Recipe to Make Chinese Firecrackers for Dinner

2 Edible Chinese Firecrackers on a round white plate trimmed with blue lines sitting on a red cloth.

Recipe for Chinese Firecrackers Using Fillo Dough

Use fillo dough to make these cute and delicious Chinese Firecrackers for dinner tonight.  They are a great recipe for Chinese New Year’s celebration!

fillo dough

picture of 16 oz box containing fillo dough; picture shows 2 pastries on a square green plate- one filled with fruit and one filled with cream cheese mixture rolled in a green speckled topping; background is red

What is inside Chinese Firecrackers?

The mixture inside includes lean ground chicken, angel hair coleslaw, shredded carrots, onion, salsa, and a few spices.  Place the cooked mixture in the fillo dough squares, twist like a firecracker and bake until golden.  We served with sliced avocado and fat-free ranch dressing, or you could serve with sweet and sour sauce.  Celebrate with something different that everyone will enjoy!

Chinese Firecrackers

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Serves: 4
Cooking Time: 1 hour


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Olive oil spray (or use regular olive oil and brush it on)
  • 1 pound lean ground chicken
  • 1 cup angel hair coleslaw
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup salsa
  • 1 - 16oz. package frozen fillo dough that has been THAWED



Preheat oven to 375°.


Place 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1 pound raw ground chicken, 1 cup angel hair coleslaw, 1/2 cup shredded carrots, and 1 small chopped onion in a skillet.


Cook for about 7 minutes until chicken is done and vegetables are crisp-tender. Stir frequently while cooking.


Set skillet aside.


Spray 2 cookie sheets with olive oil or Pam.


Assemble firecrackers by taking 3 sheets of fillo dough and placing them on a plate. Add about 2 large spoonfuls of the cooked meat mixture. Place 3 more sheets of fillo dough on top.


Roll up the fillo and chicken mixture. Twist ends to resemble a fire cracker.


Place on cookie sheets.


After all are firecrackers are on cookie sheet spray (or brush) olive oil on top of each of them.


Cook in oven for about 17 minutes at 375° until golden brown.


Serve on a plate with avacado and ranch dressing. If you prefer you can serve with salsa or sweet and sour sauce.


Fillo dough is frozen. Be sure to thaw about an hour before beginning, or you can thaw quickly in the microwave at 30% power for a minute or two. Check it to be sure it only thaws - not cooks! Cover fillo dough with wet paper towels while assembling the firecrackers to keep from drying out. There is enough meat to make about 12 firecrackers. My package of fillo dough had 2 separate packages inside. The squares were about 6 inches wide. If the dough you use is a different shape, just cut it in half.

What is Chinese New Year?

It is the Chinese festival marking the start of the new year.  It is celebrated by visits to family and friends, special meals, fireworks, and gift giving.

When is Chinese New Year in 2020 and Why do you need Chinese Firecrackers?

Chinese New Year is on Saturday, January 25, 2020.  It  begins on the second new moon after the winter solstice and ends on the full moon fifteen days later.  A meal featuring Chinese Firecrackers is a perfect way to celebrate!

Are Chinese Firecrackers popular in  countries that celebrate Chinese New Year?

Chinese New Year is a celebrated in China and lasts for a few days. It is also a public holiday in countries such as Brunei , Indonesia, Malaysia, North Korea, Singapore, South Korea, and Vietnam.  Chinese Firecrackers can be found in many celebrations.  Try this delicious recipe for Chinese Firecrackers and start a new tradition with your family!

You might like these recipes to complement your Chinese New Year’s celebration:

Sausage Cheese Balls

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Pecan Puffs

Pecan Puffs - An Old Fashioned Tea Cake; perfect dessert for Chinese firecrackers

22 white Pecan Puffs coated in confectioner’s sugar on a plate trimmed with pink flowers. Plate sitting next to blue cloth on a natural woven mat

Almond Butter Cookies

Almond Butter Cookies- a great dessert to go with Chinese firecrackers

Almond Butter Cookies on a wire rack sitting on a vibrant blue cloth

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    Food and Life Path
    12/14/2019 at 10:57 pm

    A cute New Year’s Celebration idea!

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