Almond-Sesame Fried Chicken

  • Active Time 55m
  • Total Time 12h 55m

4 servings

A brown-sugar marinade makes this sesame-coated chicken slightly sweet.


  • For Marinade:
  • 3/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon mashed chipotle chiles in adobo sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper

  • One 4-pound chicken, cut into 8 pieces
  • For Crust:
  • 1 1/2 cups blanched almonds (about 5 ounces)
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1 cup fine dry breadcrumbs
  • 1/3 cup sesame seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 4 large eggs

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup vegetable oil


FOR MARINADE: In a glass or ceramic baking dish, combine the lime juice, brown sugar, vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, chipotle and dry mustard and season with 3/4 teaspoon of salt and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper. Add the chicken pieces and turn to coat. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

FOR CRUMBS: In a food processor, pulse the almonds until finely ground. Transfer to a large paper bag and add 1 cup flour, breadcrumbs, sesame seeds and cayenne pepper; shake well. Put the remaining 1/2 cup of flour in a separate paper bag. In a shallow bowl, beat the eggs with 1 teaspoon salt.

Drain the chicken and pat dry. Working in batches, put the chicken pieces in the bag with the flour and shake. Dip the floured chicken in the beaten eggs and add to the bag with the almond crumb coating; shake to coat.

In each of 2 medium cast-iron skillets, melt 2 tablespoons butter in 1/2 cup oil. Add the chicken and cook over moderately low heat, turning once or twice, until golden brown and cooked through, about 40 minutes. Transfer to paper towels to drain. Serve hot.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Food and Wine. All rights reserved.

RecID 5770

nutrition information per serving

1290 calories; 76g total fat; 359mg cholesterol; 927mg sodium; 96g carbohydrates; 7g fiber; 61g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

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