Friday, October 15, 2004

For debate party viewing food, I made chicken fingers from The Quick Recipe. Homemade chicken fingers! And y'all, these were like the platonic ideal of chicken fingers. If you've ever had a chicken finger and liked it, you should make these- you'll never be tempted by a fast food chicken finger again.

Chicken Fingers For Two

Set up first. Place about a cup of flour in a shallow dish (like a casserole or gratin dish). In a bowl, whisk together two eggs, 1 tbsp oil, some salt and pepper, and some Tony Chachere's. (The Dorky Yankees obviously don't use Tony's, but I recommend it.) In another shallow dish, spread out about 1 1/2- 2 cups panko.

Then take two chicken breasts. Slice off the tenderloin (this makes a perfect finger) and then slice the breasts diagonally into finger-sized slices.

Heat 1 cup vegetable oil in a 12 inch skillet- you want to heat it to 350 degrees, or until a piece of bread dropped into it browns instantly.

While you're heating, working in batches, dredge the chicken fingers in the flour. Then use tongs to roll them around in the egg bowl. Then use tongs again (and the tongs are important! If your fingers get all sticky and crumby and gnarly, you'll make much uglier fingers-) to move them to the panko dish. Press the panko crumbs into them and rest them on a wire rack (smart people will put something- paper towels, a cutting board, a cookie sheet- under that wire rack to make cleanup easier) while you bread the next batch.

Once all your chicken fingers are breaded and your oil is hot, just put the fingers in the oil. Fry about 2 minutes and then use tongs to flip over. Fry for another two minutes and set on paper towels to drain.

While they are draining, you can totally whisk together 2 tbsp honey and 3 tbsp dijon mustard for a quick dipping sauce. I like a little more honey in mine and some more Tony Chachere's..

That whole procedure should take you about 15 minutes and is ideal debate (or game, or movie) watching fare for you and yours. The breading is a perfect coating around tender chicken... So, so good.