Yesterday i was at a compleat loss at what to make for dinner. I mean a compleate loss. I had pork ribs, steak, a roast, chicken, and stew meat but nothing looked good. Ever feel like that? You have plenty of food and nothing looks tasty? So out came my wonderful recipe book. I have a cookbook collection that anyone could envy. A whole cupboard full of books, files and hand scribbled recipes that were my mothers, my grandmothers and beyond. Some even came over from england with my grammy.
Flipping through some cards i found a recipe that i havent tried ( not difficult) But looked good.
Popcorn chicken and onion rings.
Surprisingly it was so easy to make. And something i figured i would be forever doomed to pick up at places like hot delis and heaven forbid KFC.
But you can make it at home and know what, everything you need to make it, is allready in your kitchen.
While this recipe varies from the one i read, i prefer mine.
For the chicken mix.
1/2 cup four
1/2 cup breadcrumbs OR Crushed Ritz ( which i prefer! ) or a mix of the two to make 1/2 cup
The seasonings you regularly use to season chicken.
salt and pepper
and a dash of hot pepper for kicks, some could be cayanne or chili powder.
3 chicken breasts cut into bite sized pieces.
about 2 cups hot oil in a deep sauce pan
Heat oil in a deep sauce pan over medium high heat. You want it to be very hot, but not too hot as to burn. Add 2 tablesppons butter. melt and mix in.
Dip each chicken piece into the egg, make sure its well coated, then dip into the four mixture. Then drop each piece one by one into the hot oil. do not let pieces touch one another or they will cook together. No harm just you wont have bite sized pieces.
Cook for about 10 minutes, turning as they change to golden brown.
Using tongs or a metal scoop spatula to pull he pieces out of the hot oil and place on a waiting plate. Your plate should be covered with a clean dishtowel. While you could use paper towels they do not absorb the extra hot oil as fast and as well as a cloth towl.
Every time you clear the pan of your popcorn chicken, add another tablespoon of butter. This keeps the chicken golden and adds a wonderful flavor.
When you finish all of your chicken pieces its time to start your onion rings!
To make the onion rings you will need.
1/4 cup fresh flour
salt and pepper
mix dry ingredients together
Cut your onion into rings, i like to cut mine about 1/4 inch thick.
Dip into egg and then in flour mixture. Drop into hot oil and allow to sizzle untill golden brown. Turning to brown both sides. The four mixture often slips off the onion rings. Place on towel and let drip dry.
Frankly it was a good meal, something i didnt think of before and somethign that is going to be added into my regular meals.