Voodoo Chicken with Gris Gris Sauce

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Just in time for Halloween, a dish that will curse you with fried chicken in a buttery sauce and tons of heat! Inspired by my favorite meal when I worked at the Jazz Cooker a Cajun restaurant that used to be in Indianapolis. We had this simple breaded chicken on a bed of white rice. So simple and good but with a sneaky heat that was like magic and would have you mopping your forehead with your napkin. Turns out, some of that heat was hidden in the dipping sauce, who knew? The Gris Gris sauce is based off a French beurre blanc with the addition of jalapeños, so wine, cream, and butter. Get the entire Cajun experience when you pair it with a bowl of gumbo or black bean soup and jalapeño corn bread. Yes, that is a legit voodoo doll in the picture.

Category, Cuisine, , DifficultyIntermediate

Just in time for Halloween, a dish that will curse you with fried chicken in a buttery sauce and tons of heat! Simple Cajun breaded chicken on a bed of white rice with a side of a spicy beurre blanc sauce. So simple and good but with a sneaky heat that was like magic and would have you mopping your forehead with your napkin.

Yields1 Serving
Prep Time15 minsCook Time30 minsTotal Time45 mins
 1 stick butter
 1 jalapeño
 1 cup white rice
 1 egg, yolk and egg white separated
 1 tbsp cold water
 4 tbsp flour
 1 tsp white pepper
 1 tsp kosher salt
 1 cup vegetable oil
 1 chicken cutlets, butterflied
 ½ cup white wine
 ½ cup heavy cream
1

Cut the butter into pats of butter then place in the freezer. Over a flame or in a broiler roast the jalapeno until skin is charred then place in a plastic bag for 10 minutes to steam. Remove and peel the skin. dice into small 1⁄8 inch sized pieces. Set aside Cook white rice following package directions.

2

Pour enough oil in skillet to be about ¼ inch deep. You want it to go about halfway up the side of the chicken. Heat oil in a non stick skillet over a medium-high heat. When oil is hot

3

In a bowl beat egg whites with water then put in a shallow dish. On a separate plate or shallow dish mix flour, salt, and white pepper together. Dip chicken in the egg mixture then the flour mixture.

4

Shallow-fry chicken in the oil about 5 minutes per side until done and golden brown. Transfer to paper towels to drain.

5

In a sauce pan over high heat add the diced jalapenos, I use about half but you can put in just a little or the entire jalapeno if you like it very spicy. Add the wine and bring to a boil, reduce by half. Lower temperature to medium and add slowly whisk in the cream. Simmer until reduced by half again regularly whisking to keep it from scorching. About 15 minutes. Grab the cold butter from the freezer and add a pat of butter at a time, stirring constantly, until the butter has melted then add another. When you have stirred all the butter in. Add salt and pepper to taste.

6

Plate by putting the chicken on a bed of rice. Put the sauce in a little dipping dish and garnish with fresh jalapeno slices.

Ingredients

 1 stick butter
 1 jalapeño
 1 cup white rice
 1 egg, yolk and egg white separated
 1 tbsp cold water
 4 tbsp flour
 1 tsp white pepper
 1 tsp kosher salt
 1 cup vegetable oil
 1 chicken cutlets, butterflied
 ½ cup white wine
 ½ cup heavy cream

Directions

1

Cut the butter into pats of butter then place in the freezer. Over a flame or in a broiler roast the jalapeno until skin is charred then place in a plastic bag for 10 minutes to steam. Remove and peel the skin. dice into small 1⁄8 inch sized pieces. Set aside Cook white rice following package directions.

2

Pour enough oil in skillet to be about ¼ inch deep. You want it to go about halfway up the side of the chicken. Heat oil in a non stick skillet over a medium-high heat. When oil is hot

3

In a bowl beat egg whites with water then put in a shallow dish. On a separate plate or shallow dish mix flour, salt, and white pepper together. Dip chicken in the egg mixture then the flour mixture.

4

Shallow-fry chicken in the oil about 5 minutes per side until done and golden brown. Transfer to paper towels to drain.

5

In a sauce pan over high heat add the diced jalapenos, I use about half but you can put in just a little or the entire jalapeno if you like it very spicy. Add the wine and bring to a boil, reduce by half. Lower temperature to medium and add slowly whisk in the cream. Simmer until reduced by half again regularly whisking to keep it from scorching. About 15 minutes. Grab the cold butter from the freezer and add a pat of butter at a time, stirring constantly, until the butter has melted then add another. When you have stirred all the butter in. Add salt and pepper to taste.

6

Plate by putting the chicken on a bed of rice. Put the sauce in a little dipping dish and garnish with fresh jalapeno slices.

Voodoo Chicken with Gris Gris Sauce