Hot Honey Chicken Bao Buns with Quick-Pickled Qukes™
4Hot Honey Chicken Bao Buns with Quick-Pickled Qukes™Serves 4
2525 Mins 45 Mins 70 Mins
For the chicken:
- 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken tenderloins, cut in half crosswise
- 1 tsp. rice wine vinegar
- ½ tsp. Kosher salt
- ½ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
- 1 tsp. onion powder
- ½ tsp. garlic powder
- ⅛ tsp. ground ginger
- ½ cup corn starch
- ¼ cup all-purpose flour
- Neutral oil for deep frying
For the Quick-Pickled Qukes™:
- 1 cup Qukes™ Cucumbers, sliced into rounds
- 2 scallions, thinly sliced
- 2 Tbsp. rice wine vinegar
- 1 Tbsp. soy sauce
- ½ tsp. sugar
- ½ tsp. sesame oil
For the hot honey sauce:
- ½ cup hot honey
- 3 Tbsp. unsalted butter
- Steamed Bao Buns (found frozen at most Asian markets)
- Black sesame seeds, for garnish (optional)
- To prepare the chicken: In a large bowl, combine the rice wine vinegar, salt, black pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, and ground ginger. Toss well with the chicken. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
- In a large bowl, combine the cornstarch and all-purpose flour. Dredge each piece of chicken into the flour-corn starch mixture. Heat 2” of oil in a Dutch oven to 350ºF. Add a few pieces of chicken at a time and cook until light golden brown, about 5-6 minutes.
- Remove and set the chicken on a wire rack or a paper towel-lined plate. Maintain a temperature of 350ºF before adding more chicken. Repeat the process until all of the chicken has been cooked.
- To prepare the Quick-Pickled Qukes™: In a medium bowl, whisk together the rice wine vinegar, soy sauce, sugar, and sesame oil. Add the Qukes™ and scallions and toss to combine. Let sit at room temperature for at least 15 minutes before serving.
- To prepare the hot honey sauce: Heat a small saucepan over medium heat. Add hot honey and butter and bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Once boiling, reduce heat to low, and simmer until it thickens slightly, about 3 to 4 minutes. Turn the heat off and set aside.
- Add the fried chicken pieces to a large bowl then top with the hot honey sauce. Toss until the pieces are evenly coated.
- To assemble the bao buns: Steam bao buns according to package directions. Spread mayonnaise inside the bun and add a piece of hot honey chicken.
- Top with a spoonful of the Quick-Pickled Qukes™, garnish with black sesame seeds and serve.
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