4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/2 cup milk
1-1/2 cups flour
1 cup panko bread crumbs
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1 teaspoon dried parsley
canola oil, for deep-frying
Cut chicken breasts into pieces that are roughly 1″ in size.
In a small bowl, whisk together eggs and milk. In a medium bowl, combine flour, panko crumbs, and all spices. Mix until well combined.
Begin by dipping the chicken pieces into the egg mixture and then transfer the chicken from the egg mixture to the flour mixture and toss until completely coated with seasoned flour. Remove the chicken from the flour mixture and set on a baking sheet or plate and continue until all the chicken pieces are coated.
Pour oil into a medium-sized, high sided pot. For safety sake, you do not want your oil to be more than 2″ deep, and definitely not more than halfway up the side of the pot. Heat oil to 375 degrees. A candy thermometer comes in handy here, but if you don’t have one, heat the oil on medium-high heat for about 5 – 7 minutes. Test your oil temperature with one of the chicken pieces. If it browns too quickly, turn the heat down to medium and wait a minute or two to start frying.
Carefully drop the chicken pieces, 8 to 12 pieces at a time, into the hot oil and fry for 3 to 4 minutes until browned and cooked through. Use a slotted spoon to remove the chicken pieces from the hot oil and place the chicken on a paper towel to drain slightly before serving.
You can easily double or triple this recipe and freeze some for those crazy, busy weeknights when you only have 20 minutes to put dinner on the table.
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