1. Spicy Lentil Wraps with Tahini Sauce
Serving these wraps with tahini sauce on the side is ingenious because it helps balance the spice of the filling. Plus, this makes a great low-key vegetarian dinner for busy weeknights.
2. Egg Noodles with Rich Chicken Curry Sauce (Khao Soi)
We’re huge fans of the combination of egg noodles and curry; it’s a great pairing when rice just isn’t doing it anymore. Just be sure not to skimp on the toppings with this dish — they help bring in some extra texture and flavor.
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3. Spicy Chicken Skewers with Sun-Dried Tomato Sauce
This recipe is traditionally called “Devil’s Chicken,” but don’t let that name scare you. It does have plenty of red pepper flakes, but the sun-dried tomato sauce helps temper the spice and makes it irresistible.
4. Sweet & Spicy Baked Chicken Nuggets
If you like the balance of spicy and sweet, these homemade chicken nuggets are for you. They are a serious upgrade from the kind you get from the freezer section, so you won’t feel bad about serving them to your family.
5. Spicy Tuna Bowl
With the current poke trend, this meal is complete of the moment. It is a rice bowl with spicy raw tuna and plenty of veggies.
6. Spicy Carnitas Salad Bowl
You’ll make the carnitas for this recipe ahead of time in the slow cooker, then you can assemble it for a quick weeknight dinner or an easy-to-pack lunch. The base is a no-wilt Brussels sprout slaw that we love.
7. Spicy Skillet Shrimp with Tomatoes & White Beans
White wine, red pepper flakes, and plenty of garlic and tomatoes make this one-pan dinner a winner. You can serve it over rice or noodles, or with just a few pieces of toast on the side.
8. Spicy Panzanella Salad
This Panzanella salad gets its bite from the jalapeño that’s added into the mix. If you don’t like a ton of spice, you can always swap in a sweet pepper instead.
9. Spicy Korean Grilled Chicken
Whether you prepare these on the grill or a grill pan, the marinade — filled with gochujang, garlic, and soy sauce — is what makes the dish sweet, spicy, and pretty irresistible.