Lemongrass Chicken Fried Quail w/ Hennessy Glazed Carrots

Lemongrass Chicken Fried Quail w/ Hennessy Glazed Carrots

I’ve made quails with Kroeung many ways. Pan fried, grilled, bbq, oven baked but for some reason I’ve never thought to bread them and fry them like fried chicken! I tried it out a few months ago and loved it, since then I’ve reworked this recipe more than a few times to get to its present state. I swear, chicken fried anything is fantastic. I’m a sucker for chicken fried steak and I know there’s chicken fried bacon out there somewhere! Although it’s not something I indulge in very much, as much as I love gloriously fatty foods, I love not having a heart attack more.

Lemongrass Chicken Fried Quail w/ Hennessy Glazed Carrots

Every so often, you gotta throw all precaution to the wind and pull out your skillet, seasonings, flour and oil and FRY SOMETHING! I marinade my quails in Kroeung paste and other seasonings, lightly dusted with rice flour and shallow fried. I thought about deep frying, but I was only cooking 6 quails and just didn’t see the need to go through the long process. Shallow frying still gave me the crispy crunchy breaded outside that I crave and it only takes 3 mins per side to cook. Satisfaction in 6 mins or less! I paired these with Hennessy glazed carrots, I’m super addicted to flamed veggies these days for no other reason than to safely set things on fire. Except I can’t set things on fire properly, cook and photograph all the action at the same time. DARN IT! I had my sister there to help, but she was hungry and complaining about how long I took to make this lunch for us. Plus my niece is becoming so much more active and rambunctious, flaming anything around her causes me a small heart attack, especially when my eyes aren’t on her whereabouts in my kitchen. Life of an Auntie, I tell yah!

Lemongrass Chicken Fried Quail w/ Hennessy Glazed Carrots

I’m not as happy with these pictures as I feel I should be, but I have always been hard on myself, though the food was fantastic and was gobbled up very quickly by my family! Ready for the cooking fun to begin!?

Lemongrass Chicken Fried Quail w/ Hennessy Glazed Carrots

INGREDIENTS:
Lemongrass Quails:
6 Quails, Butterflied
3/4 cup Kroeung Spice Mix
1 tbsp Fish Sauce
2 tsp Prahok, aka Pickled Gouramy Fish, cream style (small write-up on Prahok here)
1 cup Coconut Milk
2 tsp Palm Sugar or Brown Sugar
1/2 Cayenne Pepper, optional
2 cups Rice Flour
Vegetable Oil

Hennessy Glazed Carrots:
5 Large Carrots, peeled and sliced on diagonal about 1/2 inch thick
1/2 tsp Kosher Salt
1/2 tsp Black Pepper
1 tbsp Brown Sugar
1/4 cup Hennessy
1/4 cup Parsley, roughly chopped
1 tbsp Olive Oil

 

METHOD:

Lemongrass Quails:
1. Mix together all ingredients from kroeung to cayenne together. Add quails and allow to marinade at least 4 hours up to 24 hours. I sure did let it go over night!
Lemongrass Chicken Fried Quail w/ Hennessy Glazed Carrots

2. Scrape off excess marinade from quails and dredge lightly in rice flour. Set aside for 10-15 mins. This will allow a more crispy crust.. meanwhile..
Lemongrass Chicken Fried Quail w/ Hennessy Glazed Carrots

3. Add enough oil to over the bottom of a skillet, heat to 350, just before it starts to smoke.

4. Add quails, breast side down, fry 3 mins on each side. Remove to cooling rack when done. Don’t burn one like I did, I swear I was distracted…. I’ll blame it on my niece!
Lemongrass Chicken Fried Quail w/ Hennessy Glazed Carrots

 

Hennessy Glazed Carrots:
1. Heat olive oil over medium heat. Add carrots and saute until slightly soft, about 3-4 mins.
Lemongrass Chicken Fried Quail w/ Hennessy Glazed Carrots

2. Add salt, pepper and sugar. Stir together and allow sugars to caramelize about 2-3 mins.
Lemongrass Chicken Fried Quail w/ Hennessy Glazed Carrots
Lemongrass Chicken Fried Quail w/ Hennessy Glazed Carrots

3. This is important, pay attention. NEVER POUR LIQUOR FROM THE BOTTLE!! Always pour into a separate vessel THEN add to pan. Safety first dolls! This prevents any flare ups that could roll into the bottle. That would be BAD!! Pour Hennessy and flambe using a long match or lighter stick.
Lemongrass Chicken Fried Quail w/ Hennessy Glazed Carrots

4. FLAMES!!!!
Lemongrass Chicken Fried Quail w/ Hennessy Glazed Carrots

5. Cook until flames have completely died down, top with parsley and serve piping hot with your quail.
Lemongrass Chicken Fried Quail w/ Hennessy Glazed Carrots

Enjoy!

WEEK 26 of 52…CHECK!

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One Comment Add yours

  1. prettyloved says:

    This makes my mouth water and my stomach growl. I’ve just eaten Ramen haha so this looks so uberly tasty <333
    http://prettyloved.wordpress.com

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