Here's a fun way to serve oven-fried chicken for a picnic: put it on a stick. It's fabulous served with this homemade Vidalia onion and honey-mustard sauce, but it's also great with barbecue sauce or Frank's hot sauce. This is an easy recipe to double if you're serving a crowd. Source: EatingWell Magazine, July/August 2011

Virginia Willis
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Ingredients

Chicken
Honey Mustard-Vidalia Dipping Sauce

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • To make chicken: Combine kosher salt, 1 teaspoon paprika and 1/2 teaspoon each onion powder and garlic powder in a large bowl. Add buttermilk and whisk until the salt is completely dissolved and the spices are dispersed in the liquid.

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  • Cut chicken lengthwise into about 1-inch-wide strips. Add to the marinade and let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. (Do not marinate any longer and don't refrigerate, or the chicken will be too salty.)

  • Combine breadcrumbs, the remaining 1 teaspoon paprika and 1/2 teaspoon each onion powder and garlic powder in a large shallow dish (a 9-by-13-inch baking dish works well). Add 2 tablespoons oil and toss well to coat. Whisk egg whites and mustard in a second large shallow dish. Season both mixtures with pepper.

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil, then set a large wire rack on it. Coat the rack with cooking spray.

  • Remove the chicken from the marinade, shaking off any excess, and thread onto six 12-inch bamboo skewers, dividing evenly. Dip the chicken into the egg mixture, coating both sides. Place in the breadcrumb mixture one at a time, sprinkle with crumbs to cover and press so the coating adheres to both sides. Gently shake off any excess crumbs and place the skewers on the prepared rack.

  • Bake the chicken, turning halfway through, until golden brown and the juices run clear, about 25 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, prepare the dipping sauce: Place onion in a food processor fitted with a metal blade and process until smooth, stopping to scrape down the sides as needed. Add vinegar, honey, mustard, salt and pepper; process until smooth. With the motor running, add oil through the feed tube in a slow, steady stream until the mixture is thick and well combined. Taste and adjust seasoning with more honey, salt and/or pepper, if desired.

  • Serve the chicken with the dipping sauce.

Tips

Make Ahead Tip: Prepare the chicken up to 4 hours ahead and refrigerate; serve cold. Cover and refrigerate the sauce for up to 3 days. Serve at room temperature.

Equipment: 6 (12-inch) bamboo skewers

Tip: To make your own dry breadcrumbs, trim crusts from whole-wheat bread. Tear bread into pieces and process in a food processor until coarse crumbs form. Spread breadcrumbs on a baking sheet and bake at 250°F until dry, about 10 to 15 minutes. One slice of bread makes about 1/3 cup dry breadcrumbs. For store-bought coarse dry breadcrumbs we like Ian's brand, labeled “Panko breadcrumbs.” Find them at well-stocked supermarkets.

Nutrition Facts

351 calories; 18 g total fat; 1.9 g saturated fat; 63 mg cholesterol; 314 mg sodium. 255 mg potassium; 19.7 g carbohydrates; 2.4 g fiber; 5 g sugar; 27.5 g protein; 192 IU vitamin a iu; 1 mg vitamin c; 8 mcg folate; 26 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 26 mg magnesium; 3 g added sugar;

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Rating: 3 stars
01/05/2014
Is there a subsitute for the buttermilk? Can I use lowfat or fat-free milk or bottled light blue- cheese salad dressing in place of the buttermilk? I just don't buy/use/like it. Pros: Sounds great but I never use buttermilk Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Juicy and delicious Use this for a fun casual dinner with family and omit the step of skewering the meat. I adjusted the recipe to use one one package of Costco chicken breasts. The package contains 2 breasts and made four servings. I served the strips with lowfat spicy marinara for dipping. the meal was complete with an assortment of fresh vegetables and low fat creamy dip. Pros: Tender meat with a crisp crust; works without the stick Cons: Multiple steps Read More