30 minutes start to finish
For the Sauce:
5 gloves garlic
1 ½ -inch piece peeled ginger
1/3 cup less-sodium soy sauce
2 teaspoons sugar
1 tablespoon Gouchujang paste or Sriracha sauce, or to taste
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
1 tablespoon lemon juice
For the Chicken:
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup rice flour (or an additional 1/3 cup all-purpose flour)
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3 to 4 tablespoons vegetable or canola oil, as needed
2 pounds chicken tenders
Hot cooked rice to serve
In a blender or a food processor, finely mince the garlic and ginger. Add the soy sauce, sugar, Gochujang or Sriracha, rice vinegar and sesame oil, and puree. Heat the sauce in a small pot over medium heat for about 5 minutes until slightly thickened. Stir in the lemon juice and set aside.
In a shallow bowl, mix together the all-purpose flour, rice flour, salt and pepper. Line a plate with paper towels.
Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Dredge the chicken tenders in the seasoned flour mixture in batches, and cook them for about 3 minutes on each side, until golden brown and cooked through. Make sure they have space between them in the pan so that they brown nicely. Transfer them to the paper towel-lined plate when they are cooked, and repeat until all of the chicken is cooked.
Transfer the chicken to a platter and use a spoon to sprinkle some or all of the thick sauce over it, or pass the sauce on the side for dipping.
Pass the rice and any remaining sauce.
Nutrition information per serving: 340 calories; 118 calories from fat; 13 g fat (2 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 110 mg cholesterol; 868 mg sodium; 16 g carbohydrate; 1 g fiber; 2 g sugar; 37 g protein.
Katie Workman, Associated Press