I love cooking, and my husband loves fried foods.  Unfortunately, our waistlines don’t agree.   And being constantly surrounded by people half my age (thanks to my husband’s job) tends to make me really conscious about gaining weight.   Not to mention, having to worry about all the potential health issues.

I’ve been trying to modify some of our favorite recipes so we can still indulge once in a while without feeling too guilty.  I actually came up with this recipe by combining and modifying a Chicken Karaage recipe and a Baked Buffalo wings recipe, both of which I found through internet searches.  I’m pretty pleased with how it came out, it reminds me of the fried chicken I used to eat at Shirokiya in Ala Moana Center, back when I lived in Hawaii.  Not quite as crispy, though.  I used 1 lb of boneless skinless chicken breast, cut up into bite-sized chunks.

Marinade:

3 Tbsp. soy sauce

1 Tbsp. sake

1/4 tsp. fresh grated ginger

1/2 tsp. chili sauce (I like sirracha, but you can probably substitute others)

Chicken Coating:

1/2 c. cornstarch

1/2 tsp. black pepper

1/2 tsp. garlic

1/8 tsp. cayenne (red)  pepper

How to make the chicken:

1. Mix marinade ingredients together and add chicken.  Let sit  for half an hour.

2.  Combine cornstarch and other chicken coating ingredients together in a resealable plastic bag.

3. Drain chicken, add to bag, and shake to coat.  Spread coated chicken pieces onto a cookie sheet sprayed with cooking spray, let sit for 1 hour in refrigerator for the coating to set.

4. Preheat oven to 425.  If your chili sauce is on the thick side, dilute with equal parts water.  I use about 3 Tbsp sauce/ 3Tbsp water for the next step.

5.  Dip chicken pieces in chili sauce or chili sauce/water combo.  You may want to re-spray the cookie sheet or use parchment paper for the actual cooking.  Line the chicken pieces on the pan and spray lightly with cooking spray.

6.  Bake for 10 minutes.  Flip chicken, coat again with cooking spray.  Bake for another 10 minutes or until done.

If you would like to check out the original recipes I used to come up with this one:

Chicken Karaage: http://www.justhungry.com/2004/04/karaage_japanes.html

Baked Buffalo Wings: http://allrecipes.com//Recipe/baked-buffalo-wings/Detail.aspx

Now, if only I could figure out a healthier version of my grandmother’s Sesame Chicken recipe, I would be extremely happy!

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