Baked Firecracker Chicken


1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/2 cup Sriracha hot sauce
2/3 cup brown sugar, packed
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1-2 teaspoons red pepper flakes
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste


Preheat oven to 400°F.
In a small saucepan, combine the hot sauce, sugar, soy sauce, vinegar, garlic, and pepper flakes, and cook over medium heat until the sugar has dissolved.
Meanwhile, in a medium cast iron skillet (or other oven-safe skillet), heat oil over medium-high heat. Season chicken breasts generously with salt and pepper, and cook until browned, 3-5 minutes per side.
Brush some of the sauce over the chicken, and transfer skillet to oven.
Bake until chicken is cooked through, 10-15 minutes, basting chicken with sauce every 5 minutes.
Remove chicken from oven and serve with leftover sauce. Enjoy!