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Chicken Fingers/Tenders

Another in my series of football foods/snakes are chicken fingers, yes I am way behind on this series, but the playoffs are upon us, so bugger off!  There is still time for a few more.

Not only are they easy to make but they are easy to customize.  Use different spice blend in the bread crumbs and have several kinds of dipping sauces to keep them coming back for more.  I am thinking of BBQ sauce, buffalo wing sauce, ranch dressing, sweet and sour, marinara, seasoned sour cream, amongst others.  Let your creativity go wild!

football, chicken fingers, bbq sauce and beer, a good sunday

I went fairly simple with mine.  I liked the contrast of the crispy outside and the juiciness of the meat, it was so good, I pared with a simple store bought BBQ sauce (Famous Dave’s).

  • 1 ½ to 2 lbs. chicken tenders
  • ½ all purpose flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs (or other bread crumbs)
  • 1-2 tsp. paprika
  • 1-2 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • Kosher salt
  • 1-2 tsp. fresh ground black pepper
  • Canola (or vegetable) oil ¼ to ½ inch deep in pan

 

Set up a dredging station, one bowl of flour, one of the eggs lightly beaten, one with Panko bread crumbs mixed with paprika, cayenne, and black pepper.

get your dredge on

Put enough oil in a heavy pan to have a depth of just less then ½ inch, heat to about 360° degrees F. (so a drop of water will sizzle or dance on the oil but not to violently) ideal frying temp is 350° degrees F. but cold chicken will bring the temperature down a bit.

getting golden brown!

Salt the chicken on both sides, work in batches by dredging in flour, shake off excess, dip into egg mixture let excess drip off then coat with bread crumb mixture, again shake off excess.  Place in hot oil and repeat.  Do not crowd the pan otherwise they will not get crispy.  Let cook on one side for 3-4 minutes or until coating is golden brown then flip and cook for another 3-4 minutes.  Remove after the second side is also golden brown.  Place on some paper towels to soak up any excess oil.  Repeat until they are all done, if you are making a double batch keep done tenders warm in a 200° oven.

Serve with dipping sauce of choice and other fun snacks!

See other foodball (football) posts!

Note: Panko is a Japanese style bread crumb, I like it for something like this because it is lighter and crispier then traditional Italian bread crumbs.  It can be found in most grocery stores by the other bread crumbs.

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