BALLS & RINGS – GTA IV – chicken balls and onion rings

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The need for life replenishing after shooting events in the GTA is a main cause of often visits in the locations, which are serving food typical for American culture. Burgers, hot dogs and greasy chicken pieces are a great fuel for our hero before next ordinary street robbery or a fight. One of the major fast food places in the GTA universe is Cluckin’ Bell, where you can enjoy fried chicken delicacies („Taste the cock!” – the reference is intentional). According to its advertising page, since 1982 chickens have been provided with the way to a happy place of eternal rest – the customers’ stomachs. In creation of this chicken sanctuary, the game developers have introduced plenty of humorous and fairly direct references to the disgraceful practices of real-life fast food chains (eg. advertising song presented in San Andreas).

In this post we took a closer look at the menu of Cluckin’ Bell from GTA IV. Our character can only buy the Fowl Burger, though the menu consists of 8 items, including snacks: BALLS & RINGS for the price of 4 bucks. The dish is presented as a set of two boxes, first with the balls (probably made of chicken), the second with onion rings. Probably this Cluckin’ Bell snack would be full of chemical fillers, but we used some clever kitchen tricks and the following recipe will allow you to obtain a very tasty dish. Thanks to the beer dough and the right temperature of frying, neither balls, nor rings will be full of fat. If you love fast food, this home version recipe is a great idea for a feast without remorse. As the Cluckin’ Bell workers say: „Enjoy-a-doodle-doo!”.

Grand Theft Auto
Deep-fried chicken balls and onion rings

TIME: 40 min
SERVING: 2 portions
LEVEL: medium
STATS: 982 kcal | 51 g protein | 80 g carbohydrates | 51 g fat
deep pan
tongs or chopsticks
paper kitchen towels


chicken breast – 300g
cheese (can be a mix of types) – 70g
garlic – 2 cloves
parsley (preferably dried) – 1 teaspoon
cornflakes – 100g
nutmeg – 1/2 teaspoon
chili flakes – 1/2 teaspoon
black pepper – 1/2 teaspoon
salt -1/2 teaspoons
large onion – 1 item (150g)
wheat flour – 4 tablespoons
light beer – 70 ml
bread crumbs – 4 tablespoons
cayenne pepper – a pinch
salt – a pinch




Get rid of any unwanted pieces from the chicken breast and finely chop it (or just grind) to get consistency of a minced meat. Then put into a bowl, add the spices, crushed garlic, dried parsley (or very finely chopped fresh one) and grated cheese. Mix all thoroughly.
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Crush corn flakes into small pieces (eg. by spreading them on the work surface and rolling them out through a clean cloth), so as to produce fine breadcrumbs.
Use the meat mix to form small balls of a diameter of approx. 3-4cm and carefully toss them in crushed flakes.
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3. FRYING BALLS (10 min)

Pour some rapeseed oil into a deep saucepan (so it at least cover the balls) and heat it up. To check if temperature is right, throw in a cube of bread (if it’s nicely fried after 1 minute, then you can start throwing chicken balls in). Do not put too many balls at once, because it might lower the temperature and oil will soak into the balls. Frying takes approx. 4 minutes and you should turn the balls a few times to evenly fry them on each side (because of cheese inside, balls can easily cling to the bottom at the beginning, so it’s good to mix them just 30 seconds after being thrown into the oil). Toss already fried balls on a sheet of paper kitchen towel, it will soak in the excess fat.
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1. FLOUR + SPICES + ONION (5 min)

Cut a large onion into thick slices and gently separate rings from each other with your fingers.
Mix the flour in a bowl with the spices, then toss each ring into it (this will allow for better handling of the dough). Set aside.
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Pour ice-cold beer (preferably a lager type) into a bowl with the flour and mix (the recipe needs only a bit of beer, so you know what to do with the rest in a bottle:D). The dough should have a thick consistency, about 2 times thicker than for pancakes (more like sour cream). Add the breadcrumbs to the second bowl. Dip rings in batter and then move them to the bread crumbs, battering them by shaking the bowl (so the dough does not fall from the rings).
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Move the battered rings cautiously with a fork into a saucepan with hot oil (the same principle as in the case of balls, see left). At the beginning rings will fall to the bottom, but soon they will float to the surface. They should fry for approx. 3 minutes to light-golden color (turn them over once during the process). Put fried rings on a sheet of paper kitchen towel to drain excess fat.
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Chicken balls and onion rings should be consumed immediately after frying, but thanks to proper batter they retain crispness even when reheated.
It is worth remembering that when ordering in Cluckin’ Bell employees can inform you about the possibility of finding feathers or bones in the meal. The fast food chain does not take any responsibility for any damage to health after consumption. Well, it’s time for Cluckin’ Bell!

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