10kosher dill pickle spearsdrained, cut as needed 1-inch thick as needed
¾cupbread crumbs(see note)
1pinchcayenne pepperto taste (optional)
Chipotle Dipping Sauce
1teaspoonchipotle pepperfrom a can of chipotles in adobo, minced (or more if desired)
½teaspoonadobo saucefrom a can of chipotles in adobo
The Chipotle Dipping Sauce
Mince the chipotle pepper up with a knife and combine all of the ingredients of the chipotle dipping sauce in a small bowl with a whisk. Place it inside the refrigerator until ready to use. (See note about sauce consistency)
Remove the pickles from the jar. Blot off the excess juice with paper towels. Cut any pickle spears in half lengthwise that are too thick and over about ½-inch thick. The spears should be uniform in size so that they will cook evenly.
Make A Breading Station
Create a breading station for the pickles. You need three deep plates or shallow bowls. Bowl or Plate #1: Combine the bread crumbs, garlic powder, onion powder, sweet paprika, and the cayenne pepper and dried dill (if using) together in a small bowl, until combined. Make sure the seasoning doesn't all fall to the bottom of the bowl.Bowl or Plate #2: Filled with the flour.Bowl or Plate #3: Filled with the beaten egg.
Bread the Dill Pickle Spears
First, dip one of the pickle spears into the flour. Flip it over a couple of times to coat well on all sides with a thin layer of flour. Now, dip the flour-coated pickle spear into the egg; coating all sides. Next, dip the flour and egg-coated pickle spear into the seasoned bread crumb mixture. Press the crumb mixture onto the pork chop with your hand to ensure it is coated well. Lay the breaded dill pickle spear onto the air-fryer rack or basket. Repeat this process for the rest of the pickle spears. Make sure the spears are spaced out equally and are not touching each other. Use a rack to make a second layer, if needed.
Air-Fry The Pickles
Air-fry the dill pickle spears at 400 degrees F until golden brown and crispy; about 8 to 10 minutes.
Dipping Sauce Consistency: We actually do not mind the little bits of chipotle pepper in the dipping sauce. However, for a smoother sauce, you can blend all of the dipping sauces in a blender or food processor, until smooth.The Pickle Spears: The spears should be uniform in size so that they will cook evenly. Sometimes some of the spears in a jar of pickles can be larger than others. You should have about (10) ½-inch dill pickle spears.Texture: For Extra-Crispy pickle spears use Panko bread crumbs. However, you could use plain bread crumbs if you like those better.
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