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poultry essentials: firecracker honey/soy chicken

Recipe by
Andy Anderson !
Wichita, KS

Okay, you really need these tasty chicken bites… really. Serve them up as a meal, or serve them individually. They go great as a snack on a warm Summer’s eve, as you drink a glass of chardonnay, and count the fireflies. FYI: If “firecracker is not your style, then use regular sesame oil; in place of the hot, and reduce the cayenne pepper. So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.

yield 2 - 4
prep time 15 Min
cook time 15 Min
method Pan Fry

Ingredients For poultry essentials: firecracker honey/soy chicken

  • 1/2 c
    fresh clover honey
  • 2 Tbsp
  • 3 Tbsp
    rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp
    hot sesame oil
  • 1 Tbsp
    arrowroot powder
  • 2 Tbsp
  • 1 lb
    chicken breasts, boneless, skinless
  • 1 c
    flour, all-purpose variety
  • 1 Tbsp
    dehydrated onions, crushed to a powder
  • 1 tsp
  • 1 tsp
  • 1/4 tsp
    cayenne pepper, or to taste
  • 1 c
  • grapeseed oil, or other non-flavored oil for frying
  • toasted sesame seeds, for garnish

How To Make poultry essentials: firecracker honey/soy chicken

  • 1
  • 2
    Gather your Ingredients (mise en place).
  • 3
  • 4
    Add the honey, tamari, sesame oil, and vinegar to a small saucepan, over medium heat.
  • 5
    When the mixture begins to simmer, mix the arrowroot powder, and water together to make a slurry.
  • 6
    Add the slurry to the simmering sauce.
  • 7
    Use a small whisk to combine the slurry with the sauce.
  • 8
    When the sauce thickens (about 4 – 5 minutes), reduce the heat to low, low, cover, and reserve.
  • 9
    Chef’s Tip: If the sauce gets a bit too think, add a bit of water to thin it down. I want a thick sauce, but not one that is so thick it becomes goopy… I hate it when that happens.
  • 10
  • 11
    Cut the chicken into bite-size pieces, and reserve.
  • 12
    Add about 1 inch (2.5cm), of oil to a high-walled pan, or pot, and raise the heat to 350f (175c).
  • 13
    Add the buttermilk to a large bowl.
  • 14
    Mix all the dry ingredients together in another bowl.
  • 15
    Add the chicken to the flour mixture, and thoroughly coat.
  • 16
    Shake off the excess, and dip the chicken in the buttermilk.
  • 17
    Shake off the excess, and coat with the flour mixture, a second time.
  • 18
    Add the breaded chicken to the hot oil, and cook until nice and crispy, about 4 – 6 minutes.
  • 19
    Chef’s Tip: Don’t add too many of the breaded chicken bites to the oil, or it will drop the temperature, and you’ll wind up with soggy, not crispy bits.
  • 20
    Place the chicken bites into a bowl, and toss with half the sauce.
  • 21
  • 22
    You could serve this as a meal, over rice, or you could serve them like I do, as individual bites before a meal. Drizzle some of the remaining sauce over the chicken when serving, and garnish with some toasted sesame seeds. Enjoy.
  • 23
    Keep the faith, and keep cooking.

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