It’s summer, and we eat dinner outside about 5 times a week. We decided to go to the beach for lunch, and I was so excited to pack up my bento box.
What is it about fresh air that makes food taste so good?
I think eating with your hands makes food taste good, too.
The fried chicken pieces are good on their own, too, if you don’t want to wrap it up for a picnic lunch. I made plenty to share and my daughter still ate 5 onigiri on her own.
Fried Chicken Pieces (Karaage style)
- 1 lb chicken cut up into 1-2 inch pieces (depending on how big you want to make your rice balls) I used breast meat, but I usually prefer thigh.
- 1/2 C soy sauce
- 4 T mirin (rice wine vinegar)
- 1 T grated ginger
- 1/2 C cornstarch
- vegetable oil
- Put the chicken in a ziploc bag with the soy sauce, mirin, and ginger. Exact measurements are really not very necessary here--- just splash it in and it will be fine. Let marinate for 20 minutes or so.
- Put the chicken out on a paper towel-lined plate. Dry the chicken with the paper towels.
- Put the cornstarch in a bowl. Heat 1 inch of vegetable oil in a saucepan or fry pan over medium heat until very hot.
- Dredge the chicken pieces in the cornstarch and put in the vegetable oil. Flip after about a minute and then remove from the pan after another minute. The crust should be golden.
- Fried Chicken pieces
- 4 C hot cooked rice (short or medium grain only)
- Wet your hands lightly with water. Clap to get the excess water off. Put about 1/3 cup of rice in your hands and put a piece of cooked chicken in the middle of your rice. Gather up the rice around the chicken and begin to rotate the ball of rice in your hands, packing it together and working quickly. You don’t want to press too hard to make it mush, but firmly so it sticks together. A circle is easiest for this, but you can make a triangle or other shape if you like. Don’t handle it too much or it will start sticking to your hands as well. It’s okay if you see some of the chicken sticking out!
- Put a piece of seaweed or nori on the outside if you like. Wrap in plastic wrap if you are going to eat it later (so the rice doesn’t dry out). Keep at room temperature until you eat it. Will keep for a couple of hours.