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Citrusy Chicken Tenders
© Martin Morrell

Citrusy Chicken Tenders

  • ACTIVE: 30 MIN
  • TOTAL TIME: 2 HRS 30 MIN
  • SERVINGS: 4

In these chicken fingers for grown-ups, thin strips of chicken are marinated in ale and citrus juices, then fried until golden-crisp.

  1. 1 large egg
  2. 1 cup white ale, such as Baladin Isaac
  3. 2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest
  4. 2 teaspoons finely grated lime zest
  5. 2 teaspoons finely grated orange zest
  6. 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
  7. 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  8. 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  9. 1 teaspoon finely chopped thyme
  10. Kosher salt
  11. Freshly ground pepper
  12. 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, cut into 1/2-inch strips
  13. 1 1/2 cups plain dry bread crumbs
  14. Canola or vegetable oil, for frying
  15. Warm marinara sauce, for serving
  1. In a bowl, whisk the egg, ale, citrus zests and juices and thyme. Season with a generous pinch of salt and pepper. Add the chicken, cover and refrigerate for 2 to 4 hours.
  2. Line a baking sheet with a rack. Put the bread crumbs in a shallow dish. Working with one strip at a time, remove the chicken from the marinade, dredge it in the bread crumbs and transfer to the rack.
  3. In a large, deep skillet, heat 1 inch of oil to 350°. Working in batches, fry the chicken until golden and cooked through, 5 minutes. Drain on paper towels and sprinkle with salt. Serve with warm marinara sauce.

Suggested Pairing

The Baladin Isaac used here is flavored with citrus and coriander. As an alternative, try a Belgian white ale like Hoegaarden.