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Today I am excited to share one of my favorite recipes! How I make deep fried chicken tenders. I don’t deep fry often – but when I do, this is the first thing I am making and I’ve perfected it over the years.
The crunchier the better in my book! If you have kids that order fried chicken tenders (or I still do as an adult!) – surprise them with this homemade version.
Using a cast iron skillet or a large skillet that has a high side is all you need to make these. The oil I use most is Canola oil to fry – adding about 2-3 inches of oil and heating it up before frying.
The trick is to not over crowd the pan – you definitely will cook these in batches.
With the cooked fried chicken tenders I’ll store those in the oven at 200 degrees on a cookie sheet with a cooling rack on top to keep them warm.
How to make Homemade super crispy fried chicken tenders!
- 4 boneless chicken breasts, cut into strips
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk *or milk of choice
- 1 cup flour
- 1 cup panko bread crumbs
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- 1 tsp. paprika
- First you want to slice the chicken breasts into strips. Place in a large Ziploc bag.
- Add the milk of your choice to cover the chicken. This helps the flour and bread crumbs stick.
- In another large Ziploc bag, add the dry ingredients
- Take 4-5 chicken strips from the bag and place it in the other bag that has the dry ingredients. Zip the bag and shake until coated.
- In a large skillet or cast iron pan, fill it with Canola oil about 2-3 inches. Heat the oil for several minutes.
- Once the oil is hot, place the coated chicken tenders in the skillet and cook for 4 minutes. Turn them over and cook for another 4 minutes.
- Keep repeating with the rest of the chicken, cooking in batches until it's done.
My favorite brand of Panko bread crumbs is Kikkoman – you can find them in most grocery stores. This is what helps make the fried chicken tenders so crispy.
The other tip is knowing when the oil is hot.
Heat it for 3 minutes, and check to see if it’s done by placing a wooden spoon handle in the oil.
If the oil bubbles around it, it’s ready.
If the oil starts to smoke, turn off the heat and let it cool – it’s too hot.
The BBQ sauce that I highly recommend for this is Sweet Baby Rays! Click here for a store locator.
For other chicken recipes check out my category for other recipes I make with chicken.