Friday, 15 January 2010

Tahini-Herb Fried Chicken

I tried out this recipe by Mark Bittman a few nights ago. The recipe was simple and basic enough (thanks to Vincent for sending it to me) for me to whip up the evening I arrived in New York. It was a different take on fried chicken and I enjoyed the extra-crispy layer of skin from the tahini-breadcrumb mixture.

1 medium onion, roughly chopped

1 to 2 tablespoons mixed fresh herbs, like tarragon and sage

2 tablespoons tahini or peanut butter

1/4 cup olive oil, more for frying

Flour for dredging

6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs or 4 half-breasts

Chopped fresh parsley leaves for garnish

Lemon wedges for serving.

1. In a blender or the container of a food processor, combine onion, herbs and tahini. As you purée the mixture, slowly add just enough olive oil through the feed tube to make a thick, smooth paste; do not let it get too thin.

2. Put flour in a shallow bowl. Place chicken in another bowl. Rub puréed mixture over chicken, then dredge each piece in flour. Gently shake off any excess flour, coat again with paste and dredge once more in flour.

3. Heat 1/4 inch olive oil in a skillet; when it is hot, fry chicken for about 4 minutes each side, until well browned and cooked through; it will take longer if you use chicken with the bone in. Garnish with parsley and serve hot or warm, with lemon wedges.

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