Crispy Fried Chicken Tenders
This recipe shows you how to make some delicious crispy buttermilk chicken tenders.
In this recipe, the buttermilk is used as a marinade to tenderise the chicken overnight to make the most delicious tasty fried chicken.
Chicken tender recipe
There are many different ways to make fried chicken, but this is one of the best ways to prepare the meat so you get a delicious tender chicken breast. The chicken is marinated overnight in some buttermilk in a large sealable bag, which helps to make it more tender.
After marinating, the chicken is coated in a flour and spice/herb mixture to add some taste and a crispy outside layer to the chicken. Then it is fried in some hot vegetable oil in a pan or in a deep fryer.
I did try to make these in the air fryer, but the result was not as good as in the pan, I did not think.
My wife liked them, as there was obviously less fat involved and hence they were a bit healthier, but they do not crisp up so well without deep frying in oil.
We do not have a deep fryer, as we left ours behind when we moved. But it is probably better to use a deep fryer to cook these than using a frying pan, as it makes less mess and it is quicker.
You do not need to turn the chicken, which you do in the pan, and you can immerse the strips in the oil.
Still, I did cook these in my wok, and it worked fine, but it did spatter a bit of oil on the hob.
How long can you marinate chicken in buttermilk?
For this recipe, I recommend marinating overnight. It does not ask for any extra effort – you just need to remember to prepare it beforehand!
We ate these the following evening so effectively the chicken was marinated for about 22 hours. But 8-10 hours would also be fine – you could marinate during the day and eat in the evening.
You could try marinating for a shorter period, but I do not think the effect will be so good.
If need be you could marinate for 2 to 3 days before you would have to cook the chicken. And remember to marinate in the fridge!
How to serve chicken fingers
These are great served up as finger food together with a dip of some kind. Try a curry mayo dip or a honey mustard dill sauce – both go great with these chicken tenders.
A wasabi mayo dip is also a good mix to try out, if you have never tried it! Just mix some wasabi with some Hellmann’s.
Or serve them up as a full-blown meal with some fried potatoes for a good old chicken and chips!
I hope you enjoy these crispy buttermilk chicken tenders.
If you do try this recipe please let me know how you get on in the comments section below!
How to make buttermilk chicken tenders
Monday 19th of July 2021
I would like to try this delicious recipe with chicken drumsticks- how long would you fry those to be sure? Thank you!
Tuesday 20th of July 2021
Good plan. I have no idea - I have never tried with drumsticks, but it would take longer than stated in this recipe I think. It would also depend on the heat of your oil. Good luck trying though.
Tuesday 6th of July 2021
The buttermilk is listed as mi the flour is listed as grams I have no way to measure those can you please put that in cups also The temp for deep fryer and how long to cook them in fryer can't wait to try them
Tuesday 6th of July 2021
If you apply some common sense, the buttermilk and flour amounts obviously do not have to be measured that accurately. The buttermilk is to marinate and the flour is to cover the chicken. Use what you need to do the job. If you are still struggling, https://recipesformen.com/cooking-conversion-table/ will tell you that you need a bit more than 2 cups of buttermilk. Using cups to measure the weight of flour is inherently inaccurate anyway, as you will see if you Google it, as it depends on the density of the flour in the cup. But use about a cup (or more if you need it). I would fry at about 175C in a deep fryer (if I had one) - that's about 347F. Hope this helps.