this recipe does make for some really strange-looking chicken
. If you are really sensitive to the appearance of your food, I'd advise against this particular dish. If the taste is all that matters to you, give it a try.
There are two variations to this dish. They both start the same way, with the WEIRD PURPLE MARINADE.
WEIRD PURPLE MARINADE INGREDIENTS:
Mix the WEIRD PURPLE MARINADE ingredients together in a medium bowl
. Let them sit for a couple of minutes while you take three large boneless chicken breasts
and chop them up into bite-sized
bits (method 1) or thin strips
(method 2). Put the chicken into a gallon-sized ziploc baggie
. You may need to put the baggie (open end up, of course) into a bowl or something to keep it from tipping over. Now pour your WEIRD PURPLE MARINADE over the chicken and seal
the baggie, carefully squeezing as much air as you can out. Gently knead
the chicken a bit, until everything is mixed together and the chicken is uniformly coated
and has begun to be WEIRD PURPLE CHICKEN. Put it in the fridge
for a half hour or so to soak up the WEIRD PURPLE GOODNESS. You shouldn't need to marinate
it much longer than this, since you've chopped up your chicken bits.
You did that, right?
Don't forget, or you'll have to get the chicken back out of the bag, and then you'll have a WEIRD PURPLE KITCHEN.
Okay, now this is when you need to really start doing different things to the chicken. Method 1 is a fried chicken recipe. Method 2 is a shish-kebab
recipe. We'll start with method 1.
METHOD ONE (1):
For this method you'll need to make a fried chicken
batter recipe. You can get creative with this, if you want. I usually use homemade bread crumbs
for this, which entails drying bread
out in the oven at low heat and then smashing it up. If you're in a hurry, flour
works just fine. I try to stay away from canned bread crumbs
, just because they're ridiculously expensive, considering how easy they are to make on your own. You may also want to add other spices. I usually use black pepper, cayenne, paprika
, and Lawry's Seasoned Salt
, but sometimes I throw in some other weird stuff. Experiment, and see what works for you.
Got your dry stuff together? Okay, heat up a large skillet
with a nice thick layer of olive oil in the bottom. Pull your WEIRD PURPLE CHICKEN BITS out of the baggie a few at a time, letting them drain
back into the bag before dredging
them in your batter mix, or else the dry stuff will immediately become WEIRD PURPLE GLUE
in the bottom of the bowl, and therefore useless. Lightly dredge the pieces and throw them into the hot oil
. Brown your WEIRD PURPLE CHICKEN BITS
on all sides, then turn the heat down to medium-low and cook until they're done. Serve with a salad
of mixed greens
topped with vinegar and oil
. Alternately, you could try simmering the remaining onions and garlic over low heat for fifteen minutes or so, straining it, and topping the salad with the liquid, although I haven't tried this, so I can't attest to its yumminess. Also, you may not want your whole dinner to taste like the same thing.
METHOD TWO (II):
This method is much simpler. Pull your WEIRD PURPLE CHICKEN STRIPS out of the baggie and skewer
them on shish-kebab sticks. Grill them over low heat, rotating them often. You might want to add bell peppers
, onion, or some other weird stuff to the sticks. Whatever sinks your sub, man. Cook them until the outside of the chicken is LIGHTLY charred
and the chicken falls apart when you stick a fork in it and twist.
You could serve this version up with the same salad as mentioned in method 1, or if you're surrounded by MANLY MEN
, potato chips
could work, too.