Inspired by Beyonce

Lemonade Chicken and Single Rings

Inspired by Beyonce's album "Lemonade" and her song "Single Ladies", you'll want to put a ring on this recipe to cook soon!
Servings

Servings:

2
Ready in

Ready In:

8 hours 30 mins
Mealtime

Good For:

Dinner
Lemonade Chicken and Single Rings

This meal is inspired by the American singer-songwriter Beyoncé Knowles. Whilst I only like her songs, the inspiration suggestion came from a friend (although he suggested something else). I’ve always known him to be a die-hard fan so in honour of that fanatic, I crafted a recipe inspired by his queen.

In April 2016, Beyoncé released an album called Lemonade. I hoped to incorporate Lemonade as an ingredient into this dish and ended up using it as a marinade for the chicken, enhancing the flavour of the lemon throughout the meat. I felt that wasn’t enough so I added some Onion Rings to the side inspired by her 2008 song, Single Ladies, “‘Cause if you like it, then you shoulda put a ring on it”! (I ended up putting plenty of rings on it!)

Ingredients

1 can Lemonade
1 tsp Oregano (dried)
3 tbsp Olive Oil
2 cloves Garlic (crushed)
1 tsp Salt
0.25 tsp Pepper
2 Chicken Breasts
1 Lemon (sliced)

For the Onion Rings:
Vegetable Oil
2 Onions (sliced into rounds)
250ml Milk
100g Plain Flour
Salt
Pepper

For this recipe you will need to deep fat fry the onion. *If you have gas hobs, I urge you not to deep fat fry on them as the oil will spit when you heat it up.* For recipes like this, I have a separate electric hob to stop fire from starting. If you have a separate machine, use this instead. Or cook up some frozen prepared onion rings in the oven. *Always take great care around a pan of hot oil and never leave it unattended for a second.* Better to be safe than sorry!

I also use a wire strainer for dipping the rings into the saucepan. This stops splash-back, doesn’t bring out extra oil when removing, and allows me to slowly add the onion rings to the oil. You should fry the rings in small batches to stop them from sticking to each other. Allow for the oil to come back up to the cooking temperature before frying the rest of the onion rings. You can check the oil is hot enough (if you do not have a handy thermometer) by dropping a breadcrumb into the oil and seeing if it burns brown within 30 seconds.

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1
Marinade Chicken. In a bowl mix the lemonade, oregano, oil, salt and pepper. Make small slices into the chicken about 0.5cm down. Add the chicken to the marinade bowl, cover and marinade in the fridge for 8 hours or overnight.
Step 2
Preheat oven to 180ºC. Drain chicken and discard the marinade. Place the chicken on a baking sheet and bake for 25 minutes. Place lemon slices on chicken for the final 10 minutes of cooking.
Step 3
Whilst the chicken is cooking, take a large saucepan and fill a third of it with vegetable oil. Heat the oil to 180ºC. *Always take care when around hot oil. Do not leave unattended. Do not heat on or around gas hobs* Pull apart the onion slices to make rings and add to a bowl. Add the milk to the bowl. Put the flour on a plate and season with salt and pepper. Remove the rings from the milk and toss them in the flour until coated.
Step 4
Line a place with kitchen tissue roll. Slowly drop the onion rings into the hot oil, not too many as they will stick together and won't crisp properly. Fry the onions for a couple of minutes, until they're golden brown and crisp, then remove with a slotted spoon and put them on the prepared plate. Allow the oil to come back up to temperature before frying the rest of the onion rings in batches. Sprinkle them with sea salt once done and serve them with the cooked chicken. Optionally serve with a side salad.

Beyoncé Lemonade Chicken & Single Rings

Inspired by Beyoncé's album "Lemonade" and her song "Single Ladies", you'll want to put a ring on this recipe to cook soon!
Cook Time 30 mins
Marinade Time 8 hrs
Total Time 8 hrs 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine French
Servings 2 people

Equipment

  • Frying pan
  • Baking Tray
  • Saucepan
  • Thermometer
  • Electric Hob
  • Wire Strainer

Ingredients
  

  • 1 can Lemonade
  • 1 tsp Oregano dried
  • 3 tbsp Olive oil
  • 2 cloves Garlic crushed
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 0.25 tsp Pepper
  • 2 Chicken Breasts
  • 1 Lemon sliced

For the Onion Rings

  • Vegetable oil
  • 2 Onions sliced into rounds
  • 250 ml Milk
  • 100 g Plain Flour
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Instructions
 

  • Marinade Chicken. In a bowl mix the lemonade, oregano, oil, salt and pepper. Make small slices into the chicken about 0.5cm down. Add the chicken to the marinade bowl, cover and marinade in the fridge for 8 hours or overnight.
  • Preheat oven to 180ºC. Drain chicken and discard the marinade. Place the chicken on a baking sheet and bake for 25 minutes. Place lemon slices on chicken for the final 10 minutes of cooking.
  • Whilst the chicken is cooking, take a large saucepan and fill a third of it with vegetable oil. Heat the oil to 180ºC. *Always take care when around hot oil. Do not leave unattended. Do not heat on or around gas hobs*
  • Pull apart the onion slices to make rings and add to a bowl. Add the milk to the bowl. Put the flour on a plate and season with salt and pepper. Remove the rings from the milk and toss them in the flour until coated.
  • Line a place with kitchen tissue roll. Slowly drop the onion rings into the hot oil, not too many as they will stick together and won't crisp properly. Fry the onions for a couple of minutes, until they're golden brown and crisp, then remove with a slotted spoon and put them on the prepared plate.
  • Allow the oil to come back up to temperature before frying the rest of the onion rings in batches. Sprinkle them with sea salt once done and serve them with the cooked chicken. Optionally serve with a side salad.
Keyword Beyoncé

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