DUO-DIPPABLE WITH HONEY SRIRACHA MAYO
If you’re a fan of chicken fingers, you may be reminded of childhood dinners at the museum, Disney World picnics, and neighborhood cafes.
Chicken fingers were a common request from my friends while we were at the town pool snack bar or perusing the kids’ menus at most restaurants prior to the girls’ requests for “the big menu.” They had never heard of chicken fingers until they arrived in the United States, and I don’t recall seeing them in my childhood either.
In any case, the concept of my friends ordering chicken fingers with honey mustard at the diner in New Jersey sparked some thoughts.
With a honey Sriracha sauce dipping sauce, we can make our own. Why not make some crispy tofu fries for the vegetarians among us, as we just cooked some amazing Crispy Tofu Tacos a short time ago?
Thus was born this pair of dippable. It’s time to go for two for one!
FOR THE COATING:
- 3/4 cup of bread crumbs or panko
- 1/2 cup of fine cornmeal
- 1 tsp. of salt
- 1/2 tsp. of garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp. of pepper
- 1 tsp. of paprika
FOR THE DIPPING SAUCE:
- 1 tbsp. of finely chopped scallion
- 1/2 clove of garlic (minced)
- 1 tsp. of honey
- 1 tsp. of Sriracha
- 3 tbsp. of mayonnaise
- 1 tsp. of lime juice
YOU’LL ALSO NEED:
- 1 package of firm tofu
- 2 chicken breasts
- 1 tbsp. of Sriracha
- 3 tbsp. of honey
- 1/4 cup of oil
- Put all the coating ingredients in a small bowl and mix them. In a small bowl, mix the dipping sauce ingredients. Remove from consideration.
- The excess liquid can be drained off the tofu by taking it out of the package, draining it, and letting it sit on paper towels for about 15 minutes. The tofu should be cut into long rectangles when it’s done being prepared. Tenderize the breasts of chicken.
- Dip the tofu fries in the Sriracha honey sauce and coat them with breadcrumbs once dipped in the mixture. To get the coating to stick, you may need to exert some force. Continue coating the fries in the same manner until they are all covered. Mix up some honey and Sriracha if you’re running low on honey and honey for the chicken fingers.
- Use an oven at 375 degrees and bake until crisp, sprinkling with olive oil along the way. This is another option for cooking them. The crispier and more flavorful they came out when we shallow-fried them in a thin coating of oil instead of deep-frying them. After cooking the tofu, drain it on a paper towel-lined platter to remove any extra oil. The chicken should be prepared in the same way. If the coating appears to be drying out, you may need to add a bit more oil. Serve with your preferred dipping sauce.