Karaage Chicken/Japanese-style deep-fried chicken is not much of a mistery. The recipe to obtain a properly fried chicken with a juicy and steaming flesh is quite easy.
The Dragon (the real one!), that is, the Missus, had to prepare some food for lunch as her family was visiting us for lunch today which was a National Holiday.
As I was on shopping duty yesterday, I bought four pieces of chicken momo/thigh. I got them already rid of their bone and opened. If you buy them with the bone, choose them large. With a very sharp knife make a full cut lengthwise and detach the flesh from the bone into one block.
Leave their skin on!
In a vinyl pouch pour an equal amount of cornstach and rice flour. Mix well.
You may of course use your own mix, be it flour, panko, breadcrumbs or what else. The Missus does not usually any form of batter.
Drop the whole chciken pieces (you may cut them in small pieces beforehand if you wish, but that will make the process a bit burdensome) inside the vynil pouch and mix well to have the chicken wholly coated in cornstarch and rice flour mixture.
Now come the little trick!
There is no need to prepare a whole deep pan of oil. If you have it, fine, but it is far better to “shallow fry” in no more than a 1 cm deep oil in a frypan large enough to comfortably cook one piece at a time.
Drop the piece of chicken skin down (VERY IMPORTANT!) and fry. With a spoon pour oil from the frypan over thechicken all the time.
Check if the skin has reached a crispy light brown. If so, turn it over with large chopsticks and cook it still pouring oil over the exposed side with a spoon.
Once the piece has reached a nice light brown, take it out of the oil and place it on a grill to let the oil drip away.
Proceeed the same way with the other pieces.
Once you have finished the fourth piece the first should have cooled down enough.
Drop the first piece again in the oil and fry till you reach a perfectly uniform brown color on both sides. No need to pour oil over it then.
Take the piece out and place it on some kitchen paper to soak out the oil.
Once you have deep-fried all the four pieces (I’m saying four but the number is not important!) slice them and place them on a serving dish.
The chicken should be steaming and pour out some of its juices.
Before frying the Dragon had prepared a sauce by frying finely chopped echalottes (red onion would be fine) in olive oil. Once the echalottes had become translucent she switched off the fire and added rice vinegar, Thai sweet and hot chili dressing and funely chopped thin leeks.
She poured the whole dressing all over the chicken before serving
As you can see this it is pretty easy and adaptable.
The little secret is the two-step cooking in shallow oil.
Deep-frying in deep oil may be fine but there is always a danger of the chicken cooking too fast if you are not absolutely vigilant!
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