Hoisin-glazed crispy shredded chicken salad

Cuisine World
Servings 6 persons

Ingredients
  

Five-Spice Seasoning

  • 2 roasted chicken thighs
  • 2 legs shredded, skins julienned
  • 2 tablespoons Cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons rice flour
  • vegetable oil for frying
  • 3 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon Chives sliced

Pickled Daikon

  • 200 gram water
  • 200 gram Sugar
  • 200 gram rice wine vinegar
  • 1 piece daikon peeled and julienned, 5 cm long
  • 1 cm fresh ginger peeled and julienned

Honey Mustard Vinaigrette

  • teaspoon Honey
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 0,25 lemon for juice
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

Garnish

  • 1 large head Bibb or butter lettuce root and base removed but core intact
  • 0,5 bunch scallions sliced on the bias

Instructions
 

Five-Spice Seasoning

  • It is easier to shred the chicken thighs when the meat is still warm, but it can be done chilled as well. Use your fingers to release the meat from the bones and shred into pieces about ¼ inch wide.
  • Place the shredded chicken in a medium-size bowl. Mix the cornstarch and rice flour together in a small bowl and sift 1 tablespoon of the mixture over the chicken. Toss together with your fingers and add more sifted cornstarch/rice flour if there are uncoated pieces.
  • Heat a large wok with 1 inch of vegetable oil over mediumhigh heat until the oil temperature reaches 350°F. Test with a candy thermometer or 1 piece of chicken. If the oil begins to froth and sizzle rapidly, it is hot enough. If the chicken floats to the bottom of the pan and there is little movement from the oil, it is not hot enough.
  • Pour small batches of the dredged chicken onto a spider and shake off the excess flour. Slowly drop the pieces into the wok and shallow-fry for 2 to 4 minutes, stirring frequently, until the chicken is crisped and golden brown but not dried out. If the oil stops sizzling it needs to be hotter, so you will need to turn up the heat a notch on the stove. If the oil is smoking you can turn the flame off the stove for a second, add a small amount of oil at a time to cool down the hot oil, and turn the flame back to mediumhigh heat. When you add ingredients to hot oil it immediately lowers the temperature, and the more ingredients you add at a time, the faster the oil temperature drops, so it’s best to fry in small batches. Drain the chicken on a sheet tray or plate lined with paper towels and season with salt. Apply the same frying technique to the julienned chicken skin, without dredging in flour. The chicken skin will only need to fry for about 2 minutes to turn golden brown and crispy.
  • Mix the hoisin sauce with rice wine vinegar and lightly toss
  • the crispy chicken in the sauce. Add lemon zest and chives. Season to taste if needed.

Pickled Daikon

  • Heat the water, sugar, and vinegar in a medium saucepot over medium heat until the liquid comes to a boil and the sugar dissolves. Use a mandolin or knife to julienne the vegetables. Put the daikon and ginger into their own bowls. Pour the hot pickling liquid over each vegetable and let soak for 20 minutes before refrigerating. Chill before serving.

Honey Mustard Vinaigrette

  • Whisk the honey, mustard, and lemon in a small mixing bowl. Whisk in the olive oil and set aside.

Garnish

  • Pull any bruised leaves off the lettuce. Set the lettuce core face down on a cutting board with the leaves facing up. Starting with the outer layer, wedge your hands between the leaves and the rest of the head. Pry open the leaves and flatten down with the palms of your hands. Repeat this step with all the layers of the leaves until you are left with the last layer of the heart closed and the leaves open and flattened to resemble a blooming flower. Plate lettuce flower on a serving platter and drizzle each leaf with vinaigrette.
  • Spoon the fried chicken mixture evenly in between the lettuce layers starting from the bottom. Garnish evenly with pickled daikon and ginger. Add the scallions and finish with a few drizzles of the vinaigrette.
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