As I was looking over my blog yesterday, I realized it’s been over a month since I posted a new recipe! With a new job that takes up my mornings and afternoons, I find it much more difficult to set aside time to cook for the blog. I now have a higher level of respect for those food bloggers who work full time at a job that has nothing to do with food – finding the time to cook, take pictures and write a recipe can be a struggle! I’m hoping as I get more adjusted to this schedule, I will be back to it.
It’s been months since I’ve traveled to Tokyo, and would you believe it, I still think about the food there. When visiting the Inari Shrine in Kyoto, there were food stands lined up offering everything from mochi, inari, okonomiyaki and possibly, the best karaage I’ve ever had. The dark chicken pieces are seasoned, coated and fried and let me tell you, it is so flavorful and moist. All of the karaage I’ve had in the States come with a side of mayo for dipping and lemon juice, but this chicken needed no extra seasoning. Since I know I won’t be able to replicate this appetizer, I decided to make my own spin on the classic karaage – a Thai spin. Thai chilies, fresh herbs, and Thai chili sauce come into the mix and make this Thai chicken karaage a little sweet, a little spicy but still moist and flavorful!
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Karaage refers to the Japanese cooking technique in which the protein is marinated, coated in flour and fried. I’ve taken that application and used it for this recipe, changing up the ingredients to make it a Thai chicken karaage.
The first step is to marinate the chicken thigh in the sugar, fish sauce, vinegar mixture. Let the chicken sit in the marinade for at least 4 hours to allow the flavors to soak in; overnight is preferred.
Following the traditional technique, coat the chicken in potato starch, shake off the excess, and fry. Now coat the chicken in the sauce, top with fresh herbs and enjoy! I made my Thai chicken karaage the main star of the meal instead of just an appetizer, and boy was it delicious! Definitely a different type of karaage but still tasty nonetheless.
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