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Frying Free Fried Chicken Strips

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Fried Chicken Strips

The Scenario:

Do you know the one thing that I would love to have in my kitchen more than anything else? A deep-fat fryer. There are so many really cool things that you can make with a quick flash in the deep fat fryer.

Do you know the one thing that I will never have in my kitchen? A deep-fat fryer. No matter what you do, how thoroughly you clean or how careful you are; your whole house still ends up coated in grease. I don’t really want to swap every material in my house for something grease resistant and wipe clean so I just have to live without making deep fried broccoli fritters and perfect tempura.

Of course, there is one thing that I can’t do without. Fried Chicken. I’ve got about a half dozen recipes for fried chicken done in just as many different ways but if you want something simple and tasty with the absolute minimum chance of ending up covered in burn scars I’ve only got the one: Frying Free Fried Chicken Strips.

What You Need:

An oven

A baking tray

Two bowls

A plate

A sharp knife and chopping board

Ingredients To Serve 4 People:

4 breasts of chicken

2 eggs

A splash of Milk

A little bowl of plain Flour

A pack of Golden Breadcrumbs (Ready made Panko ones or something similar)

Cajun spice mix

Spray on oil

Optional extras:

This usually goes down well with a side of fries.

As far as dips for your chicken fingers go, mixing mayonnaise with a few dashes of hot sauce gives you a nice mild accompaniment.

How To Do It:

1. Preheat your oven to Gas Mark 6/400 Degrees Fahrenheit

2. Slice up your chicken into strips about the length of your finger and the thickness of 2.

3. Mix a teaspoon of Cajun spices into some plain flour in a bowl and throw your chicken into it a bit at a time.

4. Whisk up your two eggs in another bowl with a splash of water and a splash of milk.

5. Dip your floury chicken into the egg mix so that it gets covered.

6. Spread your breadcrumbs out on a plate.

7. Roll your eggy chicken on the breadcrumbs until they are covered.

8. Spray your baking tray with your oil spray thing. Just two squirts should do it.

9. Lay out your breadcrumbed chicken on the tray and give it another couple of sprays of oil to cover the top.

10. Bang it in the oven for 25 minutes.

If you want to get really fancy you can turn this fried chicken into sticky buffalo strips with one extra step and a few optional ingredients:

Pour some Franks Red Hot Sauce into a little pot, add in two tablespoons of brown sugar and heat the whole thing up until the sugar melts. Throw all of your chicken into that pot as it comes out of the oven and then toss them out onto a plate in the middle of the table to provoke some serious arguments. Ranch dressing goes perfectly with this.

G D Penman writes books. He lives in Scotland with his partner and children, some of whom are human. In those few precious moments that he isn’t parenting or writing he likes to watch cartoons, play video games, read more books than are entirely feasible and continues on his quest to eat the flesh of every living species. He has worked in just about every job you can have in a restaurant and now he is here to yell at you for using a microwave when there is a perfectly good oven right there.

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