Chicken Milanese – Italian Fried Chicken

Chicken Milanese – Italian Fried Chicken

Chicken milaneseChicken Milanese is the poultry version of Cotoletta alla Milanese, a signature Italian dish that is said to have originated in Milan.

Cotoletta alla Milanese is more popularly known as Veal Mianese,  veal cutlet that’s breaded and fried. Chicken Milanese uses thinly sliced chicken breast that’s breaded and fried.  So basically it’s Italian fried chicken.

Chicken Milanese is one of my favorite dishes.  It’s very versatile.  If you add tomato sauce and a slice of mozzarella cheese you’ve got Chicken Parmesan; add a lemony sauce and capers, you’ve got Veal Picatta!

Traditionally Chicken Milanese is rolled in seasoned breadcrumbs.  In my version I use Mochiko Sweet Rice Flour instead.  The Mochiko Sweet Rice Flour gives my Chicken Milanese a crispy coating while keeping the chicken moist and juicy.

I like to serve Chicken Milanese with either a simple green salad for a light entree or with a pasta dish for a heartier meal.  I usually serve it with my Easy Baked Manicotti, a pasta tube filled with a spinach cheese mixture and baked with pasta sauce and mozzarella cheese.  But really you can pair Chicken Milanese with any kind of pasta and your favorite homemade or bottled pasta sauce.

Here’s my recipe!

Ingredients:

4 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts – Sliced in half horizontally to make thinner slices

1 Egg

1/2 Cup milk

1/2 Tsp. Salt

1/2 Tsp. Ground Black Pepper

1/2 Tsp. Garlic Powder

1 1/2 Cup Mochiko Sweet Rice Flour

1 Tbs. Garlic – Finely minced

1 Tbs. Italian Seasoning

1/2 Cup Fresh Parmesan Cheese – Finely grated

Olive oil for frying

Your favorite pasta dish.  Click here for my Easy Baked Manicotti recipe!

 

Directions:

Make your pasta dish or green salad.

Slice chicken breasts in half horizontally making 2 thin slices.

Pound the breast halves with a kitchen mallet until they are very thin.

Heat about 1/2″ olive oil in frying pan.

Beat egg and milk together.

Add salt, pepper, and garlic powder and mix will.

Mix dry ingredients together in a shallow bowl or dish.

Dip each chicken slice in egg mixture, allow excess liquid to drip off.

Roll chicken slice in flour mixture.  Shake off excess flour.

Gently place chicken into hot oil.

Fry chicken for about 5 minutes then turn over to cook other side.

Fry another 3-5 minutes or until chicken is golden brown.

Drain on paper towel.

Arrange in serving dish and serve with green salad or a side dish of pasta.

 

 

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  1. Make your pasta dish or green salad.
  2. Slice chicken breasts in half horizontally making 2 thin slices.
  3. Pound the breast halves with a kitchen mallet until they are very thin.
  4. Heat about 1/2" olive oil in frying pan.
  5. Beat egg and milk together.
  6. Add salt, pepper, and garlic powder and mix will.
  7. Mix dry ingredients together in a shallow bowl or dish.
  8. Dip each chicken slice in egg mixture, allow excess liquid to drip off.
  9. Roll chicken slice in flour mixture. Shake off excess flour.
  10. Gently place chicken into hot oil.
  11. Fry chicken for about 5 minutes then turn over to cook other side.
  12. Fry another 3-5 minutes or until chicken is golden brown.
  13. Drain on paper towel.
  14. Arrange in serving dish and serve with green salad or a side dish of pasta.
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Mochiko Chicken Fingers

Mochiko Chicken Fingers

Mochiko Chicken has become an Island favorite. You’ll find it at many of the local plate lunch restaurants.  It’s one of our family’s favorites, we order it whenever we go to one of those diners.  So I thought I’d try my hand at making it at home, but I’d do it my way.  I came up with this recipe for Mochiko Chicken Fingers, it’s easier for the 2 year old twins to eat.

What exactly are Mochiko Chicken Fingers and what makes it different from regular chicken fingers?  The batter of course!  Mochiko Chicken fingers are tossed in a batter made with Mochiko flour, a sweet rice flour made from finely ground glutinous short grain flour.  When I use Mochiko flour in my batter the chicken, or whatever I’m battering, fries up nice and crisp.  Mochiko batter tends to be thinner and lighter than batter made with regular all purpose flour.

To make Mochiko Chicken Fingers I marinate the chicken pieces in the Mochiko based batter for about half and hour then toss it in seasoned Mochiko flour before frying.  My family loves the tasty chicken fingers that have just the right crunch!  In fact these Chicken Fingers are so tasty you don’t need a dipping sauce.

