At the end of any given day, how do you know whether it was successful? I count it a win if I get dinner on the table and still have time to watch TV with the kids! This Kim Chee Chicken Sandwich definitely helps too!
In case you haven’t heard, I am recently obsessed with my cast iron pan! We bought the pan over 5 years ago but I didn’t know what to do with it so it just sat in the drawer.
A few months ago I started testing it out and fell in love. We even made these Smash Burgers using this same pan!
It holds heat well which makes it ideal for frying. And that is exactly what we did with these Kim Chee Chicken Sliders!
How To Make Kimchi Chicken Sliders
There is no wrong way to make a slider, but everyone has their preference. My idea of a perfect slider is a relatively small portion of meat with lots of delicious toppings!
Because of this, we start by taking a chicken breast and slicing it lengthwise to keep it from being too thick when it cooks. To do this, you need to sharpen your knife because chicken can be difficult to cut through with a dull knife.
If you are using frozen chicken, don’t defrost it all the way before slicing it. The slightly firmer texture will make it easier to cut through (but don’t try it frozen…that won’t work)!
Next, cut the breasts in half to make 4 quarters. These will fit nicely in your slider buns.
Marinate Chicken In Apple Cider Vinegar
This step is optional but I love to do it because it gives the chicken a subtle hint of tangy flavor that pairs well with the kimchi. initially I did it to make the chicken more tender, but i’m not convinced it helps with that.
Marinate the chicken overnights in a mix of apple cider vinegar and nut milk. When you are ready to cook the chicken, reserve the marinade and use it while breading the chicken.
How To Make Fried Chicken
In this recipe we are gong to make a “healthier” fried chicken. Fried chicken in general is not considered a health food, but there are things we can do to make it healthier and still satisfy those cravings.
First, remember that when frying, the oil needs to be hot. When adding food to hot oil, the oil immediatley seals the outside and prevents an abundance of oil from soaking into the food.
When food is added to cold oil, it the food will sit in the oil and absorb it until the oil is hot enough to sear the outside. You can test your oil by sprinkling flour over it. If the flour sizzles as soon as it hit the pan, it is ready. This is where a cast iron pan comes in handy!
Heat up about a 1/4 inch layer of Avocado oil in your pan.
In a separate bowl, mix the dry ingredients together.
Take the chicken out of the marinade and pat dry. It doesn’t need to be completely dry, we just want it to be able to pick up the flour without sliding off.
Dip the chicken in the flour mixture. Then dip it back into the marinade. Once again, dip it into the flour mixture.
Gently place the chicken into the hot oil. How long does it take chicken to fry? That will depend on the thickness of the piece. It should take about 3-4 minutes per side. You can also flip the chicken every 1-2 minutes if you prefer.
Is Avocado Oil Better than olive oil?
Both avocado oil and olive oil have lots of antioxidents and nutrients that are great for you and your family. However, avocado has a higher smoke point, meaning that you can bring it to a hotter temperature without killing off all the beneficial nutrients.
In addition, repeatedly heating olive oil can turn into a saturated fat over time and negate any health benefits.
This make avocado oil ideal for frying. I also prefer it because it has a lighter flavor than olive oil and won’t change the taste of the food that you are cooking.
But don’t get me wrong…olive oil still have it’s place in the clean eating kitchen!
Assemble the kimchi sliders
Putting the sliders together is the easy part! If you want to , you can toast the buns, cut side up, under the broiler until toasted.
Place a fried chicken breast on the slider and top with lettuce, lots of kimchi and a dollop of avocado mayo!
What are good party foods?
Add this dish to your next party platter and watch your guests go crazy! (Hey, it can also be a delicious week night dinner too!)
Here are a few more healthier ideas to add to your party rotation too. Keep in mind that most are kid-friendly too!
- 1/2 Cup Avocado Oil, or more
- 2 Chicken Breasts, Cut into quarters
- 1/2 Cup Almond Milk
- 1/4 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
- 3/4 Cup Flour, Gluten Free is Ok
- 2 Cups Kimchi, Or more!
- Salt & Pepper, To Taste
- Mix the almond milk and vinegar in a glass container
- Add the chicken breast pieces
- Cover the container and let sit at least 30 minutes, or overnight
- In a large bowl, add the flour, salt and pepper and mix well
- Coat the bottom of a cold cast iron skillet with Avocado oil. Heat over medium-low heat
- Once the Avocado oil is hot, remove a piece of chicken from the marinade. Dip the chicken in the flour mixture, then back in the marinade and then back in the flour mixture. It should have 2 coats of flour
- Place the chicken in to the hot oil. Repeat with the other chicken pieces
- Cook chicken for 3 minutes on each side, or until cooked.
- Place the chicken on a paper towel to absorb any extra oil
- Serve the chicken on a slider bun with lots of Kimchi!
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 4 Servings
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 318Saturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 72mgSodium: 173mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 27g