There is not one oriental person I know that doesn’t love fried chicken. My parents used to make salt and pepper fried chicken wings. Amongst the batch, you would find big hunks of chicken pieces in batter ready to be fried for family dinner. Often it would be served with boiled rice and slices of cucumber on the side.
Today, I eat less fast food than I did as a child. Partly because I know how to make the homemade equivalent but also I know what I put in, I get out. However, temptation is inevitable and I often succumb to the screaming boys wanting to try various forms of fast food.
I had a box of popcorn chicken to take home following a house party. I wasn’t in the mood for eating KFC for dinner but in the mood for trying something different. I read a flyer from GOUSTO with the recipe ‘hot sweet sticky chicky’ that fell out of my Sunday newspaper the Sunday before. With this untouched popcorn chicken sitting on the kitchen table, I thought “why not try that out?”
The recipe has been tweaked to my personal liking and the outcome was surprisingly good. The kids loved it despite the dish being a little spicy and also good to see that you can create something different out of leftover food.
1 large box of KFC popcorn chicken
1 medium sized chilli, sliced
2 tbsp honey
2 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp tomato ketchup
1 small thumb sized ginger, sliced
1 clove of garlic, sliced
1 spring onion, sliced.
If you can prepare and fry your own chicken pieces, do so. If you don’t like making your own crispy chicken pieces, you can buy the frozen options and oven bake as per instructions.
A minimal list of ingredients so that you can easily prepare.
On medium heat, fry the ginger and chillis and garlic until the oil is fragrant and garlic is slightly browned.
Add the tomato sauce, soy sauce and a good squeeze of half an orange.
Pour the honey and simmer on medium heat until the mixture darkens and becomes sticky.
Toss in the chicken pieces and stir until evenly coated.
Serve and garnish with the spring onions.
The dish was served rice with stir fried broccoli, steamed water omelette and steamed sea bass with ginger and spring onion.
As it was an experiment, the sweet, sticky and spicy glaze worked but the popcorn chicken was a little on the peppery side. Nevertheless, the family enjoyed this dish.