Crispy Chicken Tenders

Crispy Chicken Tenders

Crispy Chicken Tenders

“Chicken can be used in a variety of ways to create delicious snacks. Chicken tends to be quite bland, so we need to introduce additional flavours to make the dish sing! Use chicken strips, Verka Dahi, Verka Cheese, a handful of condiments and taste this zingy yet simple snack! Do not overcook the chicken strips or else the meat will become tough.”

Crispy Chicken Tenders Ingredients:

  • 500 gm boneless chicken
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • ¾ cup thick Verka Dahi
  • ½ cup grated Verka Cheese
  • ½ tsp garlic paste
  • ¼-½ tsp ‘degi mirch’ (optional)
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 cup crushed cornflakes
  • ½ finely chopped parsley (or fresh dhaniya)
  • Oil for frying

Method:

  • Combine the egg, Verka Dahi, Verka Cheese, garlic paste, salt and ‘degi mirch’.
  • Cut chicken into strips and marinate in the above mixture.
  •  Cover tightly and refrigerate for 6 -7 hours. (longer would be even better)
  • Mix the parsley into the crushed cornflakes and spread out on a flat plate.
  • Set up oil for frying, pull out 4-5 chicken strips from the marinate and lay out on the crushed cornflakes.
  • Press down the strips till the cornflakes adheres to them, flip over and coat the other portions too. Deep fry till golden and crispy.

Drain on absorbent paper, then serve hot with ketchup, chili sauce or a minty chutney.

Note: For a ‘desi’ twist, add a pinch of powdered ‘heeng’ into the marinade. You can also turn this snacky dish into a Chinese main course. Skip the ‘heeng’ and cheese in the marinade and prepare the chicken as per the recipe. Fry some chopped onion in oil, add grated ginger, chopped garlic, soy sauce and slit chilies. Cook briefly, add a little ketchup, then thicken with cornflour. Toss the fried chicken strips in this sauce and serve while still crisp! Fried rice or noodles would make a superb accompaniment!