Wednesday, July 08, 2020

Pickle Brined Chicken Tenders

Calling all you dill lovers, these fried chicken tenders are brined in pickle juice!

Pickle brined chicken, y'all. It's genius! I have taken to saving jars of pickle juice after the pickles are gone for recipes like dill pickle soup. So I was ready for this recipe with my pickle juice jars. The chicken gets brined, then it gets soaked in buttermilk, then it gets breaded and fried. It's such a good combination of classic fried chicken, but with that little bit of something different. I highly recommend for a little switching up.

What you need:
  • 2 lb. chicken tenderloins
  • 1 to 2 cups dill pickle juice
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 Tbsp. hot sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • Vegetable oil
  1. Place chicken and dill pickle juice in a zipper bag. Refrigerate for 4 to 8 hours.
  2. Remove from pickle juice and put into a medium bowl.
  3. Add buttermilk and hot sauce to bowl and stir to coat chicken. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
  4. In a shallow plate, mix together flour, cornstarch, paprika, salt, pepper, and garlic.
  5. Remove chicken from buttermilk and coat in flour well. Let sit for 20 minutes.
  6. Heat oil in a Dutch oven or deep fryer to 350 degrees.
  7. Fry chicken tenders about 4 at a time until crispy and cooked all the way through.
  8. Place on a paper towel lined plate to drain off excess oil. Repeat with remaining tenders.
Recipe from Spicy Southern Kitchen

I cannot get enough of pickle foods and this Copycat Pickle Pizza is definitely one of my favorite pizzas of all-time with an amazing white garlic pizza sauce! But if you want a pickle-y snack for on the go, you definitely need some Dill Pickle Snack Mix (chex mix!) from Buns in my Oven.

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