Kelly the Culinarian: Cooking with Kelly: I Like My Chicken Fried

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Cooking with Kelly: I Like My Chicken Fried

But it's a "sometimes" food (PS, do you know the song this title came from?). After the Fort2Base Race, I'm taking a few days off of training, including my training plan eating. It's a good thing, because I received a sample of Kikkoman's Kara-Áge Soy-Ginger Seasoned Coating Mix as part of Foodbuzz's Tastemaker program.

The recipe is pretty simple: take 1 1/4 pounds of chicken and chop it into bite-sized chunks. I dried off the chicken with a paper towel and dumped one of the two seasoning packets into a plastic bag. Just shake to coat, then cook in 1/4 inch of preheated vegetable oil. You know the oil is the right temperature when water bounces around the surface.

This was super quick cooking and I had dinner all together within 10 minutes, which is great since I still have a serious case of runner's hunger. I served this with a side salad, so that cancels out the fried food, right?

It was yummy, but we didn't really taste the soy or ginger. The coating itself is more of a powder than a crumb, so it produces a different type of coating that's not really crunchy, but is a texture I haven't tasted elsewhere. The light-style coating provides a really nice golden color to the end result. We both enjoyed trying this because it's something I wouldn't have purchased myself (mostly because I haven't seen it at ALDI). I'm looking forward to using the second packet of seasoning for shrimp and adding it to a salad.

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