Don’t Fry Anything!…but if you do

Don’t fry anything!

But if you do, fry it this way!

Ever since I left Savannah I have been craving Chicken Fingers from Spanky’s.  And don’t even get me started on their honey sauce.  I sat there and thought “what is it that they do to those chicken fingers to make them so perfect?”  I may not have it right but I have it close enough for my taste.

I decided to tempura fry the tenders.  Not in canola, or peanut oil…instead I used coconut oil.  Do your own research but there are a lot of benefits to using coconut oil.  While frying isn’t healthy at all, atleast using coconut oil will make it a wee bit better and maybe you’ll feel a little less guilty.  Also below I will give you the recipe for tempura batter.  DO NOT buy tempura batter at the store.  You have all of the ingredients already.  Trust me!  (If you don’t, then you should add these staples to your cabinets.)

Tempura Batter and Fried Chicken Recipe

1.5 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1.5 cups water
2.5 tbsp white vinegar
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup coconut oil
1 lb boneless skinless chicken tenders


– In one bowl whisk together flour, salt and water.
– In a second bowl whisk together vinegar and baking soda.
– Add the vinegar and baking soda mixture to the flour mixture.
– Stir well.

– In a dutch oven heat coconut oil over medium heat.
– To test readiness of the oil, drop a droplet of water into the oil.  If the oil sizzles it is ready.

– Take each chicken tender and place it into the tempura batter.
– Shake the chicken tender to get any excess batter off.
– Place into the hot coconut oil.  (If it smokes and sputters all over the place cut the temperature down a little)
– Cook about 3 – 4 tenders at a time. 
– Cook for 5 minutes (2.5 minutes on each side)
– Remove finish chicken tenders from the oil and place on paper towels or napkins to drain the remaining grease from the chicken.
– Cook the remaining tenders.

Add your favorite dipping sauce and then chow down! 

With that said, I normally do not like fried anything (other than french fries) but cooking with coconut oil reduces the greasiness of fried foods. 

Frying in Coconut Oil

Tempura Fried Chicken Tenders

Tempura Fried Chicken Tenders

If you try this, let me know. 

– Jennifer


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3 thoughts on “Don’t Fry Anything!…but if you do

  1. 86carrots January 14, 2013 at 8:26 PM

    Garrett even said “THIS IS GOOOOOOD”. That says a lot, because he normally says everything is “purty good” but to get this reaction means it really was good. 🙂

  2. Shannon January 14, 2013 at 9:09 PM

    Oooh! Gonna have to try this one out! I normally don’t fry anything, but I am intrigued by the coconut oil. Thanks JJ!

    • 86carrots January 14, 2013 at 9:11 PM

      This is my second time using coconut oil and I am impressed. It doesn’t have that heavy feeling and isn’t greasy after you pat whatever you cooked with a napkin. It doesn’t stink, it doesn’t have that slippery taste to it either. I am impressed!

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