A spoonful of jarred pesto, curry powder or paste, crushed garlic or ginger, or a shot of Tabasco stirred into the buttermilk will add subtle flavour to your finished chicken. Panko is available at Asian markets and gourmet stores as well as some grocery stores.
8 skinless chicken pieces
1 cup (250 mL) buttermilk or runny plain yogourt
1 to 2 cups (250 to 500 mL) panko (Japanese bread crumbs), corn flake crumbs, dry bread crumbs, or finely crushed crackers
1/4 cup (60 mL) grated Parmesan cheese or ground pecans (optional)
Salt and pepper to taste
Pat chicken dry with paper towel; put pieces into bowl or plastic bag with buttermilk. Cover or seal and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or up to 24 hours.
Put panko into shallow dish. Add Parmesan cheese or ground pecans, if you like, and season with salt and pepper.
Pull chicken pieces out of buttermilk and let excess drip off; roll pieces in panko to coat. Place on rimmed baking sheet that has been lightly sprayed with canola oil. Cover and refrigerate for
1 hour. Preheat oven to 350 F.
Sprinkle any remaining crumbs over chicken pieces, or gently roll pieces in crumbs again. (If you like, lightly spray entire sheet of chicken pieces with canola oil; this will help them brown.) Bake for 45 minutes to an hour, until juices run clear. (Drumsticks tend to cook more quickly than thighs.) Serve immediately. Makes 4 servings.
Each serving contains:
295 calories; 30.7 g protein; 8.6 g total fat (3 g sat. fat, 0 g trans fat); 21.4 g carbohydrates; 1.2 g fibre
source: "Nutritious Crispy Chicken Meals", alive #320, June 2009
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“Germans do potatoes in general very well,” says Canadian expat Chris Gilles, who now lives in Munich and has celebrated many an Oktoberfest there. “Knödel seem kind of rubbery. You don’t really think it’s potato when you first see it, but it’s tasty.” But he might be surprised to find that this alive -inspired version of Bavarian potato dumplings is made with a combination of potato and cauliflower, because as anyone who’s eaten cauliflower gnocchi knows, the low-carb vegetable is a great way to lighten up starch-heavy foods (and Biergarten menus). Happy Knödelfest! The original version of these snacks are so popular that it even gets its own food fest: Knödelfest, which happens in September in Austria, about a 1 1/2-hour drive from Munich. If alive threw a Knödelfest, these dumplings would definitely be on the menu, served simply as snacks with sliced radishes and fresh parsley or dill, or topped with butter, beer gravy, or mushroom sauce. The dumpling test You can test one dumpling by shaping it and then boiling it before shaping the rest. If the water is lower than a boil and it still falls apart, add more starch to the batter before shaping another ball and testing again.
This dark beer-marinated chicken uses the convection setting on your oven to create a crispy skinned bird. Convection cooking circulates air around the meat, crisping it like rotisserie without needing a spit or a lot of oil, similar to an air fryer (which you can also use!). If you don’t have a convection setting on your oven, you can simply bake the chicken for longer at the same temperatures as below, until a meat thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the thigh reads 165 F (74 C). You can use any dark beer, but our pick is, obviously, something German. Oktoberfest barbecue You can also grill the whole chicken on a barbecue—which makes for an impressive presentation and a gorgeously crispy bird—but it’s best to spatchcock it first (take out the backbone) so it cooks more evenly and quickly. Make it fast! If you don’t want to make an entire chicken—or if you want your dinner to cook faster—use this marinade (without stuffing the chicken cavity) on chicken breasts, thighs, or iron-rich chicken livers instead.
At Oktoberfest celebrations in Munich, there are always people walking around selling large pretzels, says Canadian expat Chris Gilles, who moved to the city in 2018. The large pieces of golden, twisted pretzel dough come topped with coarse salt for a savoury crunch with every bite. “They don’t come with any dipping sauce,” Gilles says, “but you could dip it in sauce if you had ordered something else”—say, the honey mustard or stone-ground mustard you might have with your bratwurst or sauerkraut balls. But don’t feel bad if you prefer to break from German tradition and dip them in caramel or tahini instead! There’s no need to flour a surface when rolling out your dough; the psyllium keeps it from sticking.