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Crispy Fried Chicken Sandwiches
© Frances Janisch

Crispy Fried Chicken Sandwiches

  • TOTAL TIME: 30 MIN
  • SERVINGS: 4
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Although nearly all of the ingredients used at LuLu Petite come from California, executive chef John Hennigan says the idea for this chicken sandwich came from a small deli in New York City called Lenny's. Hennigan substitutes a creamy truffled artichoke tapenade for the mayonnaise used in the Lenny's version.

  1. 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  2. 1 large egg
  3. 2 tablespoons water
  4. 1 cup panko (Japanese bread crumbs) or coarse dry bread crumbs
  5. Four 4-ounce chicken cutlets, pounded 1/4 inch thick
  6. Salt and freshly ground pepper
  7. Vegetable oil
  8. 4 teaspoons honey, warmed in the microwave, for drizzling
  9. Eight 1/3-inch-thick slices ciabatta or other chewy country bread, lightly toasted
  10. 1/2 cup jarred artichoke tapenade, preferably with truffles
  11. 4 crisp romaine lettuce leaves
  12. 2 plum tomatoes, thinly sliced
  1. Spread the flour in a shallow bowl. In another shallow bowl, beat the egg with the water. Put the panko in a third shallow bowl. Season the chicken cutlets with salt and pepper, then dredge them in the flour, shaking off any excess. Dip the cutlets in the egg, letting any excess drip off, then coat with the panko.
  2. In a very large skillet, heat 1/4 inch of vegetable oil until shimmering. Add the cutlets and fry over high heat until golden brown and cooked through, about 2 1/2 minutes per side. Drain the fried chicken cutlets on paper towels.
  3. Lightly drizzle the honey on 4 of the toast slices. Spread 2 tablespoons of the tapenade on each of the remaining 4 slices. Set a lettuce leaf on the tapenade and top with the cutlets and tomatoes. Close the sandwiches, cut in half and serve.

Suggested Pairing

Minerally, juicy Viognier.