Total time: 20 minutes, plus 1 hour standing | Serves 2 to 4
- 1 boneless, skinless chicken breast, about 1/2 pound
- Juice of 1 lemon
- Salt, pepper
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- Canola oil, for frying
Step 1Cut the chicken into 2-inch pieces. Marinate for 1 hour in the lemon juice and a little salt and pepper. Roll the pieces in flour, then in the beaten egg (prepare a soup plate of each, and the chicken pieces can all be in at the same time).
Step 2Heat 1 inch of oil in a heavy pot to 350 degrees. Deep-fry the chicken until golden, about 3 minutes. If the oil is too hot, the batter will burn before the chicken is done. If you want to make a large quantity, you may reheat the chicken in the oven.
Note: Variation: The Tunisian "Livornese" version -- poulet en beignets -- is a chicken cut in small pieces marinated 1 hour in a mixture of 3 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil, the juice of 1 lemon, 2 crushed garlic cloves, 3 tablespoons finely chopped Italian parsley, salt and pepper, then dipped in a batter made with 1/3 cup flour beaten with 1 egg and a little water -- just enough to obtain a light cream -- plus salt and pepper. Deep-fry about 3 minutes in oil heated to 350 degrees, and serve with lemon quarters.
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