Thursday, July 31, 2008

Chicken Chop With Mushroom Sauce (Recipe)

My wife wasn't around last Friday as she decided to chill out with her friends for dinner. As both of us like to cook and almost always never could agree who should cook , this was good news to my ears. With her out of the house, I seized the opportunity to take control of the kitchen. It's synonymous to those real life situations whereby the power crazy deputy prime minister takes over the country when the prime minister is overseas. And my god, it felt really good! No wonder these things do happen.

I have always been dreaming of making my own chicken chop so the timing couldn't have been perfect. While most of us would have some idea of the ingredients used to make chicken chop, I surfed the Net to look for some guidance. The only one I found was from Amy Beh. Here are the ingredients I used. I don't believe in giving exact measurements since taste is subjective. Just explore what suits you and always taste what you are cooking to get the right balance.
  • 1 piece of chicken breast
  • potato wedges
  • lettuce
  • tapioca flour
  • 2 finely chopped shallots
  • 1 finely chopped garlic
  • 1 egg
  • diced mushrooms
  • 1 green pepper
  • oyster sauce
  • Worcester sauce
  • thick cream
  • salt and black pepper (preferably peppercorn)
  • water
To cook, here are the instructions:
  1. Tenderise the chicken. If you have a contraption for this, that's fine. As for me, I dont and it all boiled down to brute force. I let my fists do the work.
  2. Marinate the chicken breast with Worcester sauce and leave to rest for 30 minutes
  3. While waiting, remove the skin of the green pepper. To do this, roast the pepper on your stove. The reason also is that it gives a smoky flavour and add another dimension to the taste. Along the way, you will hear some crackling noises. It truly freaked me out as I thought something might explode. (Just imagine the coroner's report - cause of death by green pepper. What a way to end your life). However, I later learnt that this just means that it's roasting. Keep rotating till every area has blackened. Once done, soak the peppers in cold water to stop the cooking process. Scrap off the skin with the sharp end of the knife and chop accordingly.
  4. Once the chicken breast has been marinated, dip it in egg before coating with flour. Cover all areas evenly. Add salt and pepper accordingly.
  5. Deep fry the chicken breast till golden brown.
  6. To prepare the sauce, saute the shallots and garlic followed by mushrooms and peppers.
  7. Add in the oyster sauce followed by water. To heat up things, add in the black peppercorn.
  8. Thicken the sauce by adding some cream.
  9. Pour onto the chicken and serve.

My chicken chop and potato wedges waiting in anticipation of the mushroom and pepper sauce. Bring em on - so they said.

The egg wasn't suppose to be part of the final presentation. Waste not, want not.......... I can't throw the egg away, can I?

I caused a riot in the kitchen and didn't look forward to cleaning up. My wife would know what to do if she's around.

Overall, it ended up better than I expected. The gravy was very nice, the chicken was tender and most importantly, it was fresh. Cant beat this.


BeautifuL Life said...

wow!! Slurp!! I am Hungry now...

Criz Lai said...

Ooppss... did a tornado just struck your kitchen?? The way you cook was just like how my brother did it back home. Well, that's quite normal when the wife is not around to help clean up :P

Anyway, your chicken chop looked delicious. Did you use Chinese mushroom instead of button mushrooms? I can't really see it properly as there are too much of cool ingredients you had put on your chicken.. haha.

By the way, there's another way to tenderize your chicken other than punching it with your fist. :P Just grate some young ginger and squeeze the juice over the chicken and leave it for an hour or less. That will help. :)

Fortesfidelis said...

It's always great to cook but the feeling of having to clean up the mess doesnt really appeal to a lot of people including me. My wife is a great organiser so I leave it to her :)

I believe I used dried chinese mushrooms. I soak it in water first to help bring out the flavour and it complemented extremely well with the sauce.

Thanks for the tip to tenderise the chicken meat. My fists still feel sore after the whole punching incident. Clearly, your suggestion will be put into practice the next time. :)

buzzingbee said...

haha I felt the same way too when my mum is not around at home and I can do all I want in the kitchen.
But I also hate the aftermath, the cleaning..which I'm forced to do or else my mum might never let me step foot in the kitchen again!! :P

Anyway your chicken chop looks awesome. Thanks for the recipe!!

pakmat said...

..hi..this oldster was surfing around lookiong for chickenchop recipe to try out..found yours...will try it soon..maybe tomorrow..thanks..

鋼の好蛋 絕世好蛋 said...

Wah liew this is chicken cutlet. Come on. It is not Chicken Chop. Chicken Chop is that one that is grilled.

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kakizan said...

lucky your wife..
i wonder if my hubby will fight with me on who's cooking today..definitely i will win without so much effort..been looking for the best recipe. I used to buy an instant black pepper sauce and just add fried garlic, mushrooms and fresh milk. Baked potato with garlic also wonderful to be on the plate.

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This sounds good
Thank you for the recipe :)

bali tour said...

This sounds good
Thank you for the recipe :)