Ingredients:

1 Lb. Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs Cut into Strips

1 Large Egg Beaten

1 1/2 Cup Mochiko Flour

2 Cloves Garlic finely minced

1/4 Cup Soy Sauce

1 Tbs. Sugar

2 Tbs. Green Onions chopped

1 Tbs. Garlic Powder

Oil for frying

Directions:

Combine egg, 1/2 cup Mochiko flour, minced garlic, soy sauce, sugar, and green onions in large bowl.

Mix until smooth then add chicken strips.

Cover bowl or place in large ziplock bag and marinate  in the refrigerator at least 30 minutes.

When ready to fry heat about 1″ of oil in large frying pan.

Combine 1 cup Mochiko flour and garlic powder in a shallow pan.

Drain marinade from chicken strips.  Discard marinade.

Toss chicken strips in flour mixture and slide into hot oil.

Fry each side of the strips about 4-5 minutes or until golden brown.

Drain on paper towel.

Serve hot.

 

 

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  1. Combine egg, 1/2 cup Mochiko flour, minced garlic, soy sauce, sugar, and green onions in large bowl.
  2. Mix until smooth then add chicken strips.
  3. Cover bowl or place in large ziplock bag and marinate in the refrigerator at least 30 minutes.
  4. When ready to fry heat about 1" of oil in large frying pan.
  5. Combine 1 cup Mochiko flour and garlic powder in a shallow pan.
  6. Drain marinade from chicken strips. Discard marinade.
  7. Toss chicken strips in flour mixture and slide into hot oil.
  8. Fry each side of the strips about 4-5 minutes or until golden brown.
  9. Drain on paper towel. Serve hot.
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Bean Sprout & Tofu Shrimp Fritters – Ukoy

Bean Sprout & Tofu Shrimp Fritters – Ukoy

shrimp frittersUkoy is a typical Filipino appetizer, snack, or even main course.  It’s a mixture of bean sprouts, tofu, sweet potato, or other veggies usually topped with small unpeeled shrimp that’s battered and fried.  In short it’s the Filipino version of Shrimp Fritters.

In the Philippines it’s usually eaten as a crunchy snack and is made with the veggies and small unpeeled shrimp.  The shrimp is eaten peel and all making it very crunchy indeed.  In our family we serve Shrimp Fritters as a main course with steamed rice.  We use larger shrimp that are peeled and de-veined.  We always dip it in a spicy garlic vinegar sauce.  It’s super yummy and is one of my favorite Filipino dishes.

The batter is traditionally made with corn starch instead of flour making the shrimp fritter crispy or crunchy.  I make mine with Mochiko Sweet Rice Flour and they are very crispy!

Here’s my version of Ukoy, Filipino Shrimp Fritters!

Makes 6 Shrimp Fritters

Ingredients:

1/2 Cup Mochiko Sweet Rice Flour

1/2 Cup Water

2 Large Eggs

4 Oz. Garlic – finely minced

4 Oz. Firm Tofu – cut into small cubes

1/4 Cup Green Onion – finely chopped

1 Tsp. Salt

1 Tsp. Ground Black Pepper

6 Large Shrimp – peeled, de-veined, and butterflied

Oil for frying

Directions:

Whisk together eggs, water, Mochiko flour until smooth.  Batter will be thin.

Stir in the rest of the ingredients except shrimp and oil.

Heat 1 1/12″ of oil in pan.

Drop 2 Tbs. of batter in pan. Oil should sizzle.

Place a shrimp in the middle and cover with 1 tbs. batter.

Fry until golden brown then carefully flip over.

Fry other side until golden brown.

Drain on paper towel

Repeat with remaining batter and shrimp.

Transfer onto serving plate and serve

Sauce:

Mix together 1/2 cup white vinegar, 1 clove roughly chopped garlic, 2 small crushed hot peppers, 1/4 tsp. salt, 1/2 tsp. black pepper

 

 

 

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Bean Sprout & Tofu Shrimp Fritters - Ukoy
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Bean Sprout & Tofu Shrimp Fritters - Ukoy
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Servings: Shrimp Fritters
Instructions
  1. Whisk together eggs, water, Mochiko flour until smooth. Batter will be thin.
  2. Stir in the rest of the ingredients except shrimp and oil.
  3. Heat 1 1/12" of oil in pan.
  4. Drop 2 Tbs. of batter in pan. Oil should sizzle.
  5. Place a shrimp in the middle and cover with 1 tbs. batter.
  6. Fry until golden brown then carefully flip over.
  7. Fry other side until golden brown.
  8. Drain on paper towel
  9. Repeat with remaining batter and shrimp.
  10. Transfer onto serving plate and serve
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Sauce:
Mix together 1/2 cup white vinegar, 1 clove roughly chopped garlic, 2 small crushed hot peppers, 1/4 tsp. salt, 1/2 tsp. black pepper

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Honey Sesame Seed Shrimp

Honey Sesame Seed Shrimp

Honey Sesame Seed ShrimpDo you racking your brain trying to decide what to make for dinner each night?  I know I do, almost every day!  It’s funny because years ago my grandmother remarked that the hardest part about cooking is deciding what to cook.  I guess it’s an age old problem many of us face.  Well I have one yummy suggestion for you.  Try out this delicious Honey Sesame Seed Shrimp dish.  It’s probably one of the simplest shrimp dish you will ever make.

