Fireball Chicken

Fireball Chicken is a deliciously bold and flavorful dish perfect for grilling season. The combination of sweet and spicy flavors with a hint of cinnamon whisky makes this chicken an unforgettable meal. Serve it at your next barbecue or family dinner for a spicy twist on a classic favorite.


  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (pounded to an even thickness, approximately 1 1/2 – 2 pounds, about 3/4 inch thickness)
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • ⅓ cup jalapeño pepper jelly
  • ¼ cup Fireball cinnamon whisky
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon


  1. Prepare the chicken: Place your boneless skinless chicken breasts into a 9×13 baking dish. Set aside.
  2. Make the Fireball sauce: In a 2-quart sauce pot over medium heat, combine the ketchup, jalapeño pepper jelly, Fireball cinnamon whisky, unsalted butter, light brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, black pepper, and ground cinnamon. Stir to combine.
  3. Simmer the sauce: Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce the heat to low, and simmer for 5 minutes. The sauce will thicken slightly. Remove from heat and allow to cool for 5 minutes.
  4. Marinate the chicken: Reserve ½ cup of the Fireball sauce, cover with plastic wrap, and set aside. Pour the remaining sauce evenly over the chicken breasts. Cover the chicken and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours or overnight.
  5. Grill the chicken: Preheat your outdoor gas grill to 425°F. Grill the chicken breasts on the first side for 7-9 minutes (depending on thickness and grill heat), then flip and grill for an additional 7-9 minutes on the second side.
  6. Baste the chicken: Using a heat-safe pastry brush, brush some of the reserved Fireball sauce onto each side of the grilled chicken and cook for an additional minute on each side to allow the sauce to warm through and adhere to the chicken.
  7. Rest and serve: Remove the chicken from the grill and place it onto a serving platter. Allow the Fireball chicken to rest for 5 minutes before serving.

Prep Time: 10 min | Cooking Time: 15 min | Total Time: 2 hr 25 min | Servings: 4

Fire up the grill and tantalize your taste buds with this sensational Fireball Chicken recipe!

Serving and Storage Tips:

Serving Tips:

  1. Garnish: Sprinkle freshly chopped cilantro or green onions on top of the grilled Fireball Chicken for a pop of color and freshness.
  2. Side Dishes: Serve alongside grilled vegetables, such as bell peppers, zucchini, or corn on the cob, for a well-rounded meal.
  3. Carb Complements: Pair with cooked rice, quinoa, or roasted potatoes to soak up the delicious Fireball sauce.
  4. Refreshing Drinks: Enjoy with a cold beverage like iced tea, lemonade, or a crisp lager beer to balance the heat of the dish.

Storage Tips:

  1. Refrigeration: Store any leftover Fireball Chicken in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  2. Freezing: To freeze, place cooled chicken in a freezer-safe container or resealable freezer bag, removing as much air as possible. Freeze for up to 2 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.
  3. Reheating: Reheat the chicken gently in the microwave or oven until warmed through. Add a splash of chicken broth or water to prevent drying out.
  4. Meal Prep: Grill extra chicken breasts and store them individually for convenient meal prep. Use them in salads, wraps, or sandwiches throughout the week.

By following these serving and storage tips, you can ensure that your Fireball Chicken remains delicious and enjoyable, whether served fresh off the grill or reheated for later meals!


  1. Citrus Twist: Add the zest and juice of one lime or orange to the Fireball sauce for a tangy and refreshing flavor profile.
  2. Asian Fusion: Substitute soy sauce for the salt in the marinade and add a tablespoon of grated ginger and a splash of rice vinegar for an Asian-inspired twist.
  3. Honey Glazed: Replace the jalapeño pepper jelly with honey for a sweeter glaze. Adjust the amount of honey to your taste preference.
  4. Smoky Chipotle: Stir in a tablespoon of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce to the Fireball sauce for a smoky and spicy kick.
  5. Maple Bourbon: Swap the Fireball cinnamon whisky for bourbon and use maple syrup instead of brown sugar for a rich and indulgent flavor.
  6. Herb Infusion: Mix in a tablespoon of chopped fresh herbs such as thyme, rosemary, or basil to the Fireball sauce for added depth of flavor.
  7. Teriyaki Style: Replace the ketchup with teriyaki sauce and omit the cinnamon from the marinade. Garnish with sesame seeds and chopped green onions before serving.
  8. Mango Habanero: Blend fresh mango with a habanero pepper (seeds removed) to create a spicy-sweet marinade. Brush the chicken with mango habanero sauce during grilling for a tropical twist.
  9. Greek Inspired: Substitute tzatziki sauce for the jalapeño pepper jelly and add a teaspoon of dried oregano and a squeeze of lemon juice to the marinade. Serve with a cucumber tomato salad and tzatziki dipping sauce.
  10. Coconut Curry: Combine coconut milk, curry powder, and a tablespoon of honey in place of the Fireball sauce for a creamy and aromatic coconut curry chicken.

Explore these variations to customize your Fireball Chicken according to your taste preferences and culinary creativity. Each variation offers a unique flavor experience, keeping your meals exciting and delicious!


  1. Can I use bone-in chicken for this recipe? Yes, you can use bone-in chicken pieces such as thighs or drumsticks. Adjust the cooking time accordingly to ensure thorough cooking.
  2. Is there a non-alcoholic substitute for Fireball whisky? You can substitute Fireball whisky with apple juice or apple cider combined with a pinch of cinnamon for a similar flavor profile without the alcohol.
  3. Can I make this recipe on a stovetop instead of a grill? Yes, you can cook the marinated chicken on a stovetop grill pan or in a skillet over medium-high heat until cooked through, about 6-8 minutes per side.
  4. What can I use instead of jalapeño pepper jelly? If jalapeño pepper jelly is not available, you can use apricot preserves or sweet chili sauce for a similar sweet and spicy flavor.
  5. How spicy is Fireball Chicken? The level of spiciness can be adjusted by modifying the amount of jalapeño pepper jelly or adding extra chili flakes to the marinade. The Fireball whisky also adds a subtle warmth to the dish.
  6. Can I prepare the marinade in advance? Yes, you can prepare the Fireball sauce ahead of time and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days before using.
  7. Do I need to pound the chicken breasts before marinating? Pounding the chicken breasts to an even thickness helps ensure even cooking and allows the marinade to penetrate the meat more evenly. However, it’s not strictly necessary if the chicken breasts are already relatively uniform in thickness.
  8. Can I grill the chicken indoors if I don’t have an outdoor grill? Yes, you can use an indoor grill pan or a countertop electric grill to cook the Fireball Chicken indoors. Make sure to preheat the grill pan or electric grill before cooking.
  9. How do I know when the chicken is cooked through? Use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of the chicken. It should register at least 165°F (75°C) when inserted into the thickest part of the meat.
  10. Can I use the Fireball sauce as a dipping sauce? Yes, you can reserve some of the Fireball sauce before marinating the chicken and serve it as a dipping sauce alongside the grilled chicken for extra flavor.

These FAQs should address common questions and concerns when preparing Fireball Chicken, helping you create a delicious and satisfying meal every time!

Fireball Chicken ignites the senses with its tantalizing blend of sweet, spicy, and smoky flavors, making it a standout dish for any grilling occasion. Whether served at a barbecue, family gathering, or weeknight dinner, this fiery chicken recipe promises to delight taste buds and leave a lasting impression. With its simple preparation and versatile nature, Fireball Chicken is sure to become a favorite among spice enthusiasts and flavor aficionados alike. Fire up the grill and treat yourself to the bold and unforgettable taste of Fireball Chicken!