The Berlinale is back as of today! But not all of us will get tickets – especially for our first choice of films – or the time to see as much as we would like. But if you’re like me, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I often prefer a movie night in my front room with a group of friends. You can watch your first choice of film, make intermissions and have your choice of snacks and drinks.
Popcorn chicken will be any KFC lover’s favourite (guilty pleasure) but here’s a less greasy and tastier alternative. The crispy potato skins are my favourite snack to serve up during a movie night and they are great to scoop up the tomato salsa or creamy dip!
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For the popcorn chicken:
2 chicken breasts (cut into small chunks)
90g dried breadcumbs
50g plain flour
1 large egg (beaten in a small bowl)
1 tspn cayenne pepper
1 tspn cumin
1 tbpsn red paprika
2 tbpsn sunflower oil
For the crispy potato skins:
Ground black pepper
1 tbspn dried rosemary
For the Tomato Salsa:
Handful of jalapenos (from a jar and roughly chopped)
2 red chillies (finely chopped)
2 spring onions (finely chopped)
Small bunch fresh coriander
Juice of 1 lime
For the Cream Cheese and Chive Dip:
125g cream cheese
120ml plain natural yoghurt
3 tbpsn size freshly chopped chives
1 tspn white wine vinegar
For the popcorn chicken: Add the flour and egg into separate bowls. Add the breadcrumbs, cayenne pepper, cumin and paprika into another bowl, Heat a large frying with the sunflower oil. Dip each bit of the chicken into the flour, egg and then the breadcrumbs. Place in the hot pan and cook on each side for around 4-5 minutes.
For the crispy potato skins; Place the potatoes into a pre-heated oven at gas mark 5/ 180 degrees celsius for around 50-55 minutes. Leave the potatoes to slightly cool and then half them and then quarter them. Scoop out the potato and then place the skins onto a baking tray. Drizzle with a bit of olive oil and scatter some salt and pepper on top. Cook in the oven for a further 20-25 minutes.
For the tomato salsa: place everything into a bowl and mix well.
For the cheese and chive dip: place everything together apart in bowl from the chives and mix well using a whisk. Gently stir in the chives.