You can make Honey Sesame Seed Shrimp in about half an hour.  It’s basically a stir-fry, but with a sweet honey twist.

I serve it with steamed white rice, but it would go well with noodles too!  It’s a great addition to your dinner menu!

Honey Sesame Seed Shrimp

Ingredients:

2 Lbs. Extra Large Shrimp – shelled & deveined

1/2 Cup Honey

1 Cup Soy Sauce

1/4 Cup Sesame Oil

2 Cloves Garlic – minced

2 Tsp. Sesame Seeds + extra for garnish if desired

1 Stalk Green Onions – chopped + extra for garnish if desired

1 Tbs. Mochiko Sweet Rice Flour or Corn Starch

1/4 Cup Water

1 Tbs. Sesame Oil for frying

Directions:

Combine all ingredients (except shrimp, Mochiko, and water) in a mixing bowl

Separate about 1/4 of mixture in a small bowl and reserve for later

Toss shrimp in marinade and marinate for about 15 minutes

Heat Sesame oil in wok or frying pan

Dissolve Mochiko flour or corn starch in water

Remove Shrimp from marinade – discard used marinade

Stir fry shrimp in hot sesame oil until it shrimp start to turn pink

Add reserved unused marinade to shrimp

Stir in dissolved Mochiko or corn starch

Stir until sauce thickens slightly

Remove from heat and garnish with extra sesame seeds and green onions

Serve immediately

 

 

 

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  1. Combine all ingredients (except shrimp, Mochiko, and water) in a mixing bowl
  2. Separate about 1/4 of mixture in a small bowl and reserve for later
  3. Toss shrimp in marinade and marinate for about 15 minutes
  4. Heat Sesame oil in wok or frying pan
  5. Dissolve Mochiko flour or corn starch in water
  6. Remove Shrimp from marinade - discard used marinade
  7. Stir fry shrimp in hot sesame oil until it shrimp start to turn pink
  8. Add reserved unused marinade to shrimp
  9. Stir in dissolved Mochiko or corn starch
  10. Stir until sauce thickens slightly
  11. Remove from heat and garnish with extra sesame seeds and green onions Serve immediately
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Cauliflower Fritters – Em Shaat My Way

Cauliflower Fritters – Em Shaat My Way

Em Shaat is in my opinion a Middle Eastern comfort food.  It’s really a cauliflowecauliflowerr fritter made with boiled cauliflower that’s been battered and fried.

One of my Palestinian friends taught me how to make this yummy cauliflower fritter years ago.  She used all purpose flour to make her batter, it was good, but a bit heavy and not very crisp.  I suppose fritters weren’t meant to be crispy.

But I like things crispy so I added my own twist to this traditional Middle Eastern recipe.  The secret is Mochiko (sweet rice flour).   Mochiko batter is lighter and when fried turns into a crispy delight.

The recipe calls for cumin and turmeric.  Both  spices are used in many Middle Eastern dishes.  They compliment the cauliflower nicely giving it a mild exotic flavor.

I suppose you could say that I’ve created a Fusion dish; Med meets Asia!   But really, my Middle Eastern husband loves my version!

I usually serve cauliflower dish as a main course, it’s a nice (not so healthy) alternative to a meat course.  But it can be served as an appetizer, snack, or side dish as well.  It’s usually served warm, but it’s pretty darn good cold too!

Ingredients:

1 Medium Cauliflower – remove the leaves but keep whole

2 Cloves Garlic – finely minced

2 Large Eggs

1/2 Cup Mochiko Sweet Rice Flour

1/2 Cup Water

1/2 Tsp. Cumin

1/2 Tsp. Turmeric

1 Tsp. Salt

1 Tsp. Ground Black Pepper

1/4 Cup Parsley – finely chopped

Oil for frying

Directions:

Boil Cauliflower until tender – about 20 minutes

Whisk all ingredients except cauliflower and oil together in a large mixing bowl – batter will be thin

Drain and Break up the cauliflower and stir into batter

Heat about 1 1/2″ of oil in a pan

Drop cauliflower mixture into oil and fry each side until golden brown

Serve hot or cold

It goes great with a plain yogurt dipping sauce!

 

 

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Servings: Fritters
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  1. Boil Cauliflower until tender - about 20 minutes
  2. Whisk all ingredients except cauliflower and oil together in a large mixing bowl - batter will be thin
  3. Drain and Break up the cauliflower and stir into batter
  4. Heat about 1 1/2" of oil in a pan
  5. Drop cauliflower mixture into oil and fry each side until golden brown
  6. Serve hot or cold It goes great with a plain yogurt dipping sauce!
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