Saturday, April 28, 2012
Maple Nuggets with a Spicy Sauce
These are chicken nuggets for grownups although I do know many kids who like spicy food. The chicken is marinated in maple syrup and cayenne and then breaded, fried and baked. Dip them in the spicy sauce and they pack a nice punch.
NOTE: If you or the kids don't want them spicy, omit all cayenne pepper and dip them in maple syrup...they're still great!
For the sauce:
1 cup homemade or good quality purchased mayo
1 Tbl sambal oelek (spicy ground chili paste)
4 Tbl dark amber maple syrup
Combine all ingredients, cover and refrigerate until serving time.
For the nuggets:
4 - 6 to 8 ounce skinless, boneless chicken breasts cut into 1 to 1 1/2 inch cubes
2 tsp salt, divided
2 tsp cayenne pepper, divided
1/2 cup dark amber maple syrup
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
Vegetable oil (enough to fill a large frying pan about an inch for pan frying)
Place the chicken cubes in a bowl and stir in 1 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp cayenne and the 1/2 cup maple syrup. Cover and refrigerate for about 45 minutes to an hour.
After marinating, place the chicken cubes in a colander to drain the liquid and then place them back in the bowl and stir in the beaten egg to coat.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, 1 tsp salt and 1 1/2 tsp cayenne. Dredge the chicken cubes in the seasoned flout and set on a wire rack.
Heat the oil in a large frying pan and then pan fry the cubes for just a few minutes to brown all sides. Transfer the cubes to a rimmed baking sheet. (Fry the cubes in batches - don't over crowd)
Bake the cubes in a pre heated 425F oven for 10 minutes. Serve hot with the dipping sauce.