Spicy Chicken Tenders

Ingredients (check list):

  • 1.3lb / 600g Chicken Breasts, sliced into strips (one breast should get around 5-6 strips)
  • 3-4 cups / 750ml – 1 litre Oil, for deep frying (see notes)

Marinade

  • 1 cup / 250ml Buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup / 60ml Hot Sauce (I use Frank’s)
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp White Pepper

Dry Mix

  • 1 3/4 cups / 225g Plain Flour
  • 2 tsp Paprika
  • 1.5 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 tsp each: Onion Powder, Garlic Powder, Baking Powder, Salt

Instructions:

  1. Combine your chicken with the marinade, cover and place in the fridge for as long as you have time for. Preferably overnight, absolute minimum 2 hours.
  2. Meanwhile, combine all of your dry mix. I find this easiest in a small tray, but you could also use a bowl. One by one, coat your chicken strips in the dry mix, making sure you cover every spec of chicken. Press the mix right into the chicken so it goes nice and flaky. Place on a wire wrack and repeat.
  3. Heat up your oil to around 350f/175c. To test without a thermometer, drop a tiny piece of batter in the oil, if it very slowly rises to the top, you should be good to go. A medium heat for around 5-8 minutes should obtain this.
  4. Working in batches of 3-4, carefully place your strips into the oil. Separate them with tongs if the instantly stick together, then leaves for 3-4mins until they start turning golden. Flip over and leave for another few minutes until deep golden and visibly crispy. If your oil is too hot simply pour in more oil/turn down heat. If you’re not confident with deep frying then test one strip first.
  5. Place on a wire rack with a tray or paper towel underneath. Enjoy with a dip!

This article and recipe adapted from this site

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