It’s easy to pop frozen chicken fingers into the oven, but there’s something to be said for making your own. These chipotle honey chicken crispers have just the right amount of heat — carefully paired with the ideal level of sweet — to give them the perfect flavor. The chicken is batter-dipped, breaded and fried, and then doused in sauce. Delish!
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This recipe has three distinct elements, and they all have their own set of ingredients. Each contributes to give these chicken crispers their layers of unique taste:.
The sauce: Contains honey and chipotle chili powder, along with apple cider vinegar and ketchup. These ingredients are combined, brought to a boil, then set aside.
The batter: Is a pretty basic recipe that calls for egg, milk, garlic powder and flour. Once the batter is finished, set it aside (sense a theme?).
The breading: We give ours a little kick with some added paprika and black pepper. Once it’s done — you guessed it — set it aside.
Recipes: Start with this easy salsa recipe, then customize to your heart’s content.
Tips for perfect chicken tenders
The magic begins once you’ve created your breading, batter and sauce. First, dip your chicken tenderloin in the batter, and then place it in the breading. Gently hand rolling the chicken through your breading ensures each delicious morsel clings to the batter-dipped chicken. Once you’ve dressed all your chicken crispers, it’s time to fry.
The fried and drained crispers are placed in a bowl and, once all your chicken pieces are done, add the chipotle-honey sauce to the bowl and stir to combine. Ta-da!
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These would make a terrific main course for dinner, or a lively and unique dish at your neighbor’s potluck gathering. For home meals, consider a fresh veggie-filled spinach salad or a mellow bean salad as a solid accompaniment to this feisty dish.
Chipotle honey chicken crispers
Yield: 4 servings.
Prep time: 15 minutes.
Total time: 40 minutes.
Chipotle honey sauce:.
Chipotle honey sauce:.
Place honey, water, ketchup, vinegar, chili powder, salt, and hot sauce together in a medium saucepan. Bring mixture to a boil, stirring constantly.
Reduce heat and simmer for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
Stir together egg, milk, chicken broth, salt, pepper, and garlic powder in a medium bowl.
Whisk in flour and set aside.
Combine flour, salt, paprika, black pepper and garlic salt in a shallow plate. Set aside.
Prepare a baking sheet with a layer of parchment paper. Prepare a plate with a layer of paper towels.
Heat oil in large cast iron pot to 350F. Use a thermometer to monitor the temperature and ensure the oil doesn’t get too hot.
Using one hand, dip chicken in batter then place in breading mixture. With other hand roll it in the breading and place on a baking sheet.
Working with four pieces at a time, add battered and breaded chicken pieces to hot oil. Fry until golden brown and cooked through, about four minutes.
Remove the chicken to the paper towel lined plate and season with salt. Allow cooked chicken to drain and cool. Repeat until all the chicken is cooked.
Place cooked and drained chicken tenderloins in a large bowl.
Add chipotle honey sauce to the bowl and toss gently until combined.