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Irish Spice Bag
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Irish Spice Bag

Irish Spice Bag

Wikipedia say an Irish Spice Bag is 'is a fast food dish, popular in most of Ireland and inspired by Chinese cuisine. Typically, a spice bag consists of deep-fried salt and chili chips (fries), salt and chili chicken and sliced peppers and onions.'

And I just say it's fxxxing delicious.

Serves 3-4


  • 1/2 pound boneless chicken thigh, sliced into thin strips
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons garlic paste, or 1 large clove garlic, minced
  • Neutral oil
  • 1/2 yellow onion, sliced thin
  • 2 serrano peppers, thinly sliced (you can remove the seeds to lessen the heat)
  • 3 small red jalapenos
  • 2 green onions, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon each kosher and coarse ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Chinese five spice
  • 1/1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 cup corn starch
  • 1 egg white, beaten
  • Oil for frying
  • One batch triple cooked fries, see recipe here
  • Curry sauce, see recipe here


  1. Put chicken, soy, sesame and garlic in a bowl – mix well to combine and set aside
  2. Heat a large pan or wok or high heat, add about a tablespoon of oil and the yellow onion, serranos and jalapenos – stir until just softened, about 2 minutes – remove from heat and set aside
  3. Combine kosher salt & pepper, five spice, red pepper flakes and sugar in a small bowl – set aside
  4. To the bowl with the chicken add the beaten egg white and mix well to combine, then add the corn starch and mix really well making sure all the pieces are covered
  5. Heat a couple inches of oil in a pot or cast iron pan to 375 degrees
  6. Shake excess corn starch off the chicken, and carefully put the pieces into the oil – cook until golden and crispy – 2 to 3 minutes then remove to a paper towel lined plate
  7. Heat the vegetables in the pan or wok, add the chicken and a couple tablespoons of the spice mix -s tir well to combine, about a minute
  8. Remove to a plate, or bag – add the fries and serve with the curry sauce
  9. Top with diced green onion