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Make it POPcorn Chicken!

30 Sep

   
Picky eaters annoy me and when it happens to be your 4 year old who refuses to eat a wonderful meal prepared by yours truly, then I’m damn well pissed off! (Aaaaand breathe) Every night, I stress about what to make for dinner and if “that kid” will even eat it. Now this guy LOVES popcorn chicken. He can eat it all day everyday from pretty much any spot that makes said dish.  So “light bulb” I decided to make my own version of it and he happily approves (thank God!)

I must say, popcorn chicken is very easy to make but at my house, I need to make more than humanly possible since thieves come by stealing the ones I’ve already made (jerks). Popcorn chicken pretty much goes with anything like rice, potatoes and did I mention rice? (Eh I’m Filipino) 

So without further or do, here’s my popcorn chicken that is totes kid approved…

What you will need: 

  
   

  
  Directions:

Cut and cube chicken breast

Heat oil in a pot or fryer.

Combine garlic salt, chicken bouillon, white pepper and cornstarch in a bowl and set aside.

In a separate bowl, scramble the eggs.

First dip chicken into egg batter (dip only a handful of chicken at a time).

Drop chicken into the cornstarch mix and thoroughly coat the chicken.

Fry only a  handful of chicken at a time until light golden brown and crispy (chicken should float to the surface when ready).

Place cooked chicken onto paper towels to absorb the oil.

 Call everyone to dinner and ENJOY! 

Please note: you can always make this dish to your liking whether it be the seasoning or meat (cuz pork is awesome too).

  

  

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“How funky is your chicken?” Chicken Afritada

24 Jun

This is a hearty, tomato-based chicken stew. It’s definitely a favorite among the kids and hubby-so they say. It consists of chicken, fried potatoes and red bell peppers. Frying the potatoes really brings out the savoriness of the dish. This is what I grew up eating and (I know my mom is reading this: my version is NOT as good as hers), it is extremely easy to make. I will admit, I cheat and use the Mama Sita’s afritada mix, but remember: I’m a “working mom” and shelling out $1.09 for the packet is much easier for me.

fried potatoes

Please note, I’m also NOT a professional photographer and I DON’T have a fancy camera, therefore, these pics are the best I can do. And since we’re being honest, I think you should know that I’m typing this with one hand because I’m nursing the baby with the other!

boiling chicken thighs

red bell peppers

Good 'Ole Mama Sita and her mix!

Ingredients:

3 medium-sized russet potatoes

1 large red bell pepper

Chicken (I used 10 bone-in chicken thighs with skin-but you can use whatever you prefer)

1 packet of Mama Sita’s Menudo/Afritada stew mix

1 tbsp. cooking oil for frying

Directions:

Combine the Mama Sita mix with 1/2 a cup of water then set aside. Wash, peel and quarter potatoes then fry them in a skillet containing hot cooking oil. Brown potatoes on both sides and set aside for later. Cut red bell pepper into strips and set aside (feel free to save some of the red bell pepper seeds to make your dish spicy!) In a wok, brown the chicken on both sides, then add  water to make a nice boil. Add the Mama Sita mix to the chicken and let simmer while the chicken cooks through. Finally, add the fried potatoes and red bell pepper to the cooked chicken and you-are-done! Serve hot and of course, with white rice. Pretty easy huh? Enjoy!