Friday 16 November, 2018

Loop Sunday Lunch - Crispy Chicken Tenders with Garlic Chilli Dip

This quick recipe from The Kitchen Sanctuary is a fail-safe take on a family favourite, ready in about 30 minutes. 


Crispy Chicken Tenders with Garlic Chilli Dip


4 chicken breasts, sliced into long, thick strips

240ml (1 cup) buttermilk

½ tsp salt

¼ tsp white pepper

¼ tsp garlic salt

Crispy Coating:

180g (1½ cups) plain (all-purpose) flour

1 tsp salt

1 tsp ground black pepper

½ tsp garlic salt

½ tsp celery salt

1 tsp dried thyme

1 tsp paprika

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp chilli flakes


3 tbsp buttermilk

2 tbsp sour cream

2 tbsp mayonnaise

2 tbsp chopped coriander

Juice of half a lime

¼ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon black pepper

1 small garlic clove peeled and crushed

1 tsp sriracha


1. Place the chicken in a bowl. Add the buttermilk, salt, pepper and garlic salt. Mix together, cover and place in the fridge to marinade for at least 1 hour (up to over night)

2. Preheat the oven to a low heat (to keep cooked chicken warm). Heat a large pan of vegetable oil (or preheat your deep fat fryer) until hot (you can test by dropping a small cube of bread in there, if it rises immediately to the top and starts to bubble rapidly, it’s hot enough). You’ll need at least 1 litre (4 cups) of oil.

3. Mix together the crispy coating ingredients in a small bowl. Take the chicken out of the fridge. Lift a piece from the buttermilk and allow the excess to drip off. Dredge the chicken in the crispy coating mixture – ensuring it’s fully covered. Place on a tray and repeat until all of the chicken is coated.

4. Once the oil is hot enough, add in 5 or 6 of the chicken tenders. You can add more or less depending on the size of your pan, just be sure not to overcrowd the chicken. Cook for 3-5 minutes until golden brown and cooked in the middle. You can check this by cutting open a piece of chicken, if it’s no longer pink in the middle, it’s cooked.

5. Place on a tray in the oven to keep warm whilst you cook the rest of the chicken.

6. Mix together the dip ingredients and serve with the crispy chicken.