While at the grocery store earlier this week I noticed they were having a sale on chicken tenders so, not really knowing what I was going to do with them but thinking I could figure something out, I picked some up. When it came time to make them, I still wasn’t entirely sure what I wanted to do so I began scouring my spices and noticed the curry peaking out at me. I knew I didn’t really have the time to make Chicken Curry, but once I got the idea of curry in my head I couldn’t get it out. Finally, I thought that if I seasoned the flour just right I could get the curry flavor but in a crispy chicken finger form. Thus these curried chicken tenders were born.
I was talking to my mom recently about fried chicken and she told me about a little trick she had tried where she breaded the chicken in the flour and let it sit for a little while before frying it. She mentioned that the flour seemed to stick a bit better the longer you let it sit. I figured these chicken tenders would be the perfect chance to experiment and decided to give it a try. First, I dipped them in the egg/milk wash, then the curry/flour/bread crumb mixture and let them sit for about 15 minutes. When it came time to fry them I noticed that I didn’t loose nearly as much flour as I usually do. Thanks for the tip mom!
In one bowl whisk together egg and milk. In a second bowl combine flour, bread crumbs, curry powder, kosher salt and garam masala.
One at a time, dip the chicken tenders in the egg and then dredge into the flour/bread crumb mixture to coat completely. Transfer to plate. Allow to sit for 15 minutes.
Heat 1/2 inch of oil in a large heavy bottomed skillet over medium-high heat. Once the oil starts to shimmer, sprinkle a little flour into it, if it sizzles the oil is ready. Place the breaded chicken tenders in the oil being careful not to overcrowd the pan. (Note: Depending on the size of your pan you may need to do this in batches.) Fry the chicken tenders until golden brown and cooked through, about 3- 4 minutes per side. Transfer to a paper-towel lined plate. While still hot, sprinkle with a little more kosher salt.
As far as a dip goes, I thought these were just fine without it but now that I think about it, they would also be good with a variety of chutneys. Enjoy!
My name is Des. I’m a Mom to Kellan and Preston. Wife to Ryan. Dog mom to Pumpkin and lover of all things food. Whether it is cooking it, eating it, shopping for it or watching TV about it, food is one of my favorite things. Read more »
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