Every once in a blue moon, I will make a fried food. Tonight just happened to be one of those rare nights when the stars aligned just perfectly. The kids were begging me for chicken tenders and garlic fries (look for that recipe soon). I decided to give in to their demands. I usually baked our nuggets and fries, however, it was getting late and I had a very restless family on my hands. There was going to be a revolt if dinner wasn’t done quickly. To save time and to do a throw back to eating out, we got the big pot out and went to town.
1-2 Boneless, skinless chicken breasts
About 1 cup of Flour
2-3 Eggs whisked until blended (Some people prefer to use milk or water, or even a combo with the eggs instead. If you are one of those people, omit the egg or add to the egg and get on with your bad ass self!)
About 2 cups of breadcrumbs (I used panko) You may need more depending on how wet they get. I replace my breadcrumbs if they get too wet from the eggs and no longer stick to the chicken.
Spices of your choice (I used salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, red pepper flakes) to taste
Pot (I do not own a deep fryer anymore, but if you do, feel free to use it)
Oil/Candy thermometer (If using a pot, I highly recommend using one to get the correct temp. They are not that expensive. I got mine on sale for $6.)
Enough oil (of your choice) to fry in
Tongs (If you do not own a pair, you will need to use something to get the chicken out of the oil.)
Several Paper Towels on a plate
Heat oil (or deep fryer) to about 350 degrees
Cut chicken into chicken tender sizes. (They will shrink slightly in size after they are cooked. You may want to keep that in mind when cutting them.)
Put the following in the 3 bowls:
Bowl 2~Egg or as I said in the supply list (water or milk)
Bowl 3~ Breadcrumbs and spices mixed together
Take the chicken and coat both sides with flour.
Then coat both sides in the egg. You may find that you need to whisk another egg if you do not have enough to coat all the chicken on both sides.
Finally coat both sides with breadcrumbs. The breadcrumbs will eventually become too wet to coat the chicken anymore no matter how much you try. This is when I either add fresh breadcrumbs to the mix if I have only a couple of pieces left or I just replace it all if I have a lot of chicken left to do.
Put the chicken into the oil. Fry until golden brown on both sides.
Place on a plate with paper towels to help soak up the excess oils.