Lemon Chicken Tenders

 

Tender and Juicy Chicken fingers
Tender and Juicy Chicken fingers

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Chicken tenders or Chicken fingers is a very popular snack in the US. It is served in restaurants, fast food outlets, food trucks, Chinese and Asian eateries as an appetizer or a main dish. I have tried this in so many different places. Every place has its own signature style of presenting Chicken fingers.

I have my own version of chicken tenders, the no bread version. It is lip smackingly delicious and tender. It can be served with chinese noodles, pastas or rice. If you remove the dry red chillies, you could also put it in a sandwich . The dish tastes good even after the first step is done, but if you really want a mouth watering variation go for the second as well as the third step.

STEP 1 

What you need for the Marinade :

  • 300 g Chicken strips
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tsp. Ginger Garlic paste
  • 1/4 tsp.Ajinimoto/Chinese salt ( optional )
  • 1 tbsp. Plain flour
  • 2  1/2 tbsp. Cornflour
  • 1/4 tsp. yellow food color
  • 1 egg

Marinate the chicken in salt and ginger garlic paste for at least four hours.If you want it really moist, you can add 2 tbsp. of yogurt while marinating. After four hours add the rest of the ingredients and keep in the fridge for half an hour. Deep fry.

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STEP 2

What you need for the tempering :

  • 1 tbsp.Butter
  • 1 tsp. Cumin seeds
  • 3 whole dry red chillies
  • 2 tsp. garlic chopped 
  • 1 tsp. ginger finely chopped
  • 2 green chillies finely chopped ( seeds tapped away)
  • 2 tbsp. mint leaves

In a wok, melt the butter and add each of the ingredients one after the other in the same order. Add the fried chicken and toss well.

STEP 3

Seasonings :

  • 1/4 tsp. red chilli powder
  • Pinch of Ajinimoto ( optional )
  • 2-3 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp. fresh coriander leaves chopped

Add these seasonings to the tossed chicken. Serve hot.

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I am taking this yummy starter to Angie’s Fiesta Friday 34. This week it is being co hosted by the very gracious Selma and Elaine  It is the most happening party on the blogosphere. If you haven’t yet been there, come along with me and join the fun.…..

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52 Comments Add yours

    1. skd says:

      Thanks Andy 🙂

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    2. miencuisine says:

      Ah I just ate smth like this in the rstaurant and was wondering how they do it 😀 I must try it out!

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      1. andy1076 says:

        mmm! I’m curious too 😊

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  1. YUM, love chicken tenders, those look so good!!

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you dear. You must try it 🙂

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  2. Oh my, those sound wonderful! I wonder where I can find ginger garlic paste.

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you dear 🙂 You should be able to easily buy it from any Asian store. Alternatively, you can grind ginger and garlic at home. that should be easier.

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  3. chefjulianna says:

    Oh, these are just so perfect for a party! Can’t wait to get my fingers on these fingers! Look out, here I come! 😀

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    1. skd says:

      Most Welcome Chef 😀 . I have an extra plate of fingers hiding just for you 🙂

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      1. chefjulianna says:

        Wow, you’re too kind! 😉

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  4. fazal says:

    Attractive appearance
    New recipi .A must try

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you so much. please try it 🙂

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  5. These chicken fingers look great, I love all of the flavours, I’m sure my menfolk would love them 🙂 thank you for bringing them to this weeks Fiesta Friday 🙂

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    1. skd says:

      Aww.. Thank you , and so will the kids. Thanks for being such a wonderful host. Loving your party 🙂

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  6. Nancy says:

    Yummy, skd! I think the kid in me will always love chicken tenders and the flavors you offer here sound great. They look delicious and love the palate pleasing ingredients!

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you Nancy . I was just about to say that.( telepathy maybe 😉 ) The flavors play on the taste buds, so much so even when I remember the dish, my mouth starts watering lol 😀

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  7. I love these flavors with chicken. You serve these with a salad or an appetizer!

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    1. skd says:

      You can do both. Should work well with any salad. Or you could serve it with soup as an appetizer 🙂 Actually I served it in a frankie

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  8. Stephanie @ The Cozy Cook says:

    My husband and I LOVE a good lemon/chicken combo and these look SOO tasty, I’ll definitely have to try this, thank you so much for sharing!

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    1. skd says:

      Thanks a lot Stephanie. I am sure you will love these flavors. Even thinking of the dish tickles my taste buds. Make sure you discard the red chillies though 🙂

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  9. Arl's World says:

    Gosh these look wonderful! I would love to try them now! 🙂

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    1. skd says:

      Oh dear 😦 Wish I could get them downloaded on to your table. Maybe some day technology would be faster enough to do that. Then I will have loads of your delicacies right on to my plate. The thought……yummmm… 🙂

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  10. Loretta says:

    Love the spices you’ve used in the chicken.

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    1. skd says:

      Yes Loretta 🙂 Thank you. They are indeed a wonderful combination.

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  11. And now I’m craving chicken!

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    1. skd says:

      Go for it Lady 🙂

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  12. petra08 says:

    These chicken fingers looks delicious! I love the bread crumb free factor and the spices sounds delicious! It is making me hungry! 🙂

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you Petra 🙂 Sometimes the crumb coating gets boring. Plus it absorbs so much oil.

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  13. muthahar says:

    Oh what a lovely combination I love it. inshallah I will try

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    1. skd says:

      Please do try and let me know 🙂

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  14. Mandi says:

    My mouth is literally watering…I like lemon and coriander Already but pair it with fried chicken? Oh my, yes please 🙂

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    1. skd says:

      Yes dear 🙂 The flavors work well with each other. Thank you for the nice comments.

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  15. Lori says:

    Delicious Skd! Just Delicious!!

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you Lori 🙂 Thank you

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  16. I use this cut of chicken all of the time for different recipes. Your recipe not only has lemon which pairs so well with chicken but all of the seasonings must make this dish a “10” 🙂

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    1. skd says:

      Thanks a lot for your kind comment. Please share your recipes with chicken tenders sometime 🙂 .

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  17. Drooling here! That looks awesome!!

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    1. skd says:

      Aww…Thank you 🙂

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  18. Looks mouthwatering! Your chicken strips look really moist!

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you Indu 🙂

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  19. Being a vegetarian I prefer a cauliflower version with this recipe deae

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    1. skd says:

      I am sure it will work well with cauliflower. Especially in your skilled hands. I think we can try with Tofu, Cottage Cheese and Potato as well. Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to appreciate in spite of being a vegetarian ❤ Hugs and Regards
      skd

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  20. Dana Fashina says:

    Whoa!!
    Tender and juicy, say no more 😁😁.
    Really into the way you seasoned it to, the spice combination is wonderful

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you dear 🙂 for your words of encouragement

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  21. judilyn says:

    These look very good. Do they freeze well? I like to make batches of main course meats to take on RV trips, and these look like they would reheat well in a small skillet.

    Virtual hugs,

    Judie

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    1. skd says:

      Hi Judie 🙂 Thank you for your kind comment. They freeze very well.If you want you can freeze the chicken tenders after you have fried them and do step two and step three at a moments notice at the time of serving.
      Regards and hugs
      skd

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      1. judilyn says:

        Thanks – I’ll give it a try!

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  22. Moira says:

    Thanks for the like on my gluten-free banana muffins post! Your lemon chicken recipe sounds amazing… I will try it (minus the yellow food coloring)!

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    1. skd says:

      Yeah please do 🙂 The color is just for the appearance. has no role in the aroma or flavor of the dish 🙂

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