Crispy Chicken with Egg Fried Rice

cook 20 mins
  • sunflower oil, for deep frying
  • 75 g (3 oz) plain flour
  • 1 tablespoon cornflour
  • 200 ml (7 fl oz) sparkling mineral water
  • 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into small chunks
  • 2 tablespoons sunflower oil
  • 2 bacon rashers, chopped
  • 4 spring onions, halved and cut into thin strips
  • 75 g (3 oz) mushrooms, sliced
  • 200 g (7 oz) can sweetcorn,
  • 75 g (3 oz) frozen peas
  • 200 g (7 oz) ready-cooked rice
  • 1 teaspoon Chinese five spice
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • Half-fill a wok or deep pan with sunflower oil and heat to 180–190°C (350–375°F) or until a cube of bread browns in 30 seconds. Meanwhile, mix together the flour, cornflour and a pinch of salt in a bowl. Pour in the sparkling water and mix using a hand whisk. Don't overmix – there should still be a few lumps.
  • Quickly dip the chicken pieces into the batter, drain off the excess, then add to the hot oil about 6 pieces at a time. Fry for about 2 minutes until crisp and golden and the chicken is cooked. Remove with a slotted spoon, drain on kitchen paper and keep warm while cooking the remaining chicken.
  • To make the fried rice, heat the oil in a large frying pan, add the bacon and fry for 3 minutes until crisp. Add the spring onions, the mushrooms, sweetcorn and peas and stir-fry for 2 minutes. Add the rice, Chinese five spice powder and soy sauce and heat through for 3 minutes until the rice is hot. Pour in the beaten eggs and stir until cooked.
  • Serve the rice with the crispy chicken.
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