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Canned fried onions as breading

The other day on one of his cooking shows, Jacques Pepin used canned french-fried onions that were crushed in a processor instead of bread crumbs when pan-frying a piece of fish. This should be excellent for chicken and pork chops too. Neat idea - I'm guessing that the fact that he thought of using the canned onions means that the estimable M. Pepin has eaten the much-maligned green bean casserole!

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  1. I do this sometimes, but I use half cornflake crumbs and half french fried onions. It comes out really good.. not too strong.

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    1. re: cheesecake17

      How are the french fried onion crumbs adhered to the chicken? Just wondering what 'glue' is used? Thanks!

      1. re: Val

        I usually use a beaten egg or egg whites with a squeeze of dijon mustard. But if I'm only using cornflake crumbs, the breading is 'glued' egg with a little dijon and a little sugar free apricot jam.

        1. re: cheesecake17

          Can you use egg beaters to glue?

          If I'm eating eggs for the sake of eggs (e.g. huevos ranchero), then I want real eggs, but if I could cut out some of the fat/calories on the few things I fry, that'd be nice...

          1. re: nickblesch

            You prob could. I sometimes use eggwhites. I don't fry though, I bake it.

    2. Thanks for posting this. I thought I had seen every single one of his shows, but must have missed this. This sounds a little bizarre, but if JP did it, I am pretty sure it will be great. I wonder if you can find those cans of fried onions in the 'off season' though

      1. I've seen ads for French's canned fried onions that have a recipe for chicken coated with the crushed onions. As far as I know the French's onions are readily available in supermarkets year round.

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        1. re: Bzdhkap

          Sacre bleu - I just realized: FRENCH'S !!!!! Makes perfect sense now! ;-D

        2. heading into OT-land, but some cooking mag i was looking at recently used corn chips as a breading for a chicken sandwich. I guess if it's bread-like somehow, it might be worth trying out.

          poptart-breaded-chicken sandwich, here i come!

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          1. There's a recipe on the back of the can. The jist is:

            Crush the fried onions, dip your smallish boneless chicken breasts in egg wash, then the fried onions. Bake at 400 for 20 minutes. My family really likes this for dinner.