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Chicken Fingers and Calamari Recipe

Chicken Fingers and Calamari Recipe

Chicken Fingers and Buttermilk Calamari

For Chicken Fingers:

Peanut oil, for frying
2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 eggs
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 cups panko bread crumbs
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon lemon-pepper
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper

1. Preheat oil to 350°F (180°C)

2. Cut the chicken breasts into long strips and set aside.

3. Beat the 2 eggs in a separate bowl and measure the flour into another separate dish.

4. Measure the panko into a pie plate or shallow bowl and season with garlic powder, lemon-pepper, cayenne, salt and pepper.

5. Dip the chicken strips into the flour, the beaten egg and then dredge them into the seasoned panko.

6. Fry in the hot peanut oil for 6 to 8 minutes, until golden brown, and remove to a paper towel lined sheet tray. Serve with honey mustard sauce.

For Buttermilk Calamari: 

Substitute for Buttermilk: use milk and add 1 teaspoon of lemon juice or vinegar per cup of milkand let it curdle for 5 minutes before use. Or if not, you may also substitute plain yogurt. 

1 cup Buttermilk
1/2 cup flour
1/4 cup Self-raising flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
2 tsp paprika
1/4 Teaspoon Medium Curry Powder
2 tsp thyme (optional)
500g calamari
Canola oil, to fry

Garlic Parsley Mayonnaise Dip:
½ Cup Mayonnaise
1/3 Cup (80ml) Cream
Juice of ½ lemon
2 tsp minced garlic
Chopped parsley

1. Pour buttermilk into a bowl with the calamari, set aside for 15 minutes. This will help tenderize the calamari.

2. Pour a bottle of canola oil into a deep, heavy based pot and heat it up, until its hot.

3. Sift all the dry ingredients into a large bowl. Drain the calamari and coat in the flour mixture, immediately fry in batches for 45 seconds to a minute or until golden in colour.

4. Using a slotted spoon carefully remove the calamari from the oil and drain on kitchen paper.

Method – Mayonnaise Dip:

1. Mix all the mayonnaise ingredients together in a bowl and serve with calamari and a wedge of lemon.


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