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Matt Sinclair’s Ultimate Chicken Parmigiana Slider

Matt Sinclair's tasty sliders

Masterchef 2016 runner-up Matt Sinclair has created what could be the world’s tastiest chicken parma.

The ultimate parma is an upgrade on the iconic Aussie pub classic, featuring premium ingredients including buttermilk fried chicken, streaky bacon, Monterey Jack cheese and chipotle peppers.

Amazing chicken sliders

Ingredients

3 chicken thighs, halved

125ml buttermilk

1 cups plain flour

1 Tbsp smoked paprika

1 Tbsp ground coriander

1 Tbsp dried oregano

CHIPOTLE SAUCE – Makes 1 litre

30 ml olive oil

350 gm brown onion, finely sliced

1 Tbsp. cumin seeds, roughly ground

300 gm Always Fresh whole Piquillo peppers

200 gm tinned diced tomato

200 gm chipotle in adobado

125 ml sherry vinegar

125 gm brown sugar

Salt

plus…

6 Slider buns

6 Streaky bacon strips

6 Slices Monterey Jack cheese

6 Little Gem lettuce leaves

Method

In a large saucepan, heat oil over a medium-high heat and sauté onions until soft and translucent. Season with a tablespoon of salt. Add cumin seeds and stir well to combine.

Add peppers, tomato, chipotle, vinegar and sugar and mix until sugar has dissolved completely.

Using a stick blender, blitz until it resembles a Napoli sauce. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook sauce until it becomes a rich red colour and is thick enough to coat a spoon (approximately 20 mins). Adjust seasoning if required.

Heat deep fryer to 180C.

In a shallow tray, add flour, paprika, ground coriander and oregano and mix well to combine.

In a separate shallow tray, pour in buttermilk.

Dip chicken thighs in buttermilk and transfer to flour. Coat evenly in flour and shake off excess. Repeat with the rest of chicken. Repeat coating process one more time.

Fry chicken in batches of 6, for 5-6 minutes until cooked through or golden brown. Season generously with salt.

Grill bacon until soft.

Cut slider buns in half. Spoon 1 Tbsp. sauce on the base. Stack chicken, bacon and cheese on slider bun. Place cheese on top half of stack and place in the oven at 220C, until melted.

Assemble with lettuce and slider top.

Further tips:

  • The sauce reduction time is approx. 20 minutes.
  • Fry chicken in batches of six, for 5-6 minutes until cooked through or golden brown
  • Once the chicken, bacon and cheese are stacked, place into the oven at 220C until cheese has melted, approx. 5-6 minutes.
  • Havarti or gouda cheeses are the best substitutes for Monterey Jack

Melburnians can sample the MasterChef runner-up’s parma slider at the Parmavana food truck, presented by Latitude Financial Services. The free food truck will pop-up on Wednesday, January 11, at Federation Square noon-3pm and 5-8pm; and Thursday, January 12, at Southbank noon-3pm and Southern Cross Station 5-8pm.

Written by James Graham

With over 20 years as a journalist and TV producer, The Carousel Editor James Graham has a wealth of experience covering the full media spectrum.

James has a formidable reputation as a talented media veteran and worked as a reporter, script writer and as the producer of the TV documentary The Road To Athens.

He has worked across newspapers, radio and the biggest flagship magazine brands in Australia and New Zealand. Previously, James was the News Director at Woman's Day and New Idea.

Whether filing celebrity exclusives, or some of the biggest real-life splashes of recent years, James’ career has always been at the frontline of mainstream media.

When not in the Ed’s chair, you’ll find him at Royal Randwick, his beloved Long Reef Golf Club on the Northern Beaches – or visiting his mum in his native New Zealand.

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