As part of the Foodbuzz Tastemaker Program, I received a box of Kikkoman Kara-age Soy-Ginger Seasoned Coating Mix to try. What is “karaage” anyway? Karaage, as lifted from Wikipedia, is
a Japanese cooking technique in which various foods — most often meat, and specifically chicken — are deep fried in oil. Small pieces of the food are marinated in a mix of soy sauce, garlic, and/or ginger, then lightly coated with a seasoned wheat flour or potato starch mix, and fried in a light oil — similar to the preparation of tempura.
One lazy evening and out of fresh ideas for a quick dinner, I turned to my free box of coating mix. The box had 2 packages of coating mix and as soon as I opened one, I got a good whiff of ginger. I took it as a good sign.
Preparing this dinner was a no-brainer. Other than the coating mix, I only needed cut-up chicken pieces to complete my list of ingredients, and of course, oil for frying. Dinner took under 30 minutes to prepare including the time it took me to coat the chicken pieces with the mix by giving them a good shake in a resealable quart bag. ;)
Not bad for a boxed coating mix! I sprinkled some lemon juice on the cooked chicken. For dipping sauce, my daughter requested a ketchup and mayo mixture, which she believes is a special concoction her dad came up with. Hee hee.
Do not make the mistake of expecting a Japanese restaurant quality karaage! If I may be honest, hubby prefers my karaage from scratch (spoiled husband!). When one is short on time and wants home-cooked dish without the usual home-cooked trouble, this will get decent tasting food on the dinner table.
Hurrah for life’s little shortcuts!
Cheers and mabuhay! :)