Tempura Chicken Fingers

It’s time for the Crazy Cooking Challenge. This month’s challenge was Fried Chicken.  The recipe needs to be chicken and it needs to be fried in some way.  These chicken tenders were dipped in a tempura batter and then fried.  This recipe is from Plain Chicken.  She has so many great chicken and dinner recipes, make sure you go check out her blog.  

When I saw that the challenge was fried chicken, I was a little nervous because I usually make my fried chicken in the oven instead of actually frying it.  I love fried chicken, but I usually regret getting it because it is greasy.  When I found this recipe I knew that I had to try it.

This was really easy to make.  It was so easy to make the batter and then just stick it in the oil for about 5 minutes.  There was nothing hard about frying it.  The great thing about the tempura batter is that it is not as heavy. This was not greasy at all and it tasted excellent.  These chicken tenders were so good.  My husband even used the leftovers to make a salad the next day.  This batter is a great alternative to the traditional fried chicken and can be used to fry any other meat as well.  Enjoy!!

Other Crazy Cooking Challenge recipes:
   *  January: Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup
   *  March: Baked Spaghetti

Tempura Chicken Tenders
(Recipe from Plain Chicken)

2 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups water
3 tablespoons vinegar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1-2 pounds chicken tenders

1.  Mix the flour, salt, and water together in a large bowl.  In a smaller bowl mix together the vinegar and baking soda.  Then pour the baking soda mixture into the flour mixture.

2.  Pour about 2 inches of oil in a skillet and heat the oil over medium high heat.  When you splash a drop of water in the oil and it sizzles, it is hot enough.

3.  Dip the tenders into the tempura batter and shake off the excess batter.  Fry the tenders in small batches for about 5 minutes for each batch or until the chicken is fully cooked.  Remove the tenders from the oil and drain on paper towels before serving.  


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  1. I think that you were the only one to make tempura and it sure looks wonderful.

    If you haven’t already, I’d love for you to check out my CCC entry Copycat “KFC” Original Recipe Fried Chicken

    Cook Lisa Cook

  2. Tempura was a great idea. Looks wonderful.


  3. Love the tempura chicken! I’ve never thought of using my tempura batter for chicken! YUM!


  4. When I saw that the challenge was about Fried Chicken, I naturally thought of the standard KFC type. I love your recipe for tempura thought, I will have to try it. I think your husbands idea of putting it on a sald is a great one.

  5. Those are some good-looking chicken fingers! Great job with the challenge!

  6. What a creative idea! I am intrigued, I have only tried yam tempura, and loved it

  7. Good job! I have never used tempura. I should check it out. Thanks for sharing at Must Try Monday.

  8. I love tempura chicken and your recipe sound delicous! Stopping by from the CCC #26.

  9. I didn’t even think about tempura chicken! What a great recipe!


  10. Great SRC pick!

    I’m CCC #10 :)

  11. Your timing is perfect Alyssa!I have fish on the menu this week and I am going to try out your tempura batter on them! Thanks so much for sharing at the party this week!

  12. Super post. I got to this via Mealtime Monday on Couponing and Cooking. I have linked in some bacon and scrambled egg rolls. Enjoy.

  13. Sounds delicious! I also just saw your Chocolate Chip Cookie Bark & had to pin that recipe! Stopping by from CCC – #16 Patty.

  14. I came here from Miz Helen’s for your recipe and realized I hit the mother-load of fried chicken recipes!! I am pinning this post so I can come back later and check out all the delicious choices!

  15. Alyssa,
    I totally missed this months challenge because we were out of town :( I can’t wait to try all the yummy recipes though because I love fried chicken. This recipe looks delish! Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday this week. I can’t wait to see what you link up next. Have a great weekend.


  16. Your recipe looks awesome! Hope you have a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen