Chicken Cheese Sticks by Chef Rizwan Khan, H&S Chef Of The Month
H&S Chef Of The Month
Chef Rizwan Khan
Interview With H&S Magazine
Who Is Rizwan Khan?
I was born and brought up in Nairobi, though I currently live in Mombasa. I have worked in several hotels and have also got the chance to open my own fast food restaurant so I can experience what it feels like to own my very own kitchen. I enjoy spending my free time in playing sports and also creating new recipes.
Type Of Cuisine?
Indian cuisine is my favourite cuisine because there are a lot of spices and herbs involved that allow me to create very flavourful dishes.
What Inspired You To Become A Chef?
As a child, I enjoyed making milkshakes of different kinds, and people enjoyed them and that made me happy & that’s how I got interested in becoming a chef.
What Is The Biggest Challenge You Have Faced In The Culinary Industry?
The challenge I faced was balancing family time as I come from a family who always did things together, and, whilst working as a chef, it was difficult to be able to do so, because sometimes my off days would be on a Monday when everyone would be at work.
What’s Your Biggest Achievement In The Culinary Industry?
I got a chance to work for a celebrity chef’s restaurant called CUT by Wolfgang Puck & working there was an amazing experience.
When It comes To Cooking, What Is More Important To You, The Technique, The Ingredients Or The Creativity?
For me, I believe all are equally important to have as a chef, in order to bring out the best possible meal on the table.
Recipe Of The Week: Chicken Cheese Sticks
The Chicken Cheese Sticks
• 250g chicken cubes
• 1 tsp paprika powder
• 1 tsp oregano
• ½ tsp black pepper powder
• ½ tsp garlic powder
• 1 tsp salt
• 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
• 1 cup all-purpose flour
• 2 eggs beaten
• 1 cup breadcrumbs
• Oil to fry
Preparation: The Chicken Cheese Sticks
In a mixer, add the chicken cubes and grind well until it becomes mince meat. Now take the mince meat out in a bowl and add paprika powder, oregano, black pepper powder, garlic powder, salt, cheddar cheese and mix until well combined. Next grease your hands with oil, & take a mixture and make a ball and roll out in a finger shape, coat in all-purpose flour then dip into the egg mixture, then coat in bread crumbs making sure it’s well coated & freeze them for about an 1 hour. Deep-fry on medium heat until golden brown & serve hot with any sauce of your choice.