Bang Bang Chicken
This is a wonderful Americanized version of an extremely popular Sichuan Chinese dish. With twice-fried chicken, you get the crispy fried breading you'd expect, and the bang bang sauce drizzle just makes the entire dish spectacular. You'll love this more than any Chinese takeout version. Pay attention to the notes in the directions!!
- Serves: 4 persons
- ⅓cup milk
- 1pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes
- ¼cup potato starch
- ¼cup all-purpose flour
- ½teaspoon salt
- ¼teaspoon ground black pepper
- ¼teaspoon shichimi togarashi (Japanese red pepper condiment)
- oil for frying
- ¼cup mayonnaise
- 2tablespoons honey
- 2tablespoons sweet chili sauce
- 1teaspoon gochujang (Korean hot pepper paste)
Step 1Whisk together milk and egg in a bowl until smooth. Add chicken to egg wash and marinate for 15 minutes. Drain.
Step 2Combine potato starch, flour, salt, pepper, and ground red pepper in a bowl and transfer into a large resealable bag. Add egg-washed chicken pieces and shake until each piece is completely dredged.
Step 3Heat oil in a large skillet to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
Step 4Add chicken pieces into the oil in batches, about 5 to 8 pieces at a time, so as not to drop the temperature of the oil. Fry for 90 seconds. Remove to a paper-towel lined plate to drain. Fry remaining chicken pieces.
Step 5Increase oil temperature to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). The oil should be continuously boiling at this point. Carefully re-add the first batch of chicken and fry another 90 seconds. Remove to a paper-towel lined plate to drain. Fry and drain the remaining chicken. Transfer chicken to a medium bowl.
Step 6Stir mayonnaise, honey, sweet chili sauce, and gochujang together in a small bowl. Toss fried chicken with sauce to coat.