Thursday, April 23, 2015

Chicken Strips

Have you ever been to Texas Roadhouse and wondered how they get their chicken strips to be all bumpy (or anywhere with bumpy chicken strips for that matter)? Cause I have. I love them! I've finally found a way using my trusty Pioneer Woman!

What you will need:
  • Chicken tenderloins (I think I made around 20 and the flour/buttermilk called for was still plenty for that amount)
  • Buttermilk ( 1 1/2 C to soak the tenders and another 1/2 C or so for later)
  • 1 1/2 C flour
  • 2 T spices of your choice (original calls for 2-3 tsp Lawry's Seasoning Salt. We're a little freaky about flavor so we dumped in Lawry's, a Butt Rub and some Creole)
  • Enough oil to fill about an inch in a large cast Iron skillet or fryer of your choice
  • In a large bowl, soak the tenders in 1 1/2 C buttermilk for 20-25 minutes. It breaks down the chicken and makes 'em all nice and tendery
  • Meanwhile, in a 9x13" baking dish, dump 1 1/2 C flour and slowly drizzle in 1/2 C of buttermilk all around the flour while you do whisking motions with a fork. It will make some of the flour clumpy. You want it to be so that there's an even amount of dry flour and clumpy flour throughout the baking dish (IMPORTANT: You really want to use the 9x13" baking dish for this. I tried to use a bowl and it was much much harder!)
  • When the chicken tenders have soaked, start heating up your oil (you want it to around 375*)
  • Plop a few chicken tenders into the flour mixture and coat them. They will have clumps on them. You want this!
  • Place the chicken to the side like on a baking sheet or somewhere for them to sit while you're frying them up
  • Place a few at a time into the oil to fry each side (about 1 1/2 minutes per side)
  • Done!

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