairies existed. I wouldn’t mind waking up to a sparkling clean sink and folded clothes. This dish looks so good. Pinned!

  20. Iris Tate

    I wanted to print it to take to my kitchen, but when I clicked on Print, it clicked to a site to sign up for Pinterest, which I do not want. How do I print it?
    It sounds good and I want to try it but do not want to hand write it off.

    1. Nikki

      If you hover over the printer icon, it takes you to pintrest. If you hover over the word “print” it turns white & you can click the word & it opens up the print window.

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  22. Chris

    5 stars
    I made this last night and it was fabulous. I made a few ingredient modifications (light coconut milk & no sugar) and I cooked the rice (instant brown) in the sauce. Totally reminded me of indian veggie korma. I will definitely be making this again. Thanks for the great recipe! 🙂

  23. Caroline @ chocolate & carrots

    5 stars
    I can officially say this is delicious! I did make a few modifications to make it a little healthier and it came out amazingly creamy! 😀 I left out the heavy cream and also used light coconut milk. Mmm! So good. Thanks for the great recipe which will likely become a family staple. 🙂

  24. Kathryn

    Dishes do suck don’t they? I never feel like anything gets properly clean. Drives me mad. This chicken, on the other hand, looks totally delicious.

  25. Vickie

    Dishes …&… Laundry Yuk!! I don’t mind to load them but it’s all the unloading and folding of clothes and putting away just to be all used up again and go through the same thing! What a process!! Same as grocery shopping …On the shelf off the shelf in the cart out of the cart in the bag and in the car out of the car out of the bag on the shelf off the shelf… Woo I’m tired already…. Please send all household faries my way to please!! Have a happy day!

  26. Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen

    Up until a few months ago I spent my adult life without a dishwasher. Somehow I never minded washing dishes. I’ll happily come wash your dishes for a big plate of this chicken!!

  27. carrian

    Tell you what, you take care of social media for me, and I’ll do the dishes and laundry. I totally don’t mind for some reason. Although the hubs and kids do help with both. BUT, I swear have two kids has given us 15 times the laundry instead of just doubling it.

  28. Tieghan

    Dishes are the worst!! It is for sure my worst favorite task of the day. Ugh!!
    I love this recreation of bang bang chicken! It looks awesome and my whole family wold eat it! That is amazing right there. YAY!

  29. Pam Parson

    Poor thing ! I can remember so well feeling like that and it seems like it will never end..argh. Kinda sounds like hubby could use a gentle reminder, I never met a man who couldn’t. The recipe sounds awesome, can’t wait ti try it 🙂

  30. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes

    Oh wow…looks like an awesome copy cat recipe! I’ve been wanting to try bang bang chicken at home for a long time now

  31. Meg

    Mmmm…looks so good! One question, please…are those Spanish peanuts? I am assuming they aren’t dry roasted. Thanks…your posts are fantastic and always make me giggle! 🙂