Recipe: Sizzling Chicken Sisig

Chicken Sisg

Sizzling Chicken Sisig

Sisig is a Pinoy (Filipino) bar snack made with pig parts (snout, ears etc) that are cooked on a sizzling platter, combined with peppers and onions, and eaten with beer. I ran across a quick and easy version that uses a supermarket rotisserie chicken and tinkered with it till I ended up with a pretty satisfying dish, though I don’t know how authentic it is. Serves 6.

Supermarket rotisserie chicken, 3 pounds or so
¼ c lime juice
1 small bell pepper*
one medium red onion*
a few garlic cloves*
some medium-hot peppers*
oil for sautéing
1 egg
2 T mayonnaise (optional)

Method: debone the chicken and cut the meat into pieces/chunks no bigger than ¾ inch square. Transfer to a mixing bowl, add lime juice and mix thoroughly. Allow to sit and marinate while you assemble other ingredients. Chop a mixture of bell peppers, onions, garlic and medium-hot peppers (these are the ones that are sold by some markets as hot but really aren’t) that *roughly equals the volume of your chicken. Heat a griddle or cast iron pan very hot, add a little oil, sauté vegetables 2 or 3 minutes till crispy. Meanwhile, heat the chicken in a microwave (you don’t want to heat it with the veg because it will get too dry). Add chicken, stir to mix, then crack egg in the middle and bring it “sizzling” to the table if you like. Add mayonnaise if it seems a bit dry. Serve over rice, or in tacos.

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