There’s nothing like a good bang bang sauce. And until recently, I never realized how EASY it was to create! I used to relish the bang bang shrimp at The Cheesecake Factory, and when we moved away, I found myself craving that creamy, sweet, and slightly spicy sauce. So, like any desperate foodie, I Googled the recipe, but lo and behold, it turns out my amazing bang bang sauce was almost completely made of mayonnaise. Oh boy. I didn’t even stop to do the calorie math. Not that there’s anything wrong with mayonnaise. I love me some mayo. But I don’t want to eat a ton of it in one sitting, ya feel me?
I decided to cut the mayo in half and include some Greek yogurt in there to help add some protein and cut back on the fat a bit. It actually turned out great! I also didn’t have any shrimp on hand, so I decided to try an easy baked Panko recipe that my mom used on chicken, and it also turned out amazingly! I know shrimp would go great in this recipe instead of chicken. Don’t have Panko? You can use just Italian breadcrumbs and you’ll be fine (or vice versa). I just like to use both to make sure I get a good hearty crunch in each bite.
- 1lb chicken breasts, cubed into 1-inch chunks
- 1/4 cup Panko bread crumbs
- 1/3 cup Italian breadcrumbs
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
- Salt and pepper
- Shredded romaine and/or cabbage
- Pre-cut mandarine orange slices (optional)
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise
- 1/4 cup Greek yogurt
- Around 4 big tbsp Sweet chili sauce
- Sriracha for more heat (optional)
- Set the oven to 350 degrees.
- Coat your cubed chicken in vegetable oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- Dip the chicken into the panko and then the Italian breadcrumbs to make sure they're good and coated (or you can combine the panko and breadcrumbs but I find that the chicken doesn't hold onto the panko as well), then set on a baking sheet.
- Bake on a baking sheet for 20 minutes.
- While the chicken is baking, mix all of your ingredients for the bang bang sauce and put it in the fridge. Then shred your greens with a mandolin, or a sharp knife if you're feeling adventurous. Once the chicken is cooked, place a handful of greens on a plate and top with the chicken (can be served hot or cold) and ladle some spoonfuls of sauce over the top. I love to add mandarine oranges to this salad as well for a little more brightness. Up to you!