Posted by Mira | Posted in Picnic Food And Recipes | Posted on 05-11-2011
Tags: chicken, french fries, picnic, picnic food, picnic food ideas, walnut
I like this picnic food especially the walnut dressing. It is exquisitely tasty! By the way, you may use this dressing with other food such as fried chicken or turkey, or also with just crispy bread or chips. I do the chicken sticks quite spicy thus use as much chilli powder as will be more to your taste. The French fries are the classic ones though I will give detailed instructions how do I cook them. I hope you will enjoy the set of picnic food ideas I have prepared for you today.
Spicy Chicken Sticks
Preparation 15 minutes, cooking 10 minutes, yields: 1-2 servings.
1 half chicken breast
1 small garlic clove
2 tbsp white wine vinegar
1 tsp chilli powder
1 tsp salt
50g vegetable oil (for frying)
Rinse the half of chicken breast. Remove the skin and bones as you will need a boneless and skinless chicken breast fillet for this picnic food recipe. When done, cut the fillet into 0.5 – 1 cm thin and about 5-7cm long pieces.
Now it is up to your preferences either to have the chicken sticks softer or tougher and crispy. If the pieces are thin they may become as crispy as chips. If not very thin but pan-fried less they will be delightedly softer. Some may prefer these spicy sticks thicker and deep pan-fried in this case they will be tougher.
To prepare the meat, sprinkle it with salt and chilli powder, drizzle the vinegar over it too. If you don’t have the white wine vinegar, use apple or other vinegar. Place in the fridge for some 30 minutes.
If you don’t have time to wait and want the picnic food be done as soon as possible then put the chicken pieces on the cutting board. Sprinkle them with salt, chilli powder, and finely grated garlic clove. Pound the chicken pieces with mallet. Take the pounded pieced from the board using a spatula.
Also you may just coat the chicken pieces in salt and chilli powder, add mashed garlic clove, stir all to coat well and that’s all – the chicken is ready for frying.
When the chicken is prepared for cooking, put a small skillet over high heat. Add vegetable oil and on middle heat allow it to get hot enough. When oil is hot drop the chicken sticks. Using spatula turn the pieces over when needed. The sticks are done when they turn golden-brown.
If you are pan-frying thicker sticks and you haven’t beaten or kept them in vinaigrette for at least 20 minutes then try not to overdo the stick as in that case they will be tough (unless you want such).
When the picnic chicken sticks are cooked remove them from the oil, put on the paper towel to absorb excess oil. Then put into a container and cover with the lid to remain warm.
There may be different methods of preparing French Fries but I want to share my recipe with you. Preparation time 10 minutes, cooking time 10-15 minutes, yields: 2 servings.
2 medium size potatoes
salt, chilli powder
half garlic clove
100gr vegetable oil (for frying)
Rinse and peel the potatoes. Dry them using a paper towel. Place on the cutting board, cut either lengthways or widthwise – depending on the potato form and size.
Then cut each round piece into long wedges.
Transfer the potato wedges into a large bowl. Add salt, chilli powder, mashed garlic clove, stir well to coat through.
If you have time allow the potato sticks to soak the spices for some 5 minutes. Meanwhile put a deep skillet over medium heat. Add vegetable oil, allow to heat well. Carefully transfer potato pieces into the skillet. Using the spatula, turn the picnic French fries occasionally when golden-browned. When done transfer on the paper towel to absorb excess oil.
Spicy Walnut Dressing
Preparation time 5 minutes.
1 garlic clove
salt, chilli powder
0.5 tsp dry spices mix: saffron, basil, coriander, marjoram, dill (or at least dry saffron and coriander)
50-70g cold water
Combine all ingredients.
Process the ingredients in the food processor; add some cold water to make the mix well pureed. Add water in small portions, say, by 1 tbsp at a time. The dressing should not be very thin.
Serve the dressing in a glass cut. If having the picnic food in the open air, serve the picnic dressing in a double plastic cup. Better to serve the picnic food at room temperature. Bon appetite!
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