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Scampi-Style Chicken

RECENTLY A FRIEND of mine, knowing that I worked in the test kitchen, asked if I had ever had chicken scampi from Olive Garden. He grew up eating this dish and said he still craves it to this day. But wait—“chicken scampi”? means “langoustine” in Italian, and there are no langoustines anywhere near this dish. Rather, my friend described fried chicken tenders served in the style of shrimp scampi, the classic lemony, garlicky, saucy dish often found on Italian American menus.

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