Sunday, September 4, 2011

Kara-Age Chicken

Tonight's dinner was courtesy of Foodbuzz's Tastemaker Program and Kikkoman!

I was intrigued with this Kikkoman Kara-Age as soon as I opened the box.  Kara-Age is a Japanese fried dish with soy and ginger flavors.  I don't really eat a whole lot of fish, so I decided to prep it with chicken.  It was incredibly easy.

Kara-Age Chicken

1 pound Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
1 package Kikkoman Kara-Age Seasoning
Vegetable Oil

(Don't you love four ingredient meals?)

The seasoning was really simple to use.  I first cut the chicken into bite-size nuggets.  Then I rinsed off the chicken with water and dropped the wet pieces of chicken in a bowl with the seasoning (no dredging in flour/eggs - it simplified the process a lot!).  I tossed everything together so that the chicken would be coated and dropped the nuggets into hot vegetable oil (I heated the oil to about 300-325 degrees).  I let them cook for about 10-15 and then drained the excess oil.  See?  Very easy!

To compliment the soy and ginger, I served the Kira-Age Chicken with sticky white rice and broccoli cuts.  It was a fantastic combination!

The flavor was actually a lot more subtle than I thought it was going to be.  When I first opened the seasoning package, all I could smell was ginger - but the taste wasn't overwhelming.

(This was a fabulous end to the meal!)

I was honestly a little bit wary when I was making dinner because I have never done a ton of cooking with ginger before.  That being said - I was pleasantly surprised with how it turned out!  It's definitely something I would try again. 

And (I cannot believe I am about to say this) I think I might even try it again with some kind of fish.  Most people know that I never eat fish (I just never had a taste for it), but I just think this seasoning would bring out an awesome flavor on a subtle-tasting (read: not overly fishy) fish.  So we'll see!

What are everyone's thoughts on cooking with ginger?  Does anyone have any recipes or cooking methods they would suggest?  Now I'm curious ...


Now for some legal chatter: I was contacted by the Foodbuzz Tastemaker Program and Kikkoman to do a review of this specific product and was given the product free of charge. However - the opinions I expressed in this post were completely my own. Over and out. Amen.

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