I love it when I am on a roll in the kitchen. Playing with ingredients and my trusty Sri Lankan spices. Sometimes, kitchen experiments turn out a disaster, sometimes ok and other times, like this time……I end up with a full blown result!! Success was definitely had with this little experiment which I have named Hari Hari Spiced Chicken Bites.
Experimenting with Spiced Chicken Bites
I had 3 chicken thighs left over from a curry cooking session. Instead of putting them back in the fridge, I decided to try and whip up a little snack for us all. I didn’t have a clue what to make but then turned to look at my spice tins (I do so love my spice tins!!) That was it, the idea was born. I was thinking of chips that you can buy wrapped in a cone of paper and that led to the idea of my Spiced Chicken Bites.
Time to prepare for Spiced Chicken Bites
Takes approximately 25 minutes to make and only seconds to eat!!
Ingredients for the Chicken Bites
3 skinned and deboned chicken thighs
2-3 tbs rapeseed oil (though any oil suitable for frying will do)
1 tsp paprika powder
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp unroasted curry powder
2 minced garlic cloves
100g breadcrumbs (more or less depending on coverage you want)
Chilli powder according to taste
Salt according to taste
Ingredients for Dip
2-3 tbs Creme Fraiche
1/2 small shallot finely sliced or chopped
1/4 tsp finely minced ginger
Handful of True Spinach minutely shredded
Salt to taste
Time to Get Preparing
Cut the chicken thighs into thin strips (I was after a thin french fry size). Place the strips into a bowl and add the paprika, turmeric, unroasted curry powder & garlic. Mix, ensuring the chicken is completely covered with the spice mix. You can add some oil to this if you wish to help evenly spread the spices. (I didn’t but you may like to). Set aside for 10-15 minutes. Place the breadcrumbs in a bowl. Add the salt and chilli powder and stir to ensure even distribution of all the ingredients. Once the chicken strips have marinaded, tip the bowl into the breadcrumbs and mix, making sure the chicken is evenly covered with the breadcrumbs. Heat up the oil in a frying pan. Place the chicken in the pan. Ensure that none of the pieces touch (I didn’t want a cluster of chicken strips that would end up sticking together). Fry on both sides for 2-3 minutes until the chicken is cooked through and the breadcrumbs take on a golden colour. Place them on a piece of kitchen towel to soak up any excess oils. Add your Creme Fraiche into a bowl, mix in the shallots, ginger, spinach & salt and check taste. Plate up the Spiced Chicken Bites with the homemade dip and enjoy!!
Optional but Super Tasty
You could add the chilli powder to the chicken mix instead of the breadcrumb mix, or leave it out completely.
If you are not a big fan of Creme Fraiche, you can use Mayonnaise instead – a slightly runnier consistency but just as tasty.
If you don’t have spinach to hand, watercress, Parsely, Basil or any other such fresh herb/leaf would do nicely.
Just use what comes to hand from your fridge – even the tops of spring onions would make an excellent addition to this dip (you might want to cut back on the shallots if you do though).
If you happen to have a bottle of Dorsetshire Sauce in the cupboard, then omit the unroasted curry powder and replace it with a teaspoon of this wonderful sauce. A super tasty alternative to this recipe!
You could turn this into a full meal by either increasing the portion size and adding a mixed salad and some garlic bread. Alternatively you could serve it with a vegetable fried rice. You could add it into a sandwich or serve it simply with some chips. The alternatives are only limited by what you have in your fridge!! Give it a go and if you do, I would love to hear (and see) what you did with this recipe : )