Spicy Chicken Poppers

Today's recipe is easy appetizer dish. Can be served as a starter. It's Spicy Chicken Poppers. Ideal for any parties or get together. You can easily impress your family by preparing this recipe in no time. This recipe is adapted by one Korean dish taught by one of my Korean friends. The original recipe is very hot and spicy. But I have modified it using Indian Spices and then tossing it with other sauces. This is also spicy but I have reduced the heat. In India, we get a similar type of dish called Chicken Pakora. So you can call it one of the variations of Chicken Pakora.

In this recipe, I have cut small cubes of chicken breast. Then marinated with some Indian spices like chilli powder, garam masala dried Mint leaves etc. And for crispiness, I have added cornstarch/ cornflour and an egg. Kept aside for 30 minutes. The secret of super crispy chicken poppers lies in the double frying of the marinated chicken. The crispy chicken is then tossed with chilli sauce and tomato ketchup and for the final touch, I sprinkled some toasted sesame seeds.

The detailed recipe of the same is mentioned below:-

Preparation Time:- 15 minutes  Standing Time:- 30 minutes  Cooking Time:- 30 minutes
Total Time:- 1 hours 15 minutes 

No of Servings:- 3-4 persons

1 cup = 250 ml
¾ cup = 200 ml
½ cup = 125ml
1/3 cup = 80 ml
1 tablespoon = 15 ml
1 teaspoon = 5 ml
½ teaspoon = 2.5 ml
¼ teaspoon = 1.25 ml

For Chicken Poppers:-
* Boneless Chicken:- 250 grams
* Garlic Powder:- 1 teaspoon
* Red Chilli Powder:- ½ teaspoon (the hot variety)
* Garam Masala:- ½ teaspoon
* White Pepper Powder:- ¼ teaspoon
* Soda Bicarbonate (Baking Soda):- ¼ teaspoon
* Salt:- to taste
* Dried Mint Powder:- ½ teaspoon
* Corn Starch/Cornflour:- ½ cup
* Egg:- 1 large
* Vegetable Oil:- For Frying

For Sauce:-
* Chilli Oil:- 1 tablespoon
* Chilli Sauce:- 1½ tablespoon
* Tomato Ketchup:- 1 tablespoon
* Sugar:- 1 tablespoon + ¼ teaspoon
* Salt:- to taste
* Water:- ½ cup 
* Toasted Sesame Seeds:- ¼ teaspoon
* Toasted Sesame Oil:-1 teaspoon

1. Cut chicken pieces into medium size cubes. Add soda bicarbonate, garlic powder, red chilli powder, garam masala powder, white pepper powder, dried mint powder and salt to the chicken. Mix all the ingredients. Now add an egg and mix all the ingredients well. Keep aside for 30 minutes for marinations.

2. After 30 minutes add the cornflour and mix it. All the cornstarch should stick to each and every bit of the chicken.

3. Now heat some oil in a pan for frying the chicken pieces. The heat should not be too high. It should be over medium heat. Drop the chicken pieces one by one. Fry for 2-3 minutes. Till light golden colour. Take the chicken pieces out into the wire mesh. (Do not worry if the chicken is not cooked through, as it will be fried again. ) 

4. Let it sit for 1 minute and when the temperature of the oil goes down, then again drop the fried chicken pieces into the oil. Now cook the chicken till it is fully cooked and crispy. Take it out on a wire mesh again or on a kitchen towel. 

5. Now for sauce, heat some chilli oil in a pan. When it is hot add sugar, hot chilli sauce, tomato ketchup, salt and water. Cook till the sauce is slightly thickened over a medium heat. Add the fried chicken pieces to it. Toss it well in the sauce till sauce is incorporated well with each and every piece of the chicken. The chicken pieces should shine at the end. Now add some toasted sesame seeds and drizzle some sesame oil at the end. Switch off the flame. 

6. Serve immediately.

* People living outside India, and not aware of all the Indian spices you will mostly get all of them in the Indian stores near your place. 

Serving Tip:-  Serve it and as an appetizer with a dip of your choice.

Do try my recipe and leave your comments below. Till then Happy Cooking.!

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