Chicken Nuggets with
by Chef Wayne Nish
Yield: 4 bento* servings
- 1 quart peanut or canola oil
- 1 seedless cucumber
- 1/4 teaspoon Vietnamese chili paste
(or Tabasco or other hot sauce)
- 3 Tablespoons champagne or white
- 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken
breast or thigh
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 cup dried bread crumbs, preferably
panko (a Japanese variety)
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Heat the oil to 350°F in a heavy
Cut the cucumber in quarters lengthwise,
then cut into 1/4-inch slices on an angle. In a bowl,
toss the cucumber slices with the chili paste, vinegar
and salt and pepper to taste and set aside.
Cut the chicken into 1-inch cubes
and season with salt and pepper. Dredge the chicken
cubes in the flour, dip them in the beaten egg, and
roll in the breadcrumbs to coat evenly. Fry the chicken
pieces in 2 batches in the hot oil for approximately
3 minutes for breast meat or 5 minutes for thigh meat,
until the crust is golden brown. Lift the chicken from
the oil and drain immediately on paper towels.
We chose a deep plate that contrasts
with the texture of the pickles. Mound the cucumber
slices tightly in the center of the plate and prop the
chicken nuggets up against them.
*The black lacquered shokado bento
box, covered with a lid and separated into four square
compartments, is a common sight at dinner and party
tables in Japan. It's also appearing with increasing
frequency in American kitchens as an artful way to present
The following suggestions are brew pairings from our
- Harpoon IPA - let the flavors
fight it out!
- Deschutes Bachelor E.S.B.
- Copious amounts of hops help cleanse the palate
and cools the spice from foods, causing you to crave
more of what you just had.
- Saranac Pale Ale - For your heavier
and spicier foods I would like to suggest our Pale
Ale. The well-balanced bittersweet qualities of our
Pale Ale hold up well against the strong flavors of
- Dominion Tuppers' Hop Pocket Pils
- As the spiciness goes up, I would switch to the
'bready' malty body and assertive, earthy hop character
of our Pils.
- Dominion Tuppers' Hop Pocket Ale
- If you decide to go even hotter with this dish,
this Ale's big caramel, malty body and aggressive
citrus hop bitterness can match the heat.