“There is no love more sincere than the love of food”, says George Bernard. Visualize yourself making your favorite meal. There is not a person on earth who doesn’t crave their favorite food, especially when it’s a chicken tempura roll.
You may be wondering whose names these are: Nigirizushi, Spicy tuna roll, Makizushi, California roll, and tempura roll.
They all are the names of delightful Japanese rolls. Phil Collins once said, “When I go on Japanese airlines, I love it because I like Japanese food.”
Japanese food is so popular; the reason behind its popularity is that they use versatile ingredients.
Versatile here means having many uses or functions. For example, eggs can work in every course of the meal.
Using the best seasonings for flavoring is another reason for its popularity.
What Is a tempura roll?
Tempura is one of the most common Japanese dishes loved by people of other countries also. It usually consists of vegetables, meat, chicken or seafood.
The Portuguese brought this dish in Nagasaki in the 16th century. You can make it at home as we’ll provide you with the steps to make it.
If you follow these steps, you can make the dish taste the same as the Japanese one.
Tempura rolls aren’t just tasty but also very easy to cook. One of the best things is that you will not need to spend significantly on its ingredients.
Ingredients of a Chicken Tempura Roll
The chicken tempura roll requires several ingredients, which are listed below.
1- ½ pound of chicken breasts
2- One egg (beaten)
3- ¼ cup of cake flour
4- One teaspoon of salt
5- One teaspoon of crushed ginger
For the Rolls
1- Two cups of sushi rice
2- ½ cup of rice vinegar
3- 1/3 cup of thawed orange juice
4- Two tablespoons of soy sauce
5- Two green onions(sliced)
6- ¼ cup of sugar
7- ¼ teaspoon of crushed red chilies
8- Bamboo sushi mat
9- ½ teaspoon of sesame oil
Equipment Needed for Preparation
Before making the chicken tempura roll, you will need the following kitchen tools:
1- A large pot/ rice cooker
2- Plastic wrap
3- A large bowl
4- One sharp knife
5- Cutting board
6- One small bowl
Preparation of Rice
First, prepare the rice in a large bowl by washing it until the water runs clear.
Next, transfer the rice to a pot on the stove, or use a rice cooker.
Add two cups of water to the saucepan or pot. Then add the rice, cover the pan with the lid, and leave them for 25 minutes.
For 10 minutes, cook them at high heat until some amount of water absorbs. Then, lower the heat and leave them for 15 minutes until the water completely absorbs.
While the rice is cooking, mix salt, vinegar, and sugar in a small bowl until the sugar is fully dissolved.
Take a large bowl and transfer the rice into a bowl from the pot and sprinkle that vinegar mixture on the top until the rice cools and absorbs the mixture.
Preparation of Chicken
Now it’s time to prepare the chicken. We recommend using an air fryer for best results.
Before putting the chicken in the fryer, add chicken strips to a large bowl. In a small bowl, sift the cake flour and add the beaten egg.
Then coat the chicken with batter and fry it in the air fryer for about 5 minutes until crispy.
You can also cook in the oven, but it’s better cooked in an air fryer as it’s easier and quicker.
After your chicken is ready, leave the rice for 10 minutes to cool down, then cut the chicken into long thin strips.
Again, take a large bowl and add the orange juice(thawed), soy sauce, chili flakes, ginger, sliced onions and sesame oil.
After adding it all together, set aside ½ cup of mixture for serving it later.
Then the remaining orange juice mixture and put the chicken into that bowl for coating.
Steps for Making Chicken Tempura Roll
Start by covering the mat with plastic wrap. Don’t forget to moisten your hands with oil so that the rice doesn’t stick to your hands.
Now take the rice and place them onto the plastic wrap to make a flat layer, leaving the middle part of the mat to add the chicken tempura mixture we created earlier.
Hold the mat tightly for the excellent shape of the tempura roll.
Finally, roll the mat tightly and create a tight-packed log. Cut the roll into slices of about 2 inches each.
You should cut them into 2 inches slices. Serve them on the plates and enjoy your delicious and mouth-watering chicken tempura roll.
Sauces and Topping for Chicken Tempura Roll
1- ¼ cup mayonnaise
2- Sriracha sauce
3- Sesame seeds
4- Carrot and spinach salad
5- Japanese ponzu sauce
These were some of the sauces and toppings. You can use your favorite toppings, also.
You can also take some desserts like chocolate ice cream, coffee cake or cheesecake.
Did you see how easy it was to make Chicken Tempura Rolls? They are super easy to make and so tasty! Also, these rolls are healthy because chicken is a source of protein.
You can eat them as a snack also. The chicken is crispy as well, which everyone loves. The taste will double if you serve these rolls with dipping sauce.
So what are you waiting for? Gather all the ingredients and make this delicious Japanese dish today.