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I seared up some chicken chunks the other night to make Rattlesnake Bites. Mmmm good and as usual with my cooking there is not so much a recipe as there is a method. Here we go.
Cut your boneless chicken into chunks. Toss in a plastic bag with a mixture of spices with the main flavor being a chili powder of some sort. The heat factor is decided by what kind of chili powder you use. In my house we like it spicy and hot.
I used a combination of regular chili powder, some hot chipotle, garlic, cumin, paprika and lots of black pepper. I also threw in some salt to taste. Heat your cast iron pan over high heat with a good vegetable or safflower oil and turn on the fan. Don't use a regular pan or you will probably ruin it. Add the chicken a bit at a time tossing and cooking through. Remove it as it is done and finish cooking the rest. At the end you can toss it all back in the pan to sizzle a bit while you squeeze some fresh lime juice over top of the chicken then toss it with some fresh chopped cilantro.
Now you have one dirty cast iron pan. Did you know the best way to clean your cast iron pan is with salt? You bet. Wipe out the excess oil and debris with a paper towel. Sprinkle generously with a coarse salt and rub with another paper towel. At some point you can add a bit of water but never add soap or you will ruin the seasoning of the iron pan. So just scrub until clean adding more salt if needed. See how some of the salt is now brown? It is absorbing all the food and oil debris. Rinse and dry your pan well.
Now this pan is ready to use but it could stand to have a bit of oil rubbed into its finish. Boy is this a heavy pan.