Look what I made last night — chicken nuggets that tasted JUST like the kind you get for Chinese takeout with Sweet & Sour sauce. I fried them in lard and used a breading I found on Families.com. YUMMO.
Here’s what I did:
I heated my trusty iron skillet and melted about an inch of lard. Then I cut up 2 large chicken breasts into 1-inch pieces.
For the breading I did exactly as they directed — I mixed a cup of flour, ¼ tsp salt, ½ tsp paprika, ¼ tsp pepper, and ½ tsp baking soda in a glass pie plate. Then I added ½ cup of water and 1TBSP vinegar. It was really pasty so I added another ¼ cup water.
I dredged the chicken in the breading and used tongs to place them in the hot oil. When they were browned on the first side, I carefully flipped them over to cook on the other side. Sure, my kitchen is covered with grease from floor to ceiling, but it was worth it. (But now I’m putting one of those fancy deep fryers on my Christmas list.)
I just need to learn to make Sweet & Sour sauce and we’ll be all set. We just ate them with ketchup because we’re classy like that.
P.S. I hear that chicken is also good fried in beef tallow, but I haven’t bought that yet.