Let’s shake things up a bit in your kitchen with a recipe that is anything but ordinary. We’re talking about the Longhorn Spicy Chicken Bites, which are a game-changer for all the spice lovers out there. This isn’t just another fried chicken recipe; it’s a more flavorful take on a classic inspired by the famous Longhorn Steakhouse.
Why You’ll Love These Longhorn Spicy Chicken Bites
Flavor Explosion: The first thing you’ll notice about these chicken bites is their deliciousness. The chicken gets a unique, spicy kick from the Sambal oelek sauce in the marinade, which is balanced by the soy sauce’s saltiness. Each bite is a flavor explosion that will make you want more.
Easy to Make: Despite having a lot of different flavors, this recipe is surprisingly easy to make. The ingredients are easy to find, and the process is simple. Even if you’re a beginner in the kitchen, this recipe is easy to follow.
Versatile: These spicy chicken bites are very versatile. They make an excellent appetizer for a party, a tasty addition to a weeknight dinner, or a delicious snack for movie night. You can even add them to a salad or wrap for a quick, protein-rich meal.
Customizable Heat Level: Like a good burn? Add more Sambal oelek sauce or red chili flakes. Prefer a milder flavor? Cut back on the heat. This recipe is easy to change to suit your taste for spice.
Crowd-Pleaser: These Longhorn Spicy Chicken Bites are a hit whether you’re cooking for your family, friends, or just yourself. They’re the kind of dish that wows guests and fills hunger pangs.
Longhorn Spicy Chicken Bites Recipe
For the Chicken:
- 12 oz. of Boneless chicken cut into bite-sized pieces
For the Marinade:
- 1 Tbsp of Sambal oelek sauce
- 4 Tbsp of Water
- 1 Tbsp of Soy sauce
- 1/3 tsp of salt
For the Batter:
- 3 Tbsp of all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp of Corn flour
- 1 egg white
- 1 tsp of Baking powder
- ½ tsp of Salt
- 1 ½ tsp of Pepper powder
- 5 Tbsp of Chilled water
- Oil for deep frying
For the Sauce:
- 2 tsp of chopped garlic (6 cloves)
- 1 tsp of chopped Green chili (or to your liking)
- ½ tsp of Red Chilli flakes (or to your liking)
- 3 Tbsp of Spring onions
- 1 tsp of Soy sauce
- 2 tsp of red Chilli Sauce
- 2 ¼ Tbsp of Honey
- 1 ½ Tbsp of olive oil
- 1 tsp of chopped green onions
- Cut the Chicken: Cut the boneless chicken into bite-sized pieces using a cutting board and a knife. Put all the pieces of chopped chicken in a medium-sized bowl.
- Marinate the Chicken: Add the Sambal oelek sauce, soy sauce, water, and salt to the bowl. Mix everything thoroughly and let it marinate for at least 30 minutes.
- Make the Batter: Mix all the ingredients for the batter in a separate bowl. Mix these ingredients until they become a smooth batter.
- Fry the Chicken Bites: Heat the vegetable oil in a skillet or a frying pan. Once the oil is hot, dip the chicken pieces in the batter and fry them until they turn a gorgeous golden brown color.
- Prepare the sauce: Make the sauce by sautéing chopped garlic, green chilies, and red chili flakes in olive oil in another pan. Mix in the chopped spring onions, soy sauce, red chili sauce, and honey. Combine everything by mixing it.
- Mix Chicken and Sauce: Turn the heat off and add chicken to the sauce. To ensure the chicken is well-coated, toss it in the sauce for a couple of minutes.
- Serve the dish: Finally, sprinkle chopped green onions over the chicken as a garnish, and your Longhorn spicy chicken bites are ready to be eaten!
Tips for the Best Results
- Quality Ingredients: Use good, fresh ingredients to start. This includes the chicken, the Sambal oelek sauce, and even the oil you use to fry. The better the ingredients, the better the dish will taste in the end.
- Marination Time: Don’t hurry the process of marinating. The chicken will taste better the longer you let it sit in the marinade. If you can, let it marinate in the fridge overnight to get the most flavor out of it.
- Temperature: Before frying, ensure the oil is at the right temperature. If it’s too hot, the outside of the chicken might burn before the inside is done. If it’s not hot enough, the chicken could get greasy. With the help of a cooking thermometer, you can ensure the oil is at the right temperature.
- Don’t Overcrowd the Pan: When frying the chicken, don’t overcrowd the pan. This can lower the temperature of the oil and cause uneven cooking. Fry in batches if needed.
- Taste and Adjust: Don’t be afraid to taste the sauce as you go and make changes as needed. Everyone has different tastes, so feel free to add more Sambal oelek sauce or honey if you want it to be hotter or sweeter chicken.
- Serve right away: These chicken bites are best when they are still hot and crunchy. If you need to warm them up, do it in the oven instead of the microwave to keep the texture.
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What to Serve with Longhorn Spicy Chicken Bites
Longhorn Steakhouse Brussel Sprouts: This is a match made in heaven. The caramelized, slightly sweet flavor of the Brussel sprouts is an excellent balance to the spicy chicken bites. The sprouts are roasted to perfection with a hint of garlic and a sprinkle of parmesan, making them a satisfying and nutritious side dish.
Rice or Quinoa: Both rice and quinoa provide a neutral base that lets the flavors of the chicken bites shine. Plus, they’ll help soak up some of the sauce so that none of that mouthwatering taste goes to waste.
Crisp Green Salad: A fresh, crisp salad can be a nice contrast to the heat of the chicken bites. You could go with a simple lettuce and cucumber salad or jazz it up with some varied greens, cherry tomatoes, and a tangy vinaigrette.
Creamy Dips: Creamy dips like this Popeyes ranch sauce or blue cheese dressing can help to cool down the heat and add a new flavor dimension. They are great for dipping, but you could also drizzle them over the chicken bites to make the flavors blend better.
Grilled Vegetables: Grilled vegetables like bell cauliflower, peppers, zucchini, or eggplant can add a smoky flavor that goes well with the spicy chicken. Plus, they add a bit of color to your plate.