Ponzu Chicken Bites

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Author Notes: I was informed in the comments that this recipe is very similar to one found on the Simply Recipes website, so I must give credit to the site. I received something similar to this recipe from a family member, and I loved it, so put my own twist on it, and now make it regularly for dinner parties etc. When you are interested in cooking, you are constantly collecting recipes from so many sources and marrying them up into something to your liking. I used this chicken as an appetizer the other night. I love Ponzu sauce, which is a sort of citrus lime soy sauce, I see it in the grocery stores in the United States, but not so much here in Canada. You might be surprised to see dark rum as part of the marinade, fear not, you will hardly notice it, but it gives the chicken a unique flavor. Be brave and try something different, your guests will taste a little something special but won't be able to put their finger on it.Katheryn's Kitchen


Serves 4

  • 1/4 cup dark rum
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon agave syrup or honey to taste
  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into 1 1/2 inch chunks
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • Limes wedges and hot sauce on the side
  • 3 tablespoons for dipping sauce-freshly squeezed lime juice-
  • 3 tablespoons for dipping sauce-soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon for dipping sauce-agave syrup and honey
  1. Prepare marinade, stirring together lime juice, rum, soy sauce, and agave or honey in a bowl until well mixed. Add the chicken to the marinade and let marinate for a minimum of 1 hour and up to overnight in the refrigerator.
  2. Pour enough oil in a heavy thick bottomed pan so that it comes up the sides at least a half an inch. Heat oil on medium high until a little pinch of flour sizzles when you drop it in the pan, you now know the oil is hot enough to use.
  3. While the oil is heating, whisk together the flour, paprika, and salt in a bowl. Remove the chicken pieces from the marinade and pat dry with paper towels. Dredge the chicken pieces in the flour mixture and transfer to a plate.
  4. Fry the chicken in about 3 batches, about 3 minutes on each side, until deep golden brown and the chicken is cooked through. (If the chicken is browning too quickly, reduce the heat a bit). Remove to a plate lined with paper towels to soak up the excess oil.
  5. Whisk together the dipping sauce and serve with the hot sauce and lime wedges on the side.

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