Crispy Oven-Fried Chicken / Hrskava pohana piletina iz pećnice

If there was one typo of food I had to eat every day till the end of my days, I’d most likely go with fried chicken. Admittedly, that probably isn’t the wisest dietary choice, but I love that dish so so much. I assume that most people would pick up some chocolate or cookies when needing comfort or celebration, but not me. Just give me some fried chicken and I’m happy.

So in order to have some emergency chicken on hand, I took a bit of time during the weekend and prepared a big batch. Good deal of it went uncooked into the freezer. The beauty is you don’t need to thaw anything, just brush the frozen chicken chunks lightly with oil and roast into irresistible crispiness in a preheated oven.

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 20 pieces / 0.36 EUR per piece / 7.27 EUR for all)

For the meat:

2 large boneless skinless chicken breasts (6.00 EUR)

Good pinch of salt (0.01 EUR)

For the liquid batter:

1 egg (0.20 EUR)

1 cup sparkling water (0.20 EUR)

2 tbsp olive oil (0.09 EUR)

2/3 cup all-purpose flour (0.04 EUR)

1 tsp salt (0.01 EUR)

1 tsp freshly ground black pepper (0.07 EUR)

1 tsp garlic powder (0.07 EUR)

1 tsp smoked paprika (0.07 EUR)

1 tsp sweet Hungarian paprika (0.03 EUR)

For the dry mix:

2 cups breadcrumbs (0.40 EUR)

Good pinch of salt (0.01 EUR)

For the roasting:

¼ cup sunflower seed oil (0.07 EUR)

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METHOD:

First prepare the meat by cutting each chicken breast into ten approximately equal pieces. Season generously with salt and set aside to rest for about 10-15 minutes.

Prepare the liquid batter by whisking together egg, sparkling water and olive oil. Whisk in flour, salt, pepper, garlic powder, smoked paprika and Hungarian paprika until the batter is even and no lumps remain. If needed, add a bit more water or flour. You want the final product to be somewhat like pancake batter. Whisk the breadcrumbs with a pinch of salt in a separate bowl.

Preheat the oven to 200°C and line a baking tray with parchment paper. Dunk chicken pieces in the liquid batter, then coat generously with breadcrumbs. Using your hands press the breadcrumbs into the meat and spread the coated chicken pieces on a prepared baking tray. Repeat until all of the meat is coated. At this point you can also freeze the extra chicken for later. Just put the whole baking tray into the freezer and after two hours transfer the chicken pieces into a freezer bag and wrap tightly.

Lightly brush chicken pieces on both sides with sunflower seed oil and bake for 25 minutes, until crispy and golden. Serve immediately.

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Da sam do kraja života osuđena na samo jedno jelo, vjerojatno bi se odlučila za pileće pohance. Naravno, to baš i nije najmudriji prehrambeni izbor, ali za pohancima sam jednostavno luda. Pretpostavljam da bi većina ljudi posegnula za čokoladom kada žele utjehu ili nešto proslaviti, ali ne ja. Samo mi dajte pileće pohance i ja sam sretna.

Pa kako bih u kriznim situacijama uvijek imala pohanaca pri ruci, za vikend sam izdvojila nešto vremena i bacila se na pripreme. Dobar dio pohanaca sam panirane i sirove ubacila u zamrzivač, a super stvar je da ih prije pečenja ne trebate odmrzavati. Samo ih smrznute lagano premažite uljem i u zagrijanoj pećnici ispecite u hrskave poslastice.

SASTOJCI:

(Za 20 pohanaca / 2,71 kn po pohancu / 54,27 kn za sve)

Za meso:

2 velika odkoštena pileća prsa bez kože (45,00 kn)

Dobar prstohvat soli (0,01 kn)

Za tekuću smjesu:

1 jaje (1,50 kn)

1 šalica gazirane mineralne vode (1,50 kn)

2 žlice maslinovog ulja (0,66 kn)

2/3 šalice glatkog brašna (0,33 kn)

1 žličica soli (0,01 kn)

1 žličica svježe mljevenog crnog papra (0,50 kn)

1 žličica češnjaka u prahu (0,50 kn)

1 žličica dimljene paprike (0,50 kn)

1 žličica slatke crvene paprike (0,25 kn)

Za suhu smjesu:

2 šalice krušnih mrvica (3,00 kn)

Dobar prstohvat soli (0,01 kn)

Za pečenje:

¼ šalice suncokretovog ulja (0,50 kn)

PRIPREMA:

Prvo priredite meso na način da svako pileće prso izrežete na deset otprilike jednakih komada. Dobro nasolite i stavite na stranu.

Spremite tekuću smjesu tako da u posudi skupa razmutite jaje, mineralnu vodu i maslinovo ulje. Dodajte brašno, sol, papar, češnjak, dimljenu papriku i slatku papriku, te miješajte sve dok smjesa ne bude jednolična i bez grudica. Po potrebi dodajte još malo vode ili brašna. Gotova bi smjesa trebala biti kao gusto tijesto za palačinke. U posebnoj zdjeli pomiješajte krušne mrvice sa soli.

Zagrijte pećnicu na 200°C, a protvan obložite papirom za pečenje. Komade piletine umočite u tekuću smjesu i onda dobro obložite krušnim mrvicama. Rukama utisnite mrvice u meso, a tako pripremljene komade mesa raširite po pripremljenom protvanu. Ponavljajte dok svo meso nije panirano. Ovako pripremljenu piletinu možete sada i smrznuti. Jednostavno cijeli protvan na dva sata ubacite u zamrzivač, a poslije meso samo preselite u vrećicu za smrzavanje i dobro zamotajte.

Meso prije pečenja lagano premažite suncokretovim uljem na obje strane te pecite oko 25 minuta, dok pohanci ne budu hrskavi i zlatni. Odmah poslužite.

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Crispy Oven-Fried Chicken / Hrskava pohana piletina iz pećnice

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