Friday, July 05, 2013


serves four

150 grams bread crumbs
100 grams polenta
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon ground fennel seeds
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
125 grams plain flour
2 eggs, beaten
4 x 175 grams chicken breasts cut into 3 long strips
oil, for deep-frying 

For the popcorn
90 grams butter
1 bird's eye red chilli, finely chopped
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
100 grams smoked bacon lardons, fried
2 tablespoons oil
100 grams popping corn

To serve: coleslaw and pickled gherkins

To make the coating, mix the breadcrumbs, polenta, spices and sesame seeds in a bowl. Then put the flour and eggs in two more separate bowls. Coat the chicken in flour, then in egg and finally in the breadcrumb mix. Deep fry at 160°C for about 8 minutes until crisp and golden, then drain on kitchen paper. To make the popcorn, melt the butter, chilli and spices together, then cook until the mixture begins to bubble. Remove from the heat and stir in the bacon. Heat the oil in a deep heavy-bottomed pan. Add the popping corn and put on the lid. Start to shake the pan gently when you can hear the kernels popping and continue to shake gently until they stop. Take the corn off the heat and stir in the chilli bacon butter. Serve the popcorn with the chicken, coleslaw and pickled gherkins.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Simon Rimmer, Sunday Brunch, Channel 4

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