30 Minute Bang Bang Chicken {copycat recipe}

IMG_0133Remember when I told you that my husband and I switched household duties? He does all laundry and I do all dishes*?

Wanna take a guess how it’s going?


Dishes suck. And, somehow my husband forgets that our two kids exist/have clothes to be cleaned too. So, I basically do half the laundry, all the cooking and all the dishes. AHHHH!!! I don’t know why household chores make me want to kill myself** but they do. Every dish, every sock, every last little thing that can get dirty, I despise with the passion of 1000 suns.

That doesn’t make sense, but I assume you know what I mean.

I realize that logically I should just change my attitude and suck it up, but I’m still in denial.

Dish fairies WILL visit my kitchen every night.

My daughter WILL magically have clean underwear tomorrow morning.

My baby WILL sleep through the night.

I WILL win a million dollars.

IMG_0146Do you see a pattern here? At what point would you call this a problem?

Actually, don’t answer that.

Things still get done around the house {begrudgingly} but I still hold out hope that one day, there will be dish fairies. In all reality, things will get a whole lot easier once I have energy….which will probably happen once my baby sleeps through the night…which will probably be NEVER***.

Once I heard that our brains are wired to think all babies are cute to prevent parents from killing their offspring. I think this mostly applies to animals in the wild and perhaps the occasional human****.

Does this have to do with anything? No. It just popped into my head.

So yes. Bang Bang Chicken.

IMG_0156You like that segway? Thought so.

This dinner is the bomb. My husband always orders the Bang Bang Chicken at The Cheesecake Factory whenever we go. He used to order something new every time we went, but most recently, he ordered this and has been converted. Here’s a direct quote:

“The Bang Bang Chicken is dang dang good.”

He’s so……witty. {name that movie}

Anyways, 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….

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. My make ahead brown rice from the freezer makes this particularly  fast too. Give this a go soon! It’s mighty good!!



30 Minute Bang Bang Chicken {copycat recipe}

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

Yield: 4 servings

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  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large chicken breast, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 small zucchini, julienned
  • 1 1/2 cups sliced carrots
  • 1/2 large onion, diced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • salt & pepper, to taste
  • 1 can 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 and toasted coconut for garnish, optional
  • brown rice for serving


  1. 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.

*worst decision EVER

**figuratively not literally

***I like to be dramatic

****Like myself


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  1. 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! 🙂

  2. 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

  3. It’s like I’m reading a page from my own life! You’re hilarious.

  4. 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 🙂

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

  7. You’re hilarious! I love this post 🙂 I will be trying this some night soon for sure!

  8. 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!!

  9. 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!

  10. 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.

  11. 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. 🙂

  12. I’ve never had bang bang chicken, but this was awesome! You got my husband to eat curry and like it! Great recipe.

  13. 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! 🙂

  14. 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.

    • 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.

  15. I made this for dinner tonight and it was beyond delicious! Thanks for posting 🙂

  16. 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!

  17. 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!

  18. 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 🙂

  19. Is the coconut milk sweetened? Looks so good!

  20. This looks so good. If only my son wasn’t allergic to peanuts. Wonder if cashew butter, or almond butter will work….

  21. 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! 🙂

  22. 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. . .*

  23. 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!

  24. I made this last night. I wish I had read the comments before making it. It was too sweet, I think you could do without the sugar.

  25. I finally got around to making this dish and it was amazing. My husband and son were practically licking their plates.

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

    • Glad you liked it 🙂 Still hating dishes and laundry though!! #always Lol!

  27. If you all check out http://www.Flylady.net you will be surprised at the way she will change your life. Just wish I had known this when my kids were little.

  28. 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)?

  29. Does this recipe freeze well?

  30. You have a husband and children to love and care for, plenty of food to eat, a home to live in and life sucks?

  31. this was SO good. And easy! Can’t beat that! One of my new favorite recipes. Really, just so good

  32. 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!!!!!!!

  33. 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.

  34. 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. 🙂

  35. 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.

  36. Luv your posts & recipes Lauren! You crack me up Chica! ?❤️

  37. 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!

  38. 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.

  39. 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!



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