Feeds RSS

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Yuzu Karaage (Japanese Fried Chicken Wings)

I know this may sound shocking, but my boyfriend actually enjoys eating healthier than I do. Well, okay, enjoyED eating healthier. Whenever I'd come over, he'd always have salad already cut and ready to eat in his frig. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy salad, but we like different types of salad. He likes a MAN salad, romaine cut into big chunks, carrots, mushrooms, chunks of regular tomatoes, raw onions, italian dressing ... while I like my salad all GIRLY, musclin with either fresh pears or dried cranberries, goat cheese, cherry tomatoes cut in half, oven roasted beets, steamed asparagus, shallots, balsamic vinagrette. I mostly don't eat salad cuz the ingredients for the type of salad I like don't keep in the frig very long.

So my BF thought he'd be a good influence on my eating habits. At first he made a gallant effort. He always prepped a salad for our dinner. And I dutifully ate it. Its healthy, its good for me. It'll counteract all that butter I love! But after a while, it just sat there wilting and being ignored in exchange for more unhealthy fattening dishes like mussels or the fried chicken I made this past weekend. My boyfriend didn't even want to eat rice since it took up too much stomach space with so much chicken available to eat. When I do bother to make a salad, it just its on the table ... He calls it the "bouquet", you know, the flower arrangement ...

Don't worry baby! I put veggies in this fried chicken dish ... uh, there's scallions on top ... and I lined the plate with romaine lettuce so it looks pretty. At least the romaine lettuce in the frig didn't completely go to waste!

I used a couple ingredients not usually found in an american supermarket. So I thought I'd take a picture, so you know what it looks like if you can find these at a Japanese or Asian market. I'll give alternate ingredients just to make regular Japanese chicken wings if you can't get ahold of these ingredients.

Left: Yuzu Kosho in tube
Center: Katakuriko (Potato starch)
Right: Yuzu Kosho (dehydrated skin of a yuzu)

2T yuzu koshou from tube
1 lemon, juiced and skin cut into chunks
1/8 cup salt
2T sake
2T mirin -OR- mixture of sugar and sake
1T yuzu ponzu -OR- regular ponzu or more lemon juice
1T soy sauce
1/8 t sansyo (optional)
thumbsize piece of ginger, grated, and juiced (keep only the juice)

1 large package of chicken wings (about 3-4 pounds), tips removed, broken down to wings and drumettes
1-2 cups katakuriko -OR- mixture of flour and cornstarch
cooking oil
yuzu kosho powder (optional)
1 bunch scallions, chopped

1 lemon, juiced -OR- 2 T rice vinegar
2 T roasted sesame oil
1 t yuzu kosho from tube (optional)

Mix all ingredients of marinade together. Place chicken wings and drumettes in marinade. Allow to soak in flavor at least 2 hours, up to overnight.

Heat cooking oil in large pot over high heat to fry chicken. You will want to cook the chicken at least 375 degrees F. The oil may get hotter than this since when you add the chicken to the oil, it will lower the temperature of the oil. Take the chicken out of the marinade and light dust the chicken with katakuriko. Fry in small batches for about 3-6 minutes depending on the size of your wings, until the chicken wings have a nice color. Drain chicken on newspapers lined with paper towels (cuz don't you think those newspapers are really dirty?).

After all the chicken has been fried. Line a large plate with romaine lettuce. Place a layer with half the chicken, sprinkle with the powdered yuzu powder and half the scallions, then do another layer and add more yuzu powder and scallions. Whisk together the lemon juice, roasted sesame oil, and yuzu kosho from tube. Pour the dressing over the chicken immediately before serving.

Note: The lemon in this recipe is to bring out the subtle yuzu taste. Do not substitute out for rice vinegar unless you are not planning to use the yuzu ingredients.


Cajun Chef Ryan said...

This really looks good! Favorite this one!

linda said...

this sounds like a lot of fun to try, especially since i'm headed to uwajimaya (our awesome asian superstore) today so i'll be able to put everything together...

Anonymous said...

It's chicken. It's fried. What's not to love!
I love the flavors going on here!

Jenn said...

Thanks everyone for the comments. Its nice to get some feedback when you're a new blogger! :)

penny aka jeroxie said...

Fried chicken! Fab... give me a plate full of it

Cinnamon-Girl Reeni♥ said...

These are the most delicious looking chicken wings I've ever seen! Forget the salad - bring these on!

brad said...

Wish I could try those, they look tasty.

Jenn said...

I actually made two plates this large of wings cuz I thought my BF would eat so many so quickly, that I wouldn't get any, so I needed insurance by making a double batch! Ha ha!

Cinnamon girl - there's a salad on the plate ... like 3 whole leaves of lettuce! and don't forget the scallions! ;)

Mae said...

Hey, fellow new blogger! I love Japanese chicken wings, they look great, and so does the site! I'd never know you were new to this. :)

Jenn said...

Thanks Mae, I'm finally getting to a point that I'm getting comments, so I'm pretty excited. I guess its the little things that make you happy when you blog!

The Saucy Coq said...

Nice one Jenn. Very nice. These look delicious. Definitely a new spin on some good bar food I haven't tried yet. We have a great Japanese supermarket around the corner from us. I'll let you know how it goes!

Jenn said...

Thank you Saucy Coq. I hope they work out for you ... let me know!

Mr. P said...

Jenn, I love karage, but am always a bit scared of that much oil. I figured it was an izakaya only type of dish.

But I guess if you make it at home, I should get over my fear. Love the yuzu idea too. And sansho is my favourite seasoning! I love the tongue tingle!

Jenn said...

Mr. P, we all know for a fact that food at restaurants has way more fat than we want to believe. They put so much butter and olive oil in everything. Cooking at home is much healthier. But I do love izakaya food! And karaage is one of my favorite!

{kiss my spatula} said...

fried chicken wings?! count me in!

Post a Comment