Did someone just say fried chicken? Wait was that fried chicken tenders? Oh snap I did! I made them for the first time and my husband and cousin refused to talk to anyone or do anything for a good hour or so after dinner. I take that as job well done *patting own back*
Ok ok I will stop talking. Here is what you need to do.
Fried Chicken Tenders
1 cup buttermilk
1 large egg
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tablespoon cornstarch
1.5 lbs of chicken breast, cut into one inch strips
2 teaspoons salt, divided
2 teaspoons fresh ground black pepper, divided
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon of chopped fried onion
Vegetable Oil, for frying
1) Add 1 teaspoon of salt, 1 teaspoon of pepper, paprika, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, chopped fried onion to the chicken and toss to evenly coat.
2) Cover and refridgerate for at least 2 hours. Make sure to take chicken out for at least 30 minutes at room temperature before frying.
3) In one bowl, whisk the buttermilk, egg, 1/3 cup water.
4) In another bowl, whisk the flour, cornstarch, and rest of salt and pepper.
5) Fill the pan with enough oil so that when you add the chicken it should cover the chicken but not overflow (of course!). Heat the oil until hot.
6) Dip each chicken strip into the buttermilk mixture, then place the chicken into the flour. Shake off any excess flour and place into the oil. HINT: have a few chicken pieces coated in flour before placing in the hot oil so that the cooking time is more accurate for each batch.
7) Cook the chicken on medium heat for about 5-6 minutes turning every 2 minutes
8) Turn the heat to medium high and cook for an additional 5 minutes or until the chicken is golden brown and the outside starts to turn crispy
9) Remove the chicken tenders with tongs, allowing excess oil to drip back into frying pan. Place chicken in a plate covered with paper towels to absorb excess oil.
10) Serve the chicken with your favorite condiments and enjoy!
Recipe adapted from Skillet-Fried Chicken from Bon Appetit