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Crispy Chicken Goujons with Spicy Salsa


This is one of these mid week meals which takes moments to prepare, but rewards with delicious crispy chicken and tangy salsa flavours.

I wanted to keep this healthy so I oven roasted the chicken goujons instead of the usual deep fried affair. This keeps the dish much lighter but the chicken remains mouth wateringly tender and crispy.

I made a salsa as I wanted to use up the evenings harvest of heritage tomatoes and Numex Twilight and Birdseye chillies. The salsa and plain rice turned the dish from finger food into a full meal.

This was a household hit and I will definitely be making this again.

When coating chicken or any other meat in breadcrumbs I find it best to use one hand for the egg and the other hand for the dry bowls. I do each piece one at a time so that every last bit has a generous and even coating.

Roast Chicken Crispy Goujons : Last One


Ingredients

for the Crispy Chicken Goujons [serves 2] :

2 chicken breasts on the bone, boned and skin removed
150 g breadcrumbs
1 tbsp Chinese Five Spice
1 tsp ginger powder
1 tbsp garlic powder
1 tbsp smoked paprika
1 tbsp dried oregano
1 tbsp dried basil
1 tbsp dried marjoram
1 tbsp white pepper
1 tbsp onion salt
1 tbsp Dunn’s River Everyday Seasoning
2 eggs, beaten
150g plain flour, well seasoned

for the Spicy Salsa [serves 2] :
1/2 red onion, finely diced
5 tomatoes, finely diced (I used heritage tigers from the garden)
handful of parsley, roughly chopped
4 small green Birdseye chillies, finely diced
1 tbsp olive oil
juice of a lime
salt and pepper to taste

Method

for the Crispy Chicken Goujons :
1) Cut the chicken into bite sized pieces.
2) Add all the ingredients to a bowl, except for the eggs and plain flour.
3) Place the eggs into a bowl, beat well.
4) Place the flour into another bowl and season well.
5) Dust the chicken pieces in the flour, shaking off the excess.
6) Egg wash the chicken pieces one at a time, coating all over, shake off the excess.
7) Coat the chicken pieces in the breadcrumb mix and set aside.
8) When ready to cook, spread the coated chicken on an oven tray.
9) Season again with salt and white pepper.
10) Cook in a pre-heated oven, gas mark 6 for 40 minutes.
11) Serve immediately with Thai Dipping Sauce, the Spicy Salsa and some plain rice.

for the Spicy Salsa :
1) Combine all the ingredients in a bowl, gently combine with a spoon.
2) Check the seasoning, before placing in the fridge to chill.

Roast Chicken Crispy Goujons : Dice the red onion

Dice the red onion

Roast Chicken Crispy Goujons : Dice the tomatoes

Dice the tomatoes

Roast Chicken Crispy Goujons : Roughly chop the parsley

Roughly chop the parsley

Roast Chicken Crispy Goujons : Mix

Add to a small bowl

Roast Chicken Crispy Goujons : Add the chillies

Add the chillies

Roast Chicken Crispy Goujons : Add the lime juice

Add the lime juice

Roast Chicken Crispy Goujons : Add a dash of olive oil

Add the olive oil and mix well. Leave in the fridge to chill

Roast Chicken Crispy Goujons : Skin the chicken and remove the bone

Remove the skin and take the breast off the bone

Roast Chicken Crispy Goujons : Cut into goujons

Chicken prepped

Roast Chicken Crispy Goujons : Goujons ready

Chicken ready to be cut into goujons

Roast Chicken Crispy Goujons : Add the breadcrumbs

Add the breadcrumbs to a bowl

Roast Chicken Crispy Goujons : Add the chinese 5 spice

Add the Chinese 5 Spice

Roast Chicken Crispy Goujons : Add the ginger

Add the ginger powder

Roast Chicken Crispy Goujons : Add the garlic powder and smoked paprika

Add the garlic powder and smoked paprika

Roast Chicken Crispy Goujons :  Add the dried oregano

Add the dried oregano

Roast Chicken Crispy Goujons : Add the dried basil

Add the basil and onion salt

Roast Chicken Crispy Goujons : Add the white pepper

Add the white pepper

Roast Chicken Crispy Goujons : Add the everyday seasoning

Add the Everyday Seasoning

Roast Chicken Crispy Goujons : Prepare the bowls

Prepare the egg wash and seasoned flour bowls

Roast Chicken Crispy Goujons : Make the plain rice

Make the plain rice

Roast Chicken Crispy Goujons : Dust the chicken in the flour

First dust the chicken pieces in flour, shaking off the excess

Roast Chicken Crispy Goujons : Coat in the breadcrumb mix

Coat well in the egg wash before coating in the seasoned breadcrumbs

Roast Chicken Crispy Goujons : Ready for the oven

Goujons coated

Roast Chicken Crispy Goujons : Spread out on an oven tray

Spread out the goujons on an oven tray

Roast Chicken Crispy Goujons : Season

Season well

Roast Chicken Crispy Goujons : Rice ready

Rice cooked, flake with a fork

Roast Chicken Crispy Goujons : Plate up the salsa

Plate the rice on a dish with the salsa

Roast Chicken Crispy Goujons : Chicken ready

Goujons crispy and ready!

Roast Chicken Crispy Goujons : Close Up

Close Up

Roast Chicken Crispy Goujons : Another

And another!

Roast Chicken Crispy Goujons : Last One

Last one!

Roast Chicken Crispy Goujons : Served with rice and salsa

Full plate shot!



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