This chicken doughnuts recipe is worth a try just to see the confusion and delight on people's faces. They're filled with a quick-cooked shredded chicken, then fried and covered in a delicious savoury-sweet dust.
Put the flour in a bowl, add the butter and rub in until there are no big butter chunks remaining.
Now add the sugar and salt to one side of the bowl and the yeast to the other side. Mix thoroughly and then make a well in the centre.
Mix the eggs and water in a jug, then pour into the well. Mix with the dry ingredients until the dough roughly comes together.
If you are kneading the dough by hand, flour the work surface and knead for 10 minutes until the dough is stretchy and shiny. But I prefer to do it using a mixer, as the dough is quite sticky and buttery. When using a dough hook on a mixer it only needs kneading for 6 minutes on a medium speed.
Leave to prove in a warm place covered with a wet tea towel or greased clingfilm until doubled in size.
Make the chicken filling
Meanwhile, boil the chicken breast in a small pan of water on a medium heat for 15 minutes until the meat is cooked through.
Once cooked, lift the chicken out of the water and leave on a plate until it's cool enough to handle.
Use two forks to shred and pull it apart.
Now add flavour to your chicken by adding the barbecue sauce, mayo, chilli flakes and chives and giving it all a good mix around. Cover and set aside in the fridge.
Fill your doughnuts
Once the dough has doubled in size, tip out onto a floured work surface. Roll the dough into a sausage shape and cut out 12 equal portions of around 90g (3.2oz) each. Making them the same size is important if you want them to fry evenly.
Have a lined and greased baking tray at the ready. Roll out a dough ball to about 12cm (4 ¾ inches) diameter.
Add a tablespoon of chicken mix, not heaped, into the centre.
Gently lift up the edges of the dough from all around the sides and seal the chicken inside, pinching firmly in the centre. Pop it on the tray, pinched side up.
Do this to the rest of them, then pop the tray into the fridge for 1 hour.
Make the savoury dust
Mix the garlic, cumin, salt, sugar and coriander.
Cook the doughnuts
Just before the hour is up, add the oil to a medium-sized pan. Make sure the oil is not higher than halfway up the sides. Heat the oil on a medium heat – if you are using a thermometer you want the oil to reach 150°C / 300F. But if not, you can drop a piece of bread into the oil and if it sizzles and rises to the top, the oil is ready.
Prepare a baking tray lined with kitchen paper to drain the doughnuts on.
Gently place a doughnut into the oil, pinched side up. Don't overcrowd the pan, just do three at a time.
Cook the doughnuts gently for 6 minutes until golden brown all over. You don't need to turn them, just occasionally push them down into the oil using a slotted spoon.
When ready, take out and pop onto the paper to drain, then pop in the oven for 10 minutes to finish cooking through, removing the kitchen paper first.
While still piping hot, sprinkle with the savoury dust. Do the same to all of them, frying and sprinkling.
Allow to cool down, then eat them lukewarm, or even totally cooled. All I can say is: you are welcome!
Be sure to check out the step-my-step images. They show what to aim for at each step. I also recommend reading through the whole recipe and FAQS for extra tips to get the perfect chicken doughnuts.