Friday, January 22, 2010

The Best Chicken Strips

I started making dinner the other night, and realized that I was missing one of the main ingredients. As in "Chicken and Paprika" but I had probably a light dusting of paprika in my spice cabinet. I hate it when that happens.

But, necessity is a real mother (wait...that's not the saying!) so I adapted, and remembered The Pioneer Woman's Chicken Strip recipe that I had been drooling over a few weeks before.

The Best Chicken Strips
recipe adapted from The Pioneer Woman

1 package Chicken Breasts, Cut Into Strips (or Chicken Tenders)
1-½ cup Flour
2 teaspoons Seasoning Salt
Vegetable Oil

Cut your chicken into strips, then put in a bowl and cover with buttermilk. Let set for at least 15 minutes.

In another bowl, mix flour and seasoning salt. Slowly add 1/4 to 1/2 cup of buttermilk, stirring with a fork, making small bits of batter bead up. The batter will have noticeable clumps in it.

Heat your frying oil in a large pan over medium heat.

Remove a piece of chicken from the buttermilk bath and put them into the flour, making sure to coat thoroughly. Small little bits will cling to it (that's what makes them so crunchy!) Coat all the chicken strips and place them on a place.

When the oil is ready, cook a few strips at a time. When golden brown (about 3 minutes total, 1 1/2 minutes on each side) remove to a paper towel lined plate.

The verdict?
If my husband hadn't eaten Chick-fil-a that day, this might have been a bigger hit with him, but my son inhaled the chicken, and I loved it. The outside coating was pretty thick, and it was wonderfully crisp and crunchy. This tasted restaurant-worth, and I will be hoping for the next time I run out of paprika.

I am sharing this recipe at The Grocery Cart Challenge Recipe Swap.

Easy Cooking | Simple Cooking

1 comment:

  1. My son loves chicken strips, especially handbattered ones, and I hate to admit it, but I've never made "real" ones at home--he has to get them at restaurants! I will have to add this to my list of things to make for him when we're together (he's in college in another state). Thanks for sharing this!