If you like spice, this is the recipe for you! Normally, I am not a fried food eater but I figure that making my own fried chicken is probably a lot healthier. Additionally, I am a total newbie when it comes to frying food. We just didn't eat a lot of home fried food around my house growing up. But you know what...sometimes you just gotta live a little. If you would just like the recipe, scroll down to the bottom.
This recipe calls for a ton of ingredients! I measured them all out before I mixed them all together so I could see the rich colors of the spices. This mixture will be used for the batter.
Next I pounded my halved chicken breasts so that they were all fairly thin and even. If you need to get a little aggression out, this is quite fun!
When I make this dish, I prepare the honey garlic sauce first. It smells amazing when you make this sauce. First, saute the garlic. And really, the amount of cloves listed in the recipe is just a suggestion...I seem to use more each time I make this because I just love garlic.
After the garlic is soft, add the soy sauce,pepper and honey and let simmer. Once it cools, pour into a serving dish if you like. I seriously could eat the sauce by itself. This recipe will make plenty of sauce, which is good because you will want to put it on EVERYTHING.
Once you have mixed the batter up, prepare your egg wash. It works well to have a seperate egg wash/batter station. Luckily I have a nice little portion of counter space next to my stove (hob) that I used for my station.
You will dip your chicken first into the batter and make sure it gets into all the nooks and crannies. Then dip in egg wash, then dip again into the batter.
Little chickens all ready to go!
Drop the chicken breasts into a heated skillet of oil. I used canola but any vegetable oil will work. I filled my skillet with about 2-3 inches of oil. Like I said, I am am a newbie at frying so if you have your own way of frying, do it that way! I cooked mine for about 3 minutes per side. The chicken turns a beautiful dark brown from all of the spices and it has a nice crunch to it.
Once all of the chicken is cooked serve up with some veggies and pour the honey garlic sauce on top. It is truly delicious!
FULL RECIPE: adapted from Rock Recipes
- 4 large boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 2 cups flour
- 4 tsp salt
- 4 tsp black pepper
- 3 tbsp ground ginger
- 1 tbsp freshly ground nutmeg (does not necessarily have to be fresh)
- 2 tsp ground thyme
- 2 tsp ground sage
- 2 tbsp paprika
- 1 tsp cayenne pepper
- 3 eggs
- 6 tbsp water
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 3-4 cloves minced garlic, or 5 or 6 :)
- 1 cup honey
- 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
- 1 tsp ground black pepper
- canola oil for frying
- Place the halved chicken breasts between 2 sheets of plastic wrap and using a meat mallet (or lemon juicer, as I used), pound the meat to an even 1/2 inch thickness.
- Sift together the flour, salt, black pepper, ground ginger, nutmeg, thyme, sage paprika and cayenne pepper. NOTE: This flour and spice dredge mix is sufficient for two batches of this chicken recipe. You can store the leftover mix in a Ziploc bag in the freezer for the next time you make this recipe...and there will be a next time.
- Make an egg wash by whisking together the eggs and water.
- Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper, then dip the meat in the flour and spice mixture. Dip the breast into the eggwash and then a final time into the flour and spice mix, pressing the mix into the meat to get good contact.
- Heat a skillet on the stove with about an inch of canola oil covering the bottom. You will want to carefully regulate the temperature here so that the chicken does not brown too quickly. The thinness of the breast meat practically guarantees that it will be fully cooked by the time the outside is browned. I find just below medium heat works well. Takes anuwhere between 3-5 minutes per side
- Drain on a wire rack for a couple of minutes before dipping the cooked breasts into the Honey Garlic Sauce.
- To make the Honey Garlic Sauce:
- In a medium saucepan add the 2 tbsp olive oil and minced garlic. Cook over medium heat to soften the garlic but do not let it brown.
- Add the honey, soy sauce and black pepper.
- Simmer together for 5-10 minutes, remove from heat and allow to cool for a few minutes. Watch this carefully as it simmers because it can foam up over the pot very easily.
This will be a hit, I promise!