If you are tired of the same old chicken, try this spicy dish or appetizer. It is sweet, hot and spicy which makes for a great Friday night chicken supper. Serve it with fried rice (See my May, 2012 Chinese recipes for the recipe).
Recipe for approximately 32 skewers
2 or 3 large skinned & filleted chicken breasts
4 tbs. soy sauce
2 crushed garlic cloves
3 tbs. brown sugar
1 tsp. chili flakes
1 tsp. cinnamon
¼ tsp. pepper
¾ tsp. cloves
2 tbsp peanut butter
1 tbs. soy sauce
2 tsp. brown sugar
Pinch of garlic powder
Pinch of chili flakes
Approximately ½ cup boiling water
Just place all the above in a saucepan, gently bring to the boil; simmer for a couple of minutes. If the sauce is really thick just add a little more hot water. Cool slightly and it's ready to go.
For the Skewers
Pre soak your skewers in water.
Cut each breast lengthwise into thin slices. Thread each piece onto the cocktail sticks folding slightly. In a dish mix together the rest of the ingredients, (minus the frying oil) & marinade the skewers in this for around an hour.
Pour around 1½ inches of oil in a frying pan begin to heat up to a medium heat you can test this temperature later. You don't want the oil too hot or the chicken will burn before the inside is cooked out. Drain the marinade from the skewers.
Test the oil is hot enough by placing just one skewer in the pan, it should immediately start to gently bubble around the edges. Cook in batches, turning once and don't overload the pan, they should take no more than 4 to 5 minutes, when they will be crispy on the outside and thoroughly cooked through.
Place onto paper kitchen towel if you fried them and keep warm until you've cooked them all and serve immediately with the warm sauce. Serve with salt and pepper so everyone can season to taste. I like mine sprinkled with salt.
Variation - You may also bake in the oven. Place in a pre heated oven at 350 degrees. Coat your baking dish with a cooking spray and bake until done. Time will depend on how thinly you cut the breasts. Turn over after 5 minutes and check if done in another 5 to 10 minutes.
You can always freeze these after you've marinated them so they're all ready for your party, and quickly fry them off after defrosting.
Hope you enjoy. Be happy and may God bless you and yours.