The best beer batter isn't even made with beer! 

Almost all the crispy chicken fingers recipes you see feature a breaded coating, which is a little hard to understand when you think of your typical chicken fingers audience; kids and people who eat with kids. Maybe it's because these recipes are trying to mimic what's found in the freezer section at the grocery store, but whatever it is, the last thing a busy parent needs to do is set up a three-part breading station when they can whip this two-ingredient coating in seconds, If the kids are skeptical, just explain that this is much closer to what's found on their beloved nuggets.

But I'm sort of burying the lead here, as what this video really shows is that the world's best beer batter might not contain any beer. I knew that you could make these batters with any cold, bubbly liquid, but it didn't dawn on me to use sparkling apple cider until I saw Chef Nathan Outlaw explain how well it works in the show My Greatest Dishes. He wasn't lying.

This features the same light, crispy coating as beer batter, but with a tastier, more interesting flavor. By the way, I did chicken fingers because I've already posted a proper fish and chips, but this batter will work on pretty much anything destined for the deep fryer. So, no matter what you're craving, I really do hope you give this a try soon. Enjoy!

Get the recipe for Chef John's Crispy Cider-Battered Chicken Fingers.

Crispy Cider-Battered Chicken Fingers.
Credit: Chef John

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