Asian Chicken Fritters
These crispy little cuties, from former Scramble intern Molly Rubel, are so much fun to make and eat. You can eat them on buns if you prefer, or try dipping them in a little Asian sweet chili sauce.
- 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut into 1/4 - 1/2 –inch chunks
- 8 - 10 oz. diced water chestnuts chopped into 1/4 – 1/2-chunks
- 6 scallions dark and light green parts, thinly sliced
- 1 egg lightly beaten
- 1/4 cup flour (use wheat/gluten-free, if needed)
- 1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce (or use any variety) (use wheat/gluten-free, if needed)
- 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp. black pepper
- 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
- 3 Tbsp. canola or vegetable oil
- 2 Tbsp. Asian sweet chili sauce or teriyaki sauce for serving (optional)
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with a silicone mat or nonstick cooking spray.
In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients except the oil and chili sauce. (The batter can be refrigerated for up to 24 hours.)
Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat (a cast iron skillet works especially well for even browning) and add 1 ½ Tbsp. oil. When it is hot, form the chicken mixture into individual patties and lay them in the skillet (an ice cream scoop works well for evenly measured fritters), making sure not to crowd the pan—you can use two large skillets or cook them in two batches, using the remaining oil for the second batch.
Fry the fritters until they are golden brown, about 3 minutes per side, and transfer them to the baking sheet. Bake the fritters until they are cooked through, 6 – 8 minutes. Serve immediately, with the chili sauce, if desired.
Do Ahead or Delegate: Cut the chicken and refrigerate, chop the water chestnuts, slice the scallions, beat and refrigerate the egg, combine the spices, make and refrigerate the batter.
Scramble Flavor Booster: Use the optional Asian sweet chili sauce or teriyaki sauce, increase the garlic powder and the ground ginger to 3/4 tsp. each.
Tip: I like silicone mats because they are a reusable alternative to foil or parchment paper. They are reliably non-stick and are oven-safe to 475 degrees.
Nutritional Information Per Serving (% based upon daily values): Calories 208, Total Fat: 9g, 13.5%; Saturated Fat: 1g, 5%; Cholesterol: 75mg, 25%; Sodium: 372mg, 15.5%; Total Carbohydrate: 12g, 4%; Dietary Fiber: 2g, 8%; Sugar: 3g; Protein: 20g
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