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Recipe: Extra cheesy loaded fries

The comfort is in the cheese to beat those winter blues with this dish by chef Siyabonga Ngwenya

Sowetan chef, Siyabong Ngwenya shares his recipe for loaded cheesy fries. Photo: Supplied/ Food For Mzansi

Mzansi’s temperatures are beginning to drop and the cold nip in the air calls for a little comfort and indulgence.

Sowetan chef Siyabonga Ngwenya’s comes to your rescue with his loaded cheesy fries.

Topped with deep fried chicken strips, Ngwenya’s loaded fries are just what you need to keep the winter blues at bay.

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For chicken strips

500g boneless chicken

1 cup milk

1 tsp garlic salt

1 tsp basil

1 tsp paprika

Pinch pepper

1 large egg

1 cup plain flour

1 tsp baking powder

½ tsp salt

For fries

Canola oil, to deep fry

500g frozen thick cut chips

Salt and pepper to taste

For cheese sauce

60g butter

3 tbsp flour

500ml milk

95g mature Cheddar, grated

56g Mozzarella

½ tsp Dijon mustard

Salt and pepper to taste

½ red onion chopped

1 tomato

Half cucumber


Chicken strips:

  1. In a shallow bowl combine flour, paprika, basil, salt and pepper, and garlic salt.
  2. In another bowl beat egg and milk.
  3. Dip chicken into egg mixture, then flour mixture until coated.
  4. In a deep-fat fryer heat oil or pan on medium heat. Fry chicken, a few strips at a time for 2-3 minutes on each side until golden brown.


  1. In a deep fat fryer or large deep pot, heat oil.
  2. Deep fry the fries from frozen until golden brown for about 5-10 minutes.
  3. Drain on paper towel and season.

Cheese sauce:

  1. In a medium size saucepan over medium high heat add butter and melt.
  2. Whisk in the flour and slowly whisk in the milk.
  3. Add cheese and mix until melted.
  4. Top chips with chicken strips, red onion, cucumber, and drizzle cheese sauce. Serve and enjoy.

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