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Kara-Áge Chicken Sliders {and a product review!}

Full Disclosure: I received this product for free through the Foodbuzz Tastemakers Program.  Even though they paid for it, these are completely my own opinions.

I don’t eat a whole lot of meat – especially at home. Not because I don’t like it, but because it is generally more involved to cook, and goes bad much quicker than other things. Sometimes, though, I crave a good chicken sandwich.  Generally when this happens, we end up going to some bar and grill type restaurant so I can satisfy my craving.  Even though a chicken sandwich by itself may not be a horribly unhealthy choice, the fries, soda, and other things that accompany it are generally even less healthy.

When I got a sample of the Kikkoman Kara-Áge seasoning mix to try from the Foodbuzz Tastemaker’s program, I was a bit stumped with what to make at first.  I could just pan fry the seasoned chicken and eat it with some rice….but that seemed kind of boring to me.  And not what I was in the mood for at the time.

Kara Age

I hopped on to my computer and searched the internet for other ideas of how I can use Kara-Áge chicken, and without too much searching I came across a page of recipe ideas on the Kikkoman site. On this page, there were many recipes, but one of them immediately caught my eye: chicken sliders.  This was perfect timing because we actually had some leftover dinner rolls that needed to be used up too!  You can find the recipe here – but pretty much I only used this basic idea.  My sliders were just chicken and bun, and the husband added cheese to his.

Kara Age Chicken Sandwich

To make this more of a meal, we heated up some frozen corn to go with it.  Even though the chicken was pan fried in oil, the corn gives this meal a bit of a healthy edge – better than the choice of restaurant french fries at least!

Kara Age Chicken with Corn

Overall, I liked the flavor of the seasoning. It didn’t taste very strong, but it did definitely smell like ginger and soy sauce.  Something that I was surprised about was that the breading wasn’t very thick or greasy.  Even though it was pan fried in oil, the chicken only tasted slightly oily – although I did let them sit on a paper towel for a couple of minutes so that probably helped too.

Taste: B, I didn’t dislike it, but I didn’t love it either.
Cost: N/A, since I was sent this product, I don’t know off hand how much it costs in stores.  I wouldn’t imagine it would be too expensive though.

Would I buy it again? – eh, I don’t think so.  Although it was a fun thing to try, I’m not sure that it really is worth going out of my way to purchase.  I’d be just fine with breading my chicken with normal flour and spices.

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