Last month I attended a demonstration hosted by Fry’s Family Food – and before you ask, no, I’m not vegetarian; not by a long shot, but I’m keen to try something new every now and then. And I’ll be honest, grocery shopping hasn’t been a priority for a few months, so the samples we got to take home came as a huge relief.
We were treated with mini beef-style burgers, lamb-style curry, meat-free chicken schnitzels and chicken balls, and my favourite dish, warm sesame meat-free chicken strip salad.
I’ve prepared a few of their products since the demonstration, and while I’m not about to give up my beloved bacon, I really enjoyed my Fry’s meals.
The burger patties aren’t great when reheated, but the chicken items seem to reheat fine and deliciously. A handy tip I picked up (being not exactly fond of cooking) is that someone has started the habit of preparing the chicken schnitzels by popping them in the toaster – it works like magic! The schnitzels are warm and succulent inside, and crispy on the outside.
Finally I decided to try my hand at the honey-sesame chicken strips, and I didn’t mess it up! What you need to remember when making this though, is to be generous with your honey and sesame seeds, and to keep an eye on the temperature so you don’t burn the honey. And prepare small batches or in a large pan/wok so your strips aren’t crowded.
The strips came out sweet and warm and crispy and chewy, and even the next day when I had the same for lunch (without reheating) it was really tasty.
I’ve included the recipe at the end of this post, if you’re interested in making it yourself. I didn’t quite follow the same procedure (I heated some coconut oil, fried the strips until they were golden, lowered the heat before adding the honey and sesame seeds, made sure everything was coated nicely and removed from the heat), but the result was delicious.
Fry’s is available in the frozen food section in-store. And thanks again to Fry’s for the free products and recipe books 🙂
WARM SESAME MEAT-FREE CHICKEN STRIP SALAD
1 box Fry’s Chicken Strips
1 cup toasted sesame seeds
1/4 cup raw honey
As many salad vegetables as you wish to have
- Place the honey and 1 tablespoon boiling water in a small shallow bowl.
- Place the toasted Chicken Style Strips in another small bowl.
- Dip each strip in the honey/water and then into the sesame seeds, and coat both sides.
- Lay strips on a baking tray and place in the fridge for 15 minutes.
- When ready, warm a little grapeseed oil in a frying pan and toast the strips on it.
- The strips can burn very easily, so watch carefully.
1 tablespoon sesame oil
Half a cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 – 2 red chilies, finely chopped
1 tablespoon fresh coriander leaves
Serve individual portions by placing salad ingredients in each bowl, and add sliced avocado on top. Finish off with the warm chicken strips and serve with the well-mixed Thai dressing.