Sweet Tea Fried Chicken Bites

★★★★

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This was good. I am not a fan of frying food, not because I’m a health nut, I just find it tedious and painful. Dredging meat is also a chore, you end up with flour hand and everything is caked on under your fingernails. Blech! But this sounded good and I wanted to try it. I imagine this is made with seriously sweet tea. We barely put ½ a cup of sugar in our gallon of tea, and that’s how we like it. If I were to do it again, I would do it with “make-your-teeth-hurt” tea.

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs. chicken breasts, cubed
  • 4 cups sweet tea (we used our regular iced tea made with Red Rose)
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt (Himalayan Pink Sea Salt)
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour 
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 large eggs, whisked
  • 2 cups seasoned bread crumbs
  • 2 cups Crisco, for frying

Directions:

1. In a 1 gallon bag, dissolve 1 tablespoon kosher salt in 4 cups of sweet tea. Add chicken cubes and marinate in refrigerator for 2 hours.
2. Drain chicken bites. Prepare three bowls for breading: One with flour and a big pinch of salt and pepper, one with whisked eggs, and one with bread crumbs.
3. Working with a few chicken cubes at a time, toss them in the flour to coat, then transfer to egg, then finally coat with bread crumbs. Place breaded chicken bites on a clean plate while you do the others.
4. When all chicken cubes are breaded, heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. The oil should come about 1/2-inch up the skillet. (Alternatively, you can use a deep-fryer.)
5. When oil is hot (350ºF), add chicken in batches in a single layer in the pan. Let fry for about 3 minutes until nicely browned. Then flip all the bites with tongs and fry for another 3-4 minutes until cooked through.
6. Remove chicken bites and let drain over a wire rack or on a paper towel while you cook the others.

(Serves 4)

Source : www.tablespoon.com

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