Thursday, August 11, 2011

Recipe Thursday: Deep Fried Chicken Strips

Hi Everyone!!

Well, it's Thursday, so it's time for another recipe. I'm sorry for not posting one for a couple of weeks now; but I hope you like this one. It's super easy and everyone in my family LOVES it. Who knew it could be so easy to make crispy chicken nuggets (or strips) right at home!

Ingredients:

1 package Boneless Chicken Strips or Tenders

1 1/4 to 1 1/2 cups flour
1tsp salt
1 cup to 1 1/4 cup milk
1 egg slightly beaten
1 Tbsp melted shortening.
1 bottle (yes...the whole bottle) of Vegetable/Canola oil blend. Use whatever kind you want, just not Olive Oil because that one doesn't hold up to high temperatures well.

Directions:

1. Heat oil in large deep dutch oven over Med-High heat. I use number 7-8 on my stove. It will take a while to heat, so be sure to do this step first.

2. Cut chicken into various sizes of strips and nuggets depending on personal preference. (Wash pieces if desired; but make sure pieces are well dried because if they are too wet, the batter won't stick) Season as desired. I did mine with S/P, Paprika and Garlic Powder

3. Combine the ingredients for batter. The batter is a bit of a judgement call. You want it to be thick; but not like paper mache and on the other hand not to thin either. I try to make mine just slightly thicker than pancake batter. Start with the lowest measurements and adjust accordingly between the flour and the water until you get the desired consistency. Remember, you can always add; but you can't take away!

4. Using tongs start coating the chicken pieces into the batter and then put gently into the hot oil. This is not a recipe I recommend you do with young helpers in the kitchen! I usually only put in about 6 pieces at a time depending on the size because the more you put in, the oil temperature will drop.

5. Cook the chicken about 3-5 mins until golden brown and crispy. Use a wooden spoon to kinda separate them at first so they don't all stick together. They won't take long. Remove to paper towels and let drain.

I also make waffle fries to go with the chicken and it's fantastic! I usually just put them both on the table as they get done and the family eats them as they come and I'm usually snack on them while I'm making them. This is definitely an easy casual, no silverware kinda meal!

I hope you all enjoy it!!

1 comment:

Lisa M said...

This looks wonderful! Just sat down to do some blog reading and saw this and wanted to say thank you. I couldn't figure out what sounded good for tonight and you just swayed me. My kids will love this! :) So neat that you post recipes on your blog too..very creative.
Have a great one...
Lisa xx


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