Recently a fast food place was serving some Spicy Chicken Fries, I thought I would try them despite disliking hot stuff. They were super spicy to me, and when I thought to take off the crumbed coating and just eat the chicken, it didn't look too appealing. So I decided I would try make them myself, no spice, but just delicious crumbed chicken breast.
Ingredients 1 piece of chicken breast schnitzel (see notes)
1 cup of breadcrumbs
1 cup of plain flour
2 eggs lightly beaten
1 tablespoon of chopped chives (2-3 pieces of chives)
1/4 cup of whole egg mayonnaise
1/2 teaspoon of minced garlic
Rice bran oil for shallow frying
1/2 teaspoon of chili powder (optional)
or 1 teaspoon of dried parsley (optional)
To start get a fry pan with high sides and heat the oil on a medium to high heat.
Cut the chicken into strips of about 1 cm and then in half again to make them about the size of a thick potato chip.
Some of the chicken cut into the right shape
Grab three bowls and add the flour to the first one, the eggs to the second and then the bread crumbs to the third.
For the bread crumbs you can add a little chili powder or some herbs to give the chicken fries some extra flavour, but this is optional.
Next drop the pieces of chicken into the flour and toss them around with a pair of tongs or your hands until all well coated in the flour.
Next transfer them to the egg and repeat the process, coating them all well in the egg. This will make sure the bread crumbs will stick on.
Finally add them all to the breadcrumbs and toss well.
You can coat them one at a time in each bowl as my mum would have done to coat them, but by doing it this way that I do it, it means that it doesn't get really messy.
Chicken pieces coated in breadcrumbs
Next slowly stick one of the chicken fries part way in to the oil to make sure it is hot. If oil is hot, slowly place the fries in to the oil, and turn the heat to low so they don't burn.
Cook fries for about one minute and turn over when they are golden.
Fries cooking, some golden and some waiting to be turned
Cook all fries until they are golden on both sides and cooked through. This can take a few minutes.
When fries look golden and crispy, take one out and cut it in half to make sure it is cooked. Try the fattest one as it would have taken the longest time to cook through.
When fries are all cooked through place them on a plate lined with paper towel to drain any excess oil and allow to cool slightly.
To make the aioli while the fries are cooling start by adding the mayonnaise to a small bowl with the minced garlic.
Finely chop the chives and add them to the bowl and mix all ingredients well.
If you find the sauce is too thick for you, you can add about 1-2 tablespoons of water to it and mix it in well to combine. Alternatively you can just serve the aioli as is by spooning it into a ramekin, or shot glass glass works too.
Aioli made with the 1 tablespoon of water to thin it out a little
To serve place the ramekin of aioli on to a rectangle plate. Then sit a small bowl on the plate next to the aioli and place the chicken fries in the bowl and serve.
Notes The chicken breast schnitzel is a piece of chicken cut to make chicken schnitzels. I bought packet of four at the supermarket. I think is great for this recipe as it is easy to cut and make the pieces look like fries because of the way it has been cut.