One of my favorite meals to eat growing up was fried chicken tenders. They are SO GOOD!! I love fried chicken, but can get weirded out by tendons or bones or strange texture pieces, so this is the perfect way to enjoy fried chicken for me. These little guys can be served as an appetizer or as a meal with a side. While they are great paired with mashed potatoes or mac ‘n cheese, you can lighten them up by serving with a salad or some fruit.
- 1 bag frozen chicken tenders (completely thawed)
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons garlic salt
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1/2 tablespoon Season All
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- Vegetable Oil
In a medium size bowl, mix together flour, garlic salt, garlic powder, season all and pepper. I like my chicken salty and flavorful, but you can adjust the amount of seasoning to taste.
Taking one tender at a time, rinse in water and dip into the flour mixture.
Flip it around and pat down to make sure you get a nice coating on all sides.
Set aside onto a plate and continue until all chicken tenders are coated. Reserve the flour mixture for now as you may want to re-dip the chicken before frying if you see missing or wet spots in the coating.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add about a 1/2 inch of oil. Test oil with a pinch of flour to make sure it is hot enough before adding chicken. Cook on the first side for 3-5 minutes, or until it starts to set and become golden.
Flip and cook the opposite side.
You may want to flip one more time if the first side does not get crispy enough. You do not need to worry about cooking it through, but you want to make sure you have a nice crispy coating on all sides.
Remove chicken from skillet and set on paper towels to absorb the excess oil. Repeat with all remaining pieces of chicken.
Place chicken in oven safe glass baking dishes in a single layer. Pop into the oven for 25-30 minutes, or until cooked through. Try to flip part way through, but make sure to be careful to not rip the coating off. If they are stuck to the pan too much and soggy, then they are not quite ready to flip yet.
Remove from oven and back onto a paper towel to absorb any more oil.
Serve and enjoy! A great game day appetizer or dinner plan. Happy Mealtime Monday!