Are You Chicken?
We used to have a problem. We used to be glued to Food Network. Glued. We may have even had a crush on Emeril Lagasse at one time. Seriously—a fluffy, charismatic Italian guy that can cook. Sexy. We were even all about The Next Food Network Star. And that’s when we learned of Guy Fieri and watched him win his season and become a mega food celebrity.
Dude just opened his Chicken Guy! Restaurant in Nashville. Over 500 people stopped by to see what the fuss was about. The restaurant is known for its:
“real-deal tenders pounded out to maximize crunchy texture and flavor, paired with an array of tantalizing sauces. They are brined in a mixture of fresh lemon juice, pickle brine, and buttermilk and infused with a proprietary blend of herbs and spices, giving Chicken Guy! tenders their unique texture and flavor. Sourced from chicken that is all-natural, antibiotic-free, never frozen, hand-pounded, and breaded fresh every day.”
While some of you men folk know about pounding things every day, Guy apparently is the chicken tender expert.
So, let’s try one of Mr. Fieri’s bock bock dishes.
Guy Fieri’s Crispy Chicken Tenders
5-6 lemons, cut in half
2½ quarts cold water
3/4 cup kosher salt
3/4 cup sugar, granulated
1 bay leaf
1 head garlic, cloves peeled and separated
1½ teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
1¼ gallons ice water
1¼ cups buttermilk
2/3 cup pickle juice
8 chicken tenders
5½ cups all-purpose flour
1 cup corn starch
3 tablespoons granulated garlic
3 tablespoons onion powder
2 tablespoons paprika
2 tablespoons freshly ground black pepper
1 cup water
3 cups panko breadcrumbs
1 cups corn starch
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon oregano, dry
1 tablespoon granulated garlic
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon paprika
1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoon kosher salt
For the brine:
Place the lemons into a large sauce pot with the cold water, salt, sugar, bay leaf, garlic and pepper. Bring the mixture to a boil and cook for 5 minutes while stirring to dissolve the salt and sugar. Strain the brine with a fine mesh strainer. Reserve the liquid and discard the solids. Add the ice water to the strained brine and stir to dissolve. Once the brine is cooled, add the buttermilk and pickle juice. Whisk to combine. Add the tenders and allow to soak for a maximum of 2 hours.
For the seasoned flour:
Sift all of the ingredients through a mesh screen into a mixing bowl to ensure there are no lumps. Whisk all ingredients together.
For the chicken tender breading:
Sift the flour and cornstarch together into a mixing bowl to ensure there aren't any lumps. Combine the remaining ingredients and whisk together. Mix well to incorporate.
For the egg wash:
Whisk the eggs and water in a bowl until fully blended.
Set up a breading station with seasoned flour, egg wash and breading each in a separate bowl. Using the three stage breading method, toss the tenders gently in the flour until well coated. Shake off the excess flour and then drop each tender into the liquid egg wash. Remove tenders from the liquid eggs, allow the excess to drip off and transfer chicken to the chicken breading. Cover the tenders in the breading thoroughly, then firmly press the tender flat with your palm to about a 1/4-inch thickness. Flip and press again as needed to make thickness and breading even.
Spray the tenders with cooking or pan spray lightly and place in the air fryer. Cook for 10-12 minutes at 350°F an air fryer. Remove from the air fryer and serve.
Crack Wisedom: Get somebody to make this for you. It’ll be a test of their love, friendship, patience…
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