Citrusy Chicken Tenders


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

Citrusy Chicken Tenders
Photo: © Martin Morrell
Active Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 30 mins


  • 1 large egg

  • 1 cup white ale, such as Baladin Isaac

  • 2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest

  • 2 teaspoons finely grated lime zest

  • 2 teaspoons finely grated orange zest

  • 1/4 cup fresh orange juice

  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped thyme

  • Kosher salt

  • Freshly ground pepper

  • 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, cut into 1/2-inch strips

  • 1 1/2 cups plain dry bread crumbs

  • Canola or vegetable oil, for frying

  • 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.

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