Nigel slater’s summer herb recipes _ life and style _ the guardian

I grow herbs in scruffy terracotta pots on the kitchen steps, their rims chipped and pitted from years of use. Breaded chicken fingers recipe My garden soil is too damp and dense for such delicate souls as lavender, basil and thyme, who seem to prefer a light lunch to a rich dinner –the fine, well-drained soils of Provence or the Greek hillsides rather than my London clay. Chicken fingers in the oven In a pot, I can control the earth they grow in, adding more grit and light compost as necessary.

In high summer, many of the soft-stemmed herbs bolt. Best baked chicken fingers Coriander bursts into delicate flowers, a cluster of tiny umbels, like a white lace parasol.

Honey mustard chicken fingers Basil sends up a host of timid leaves and white buds. What to serve with chicken fingers Thyme becomes dry and coarse, and dill, clearly more used to cool Nordic air, is often bleached by the sun. Deep fry chicken fingers It is time to use them up.

This week I used generous handfuls of parsley – the flat-leaved variety – in a green pea soup; mint and dill were tossed with broad beans and sizzling bacon, and a goodly amount of basil found its way into a cool, white summer lunch of torn mozzarella and ripe peaches. Best chicken fingers restaurant I added a few clove-scented pinks as we were in the garden.

A glut of basil could well mean salsa verde but also a summer ice. How to make chicken fingers at home Blitz 25g basil with 225g sugar, then put it into a pan with 250ml water. How to make fried chicken fingers Bring to the boil then cool quickly in a bowl of ice. Easy homemade chicken fingers Process a further 25g of basil with 500ml of natural yogurt and the juice of a lemon, stir in the basil syrup then freeze in a plastic box. Oven baked chicken fingers recipe Stir occasionally as it freezes. Cooking chicken fingers Pea and parsley soup

The brilliant vibrancy of this soup appeals here, but you could soften its healthy green edges by stirring in 100ml of double cream at the end. How to fry chicken fingers Take care not to overfill the blender in case the hot soup overflows. How to make chicken fingers in the oven I only say this because I invariably do.

Melt the butter in a large, heavy-based pan. Homemade chicken fingers deep fried Chop the spring onions and stir them into the butter, letting them cook for 4 or 5 minutes over a moderate heat.

Chop one of the bunches of parsley, stalks and all, combine it with the spring onions and leave to cook for a minute or two till the colour has darkened. Pictures of chicken fingers Peel, dice and add the potato. Healthy homemade chicken fingers Add the peas and peeled garlic, and pour in the stock. Chicken fingers recept Bring to the boil, then lower the heat to a simmer and cook for 8-10 minutes.

Put a pan of water on to boil. Chicken fingers rezept Discard the stalks from the reserved parsley, add the leaves to the boiling water and leave for 2 minutes, then drain. Chicken fingers ingredients Stir the leaves into the soup, then remove from the heat and reduce to a smooth, green purée in a blender or food processor and serve.

Put the white wine vinegar in a small mixing bowl, then add the yogurt and the olive oil. 4 fingers chicken recipe Season with salt and black pepper, then beat gently with a fork or, better still, a small whisk, until the ingredients are combined and you have a creamy dressing. Are chicken fingers healthy Shred the basil leaves finely and fold in.

Halve the peaches, remove and discard the stone, then cut each half into 4 slices. Chicken strips recipe healthy Place the peaches with the cheese and its dressing. Baked chicken strips no breading Serve, if you wish, with a few more basil leaves or, should you happen to have them, petals. Baked chicken tenders no breadcrumbs Broad beans, mint, dill and bacon

Cook the broad beans in a deep pan of lightly salted boiling water. Homemade chicken fingers panko They should be tender in 4 or 5 minutes. How to make chicken tenders crispy Cool them under running water, popping the beans from their papery skins as you go.

Finely slice the spring onions and drop them in a mixing bowl. How to make chicken strips at home Chop enough dill to give you a couple of heaped tablespoons. Recipe for baked chicken fingers Pull a loose handful of mint leaves from their stalks and add them to the onions with the dill and white wine vinegar. Dipping sauces for chicken fingers Crumble in a little salt and some coarse black pepper, then stir in enough olive oil to make a slushy dressing. Crunchy chicken fingers recipe I find 80-90ml is enough.

Lay the bacon in a non-stick frying pan with the merest drop of oil and let it fry till the fat is golden, and verging on crisp. Restaurant style chicken fingers Fold the skinned broad beans into the herb dressing and divide between 2 plates. Baked breaded chicken fingers Put a couple of rashers of bacon on each, tipping any hot fat in the pan over the beans.