Shannon here: Jill Lynn shares her recipe for Easy Peasy Fried Chicken Tenderloins, plus a chance to win a copy of her Contemporary Romance, Her Hidden Hope to anyone who signs up for her newsletter. She’s also sharing a link for her free novella, The Start of Us. Comment or answer the question on any post dated April 14th – 17th to enter the drawing for mine and Jill’s two in one title, including Her Texas Cowboy & Counting on the Cowboy. Deadline: April 25th, 11:59 pm central time:
Easy Peasy Fried Chicken Tenderloins
I’m not a great cook—I’ll admit it. I cook out of necessity. If I could live on take-out, I probably would. 😊 But since that’s fiscally impossible and we’re all at home during these crazy times, I’ve had to remember how to slow down and actually prepare a meal. I confess, even then, I prefer easy, tasty recipes.
A few years ago, when I was writing my novella The Start of Us (which is free by the way 😊) I had just found a recipe online for fried chicken tenderloins. It was simple and yummy, so I used it in the book. For years we were a dairy free house, so I often cook without milk when I can. I’ve made a few tweaks to the recipe over the years, and I never follow the rules. I don’t measure. I’m an if-it’s-in-the-house-throw-it-in kind of girl.
So here’s the gist of the recipe:
Soak chicken tenderloins in coconut milk—I use the canned kind since I can keep them in the cupboard, but you can use whatever milk you have in the house—along with paprika, garlic powder and salt. (I don’t measure for this—just throw some in.) The original recipe calls for cayenne pepper, but if I add this, it’s only a little. My kids don’t like spicy.
I let this soak overnight or just for the day works too.
Make the flour combination to dip them into with flour (a cup or 2 depending on how many tenderloins you’re making) and baking powder, salt, pepper, and whatever spices you have in your cupboard. I usually throw in some garlic powder and whatever combination seasoning I have—like a meat seasoning or dry rub ingredients.
I use coconut oil for frying—I’m a big fan of coconut oil and all things coconut. Make sure the oil is hot when you start. I fry about 2 to 2 ½ minutes per side for the tenderloins. And then, since I’m afraid of undercooking things, I usually take them out and cut one open to make sure the temperature is right, and they are cooking all the way through. I never said I was a master chef. 😉
If you are a detail person, this recipe might drive you crazy, but if you’re anything like me and tend to cook with what you have, then this is right up your alley.
My family LOVES this easy meal. And typing this is making me want to make it again even though I just did last week!
Thanks for letting me pop by, Shannon. For those who need more details, here’s the original recipe I tweaked: https://www.onceuponachef.com/recipes/buttermilk-fried-chicken-tenders-2.html
About Jill: Jill Lynn is an ACFW Carol award-winning author of inspirational romance who lives near the beautiful Rocky Mountains with her husband and two children. Her latest release, Her Hidden Hope, and her joint book Counting on the Cowboy & Her Texas Cowboy will be in stores at the end of April. Learn more & connect:
About the 2 in 1:
Her Texas Cowboy by Jill Lynn
When Rachel Maddox returns to her hometown of Fredericksburg, Texas, avoiding her ex is much easier said than done. Still nursing the broken heart Rachel caused years earlier, rancher Hunter McDermott figures he can be cordial for the brief time she’s in town—maybe they can even be friends. But how do you forge just a friendship with someone you’ve always pictured as your bride?
Counting on the Cowboy by Shannon Taylor Vannatter
Texas cowboy Brock McBride knows better than to fall for a city girl. She’ll leave and break his heart—just like his ex-fiancée did. But his job at Chasing Eden Dude Ranch requires working alongside Dallas wedding planner Devree Malone. And despite fierce resistance, he’s falling hard. Yet with Devree’s business back in the city, can he convince her she’s found her home…with him?
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Question for Readers: So, readers, what kind of cook are you? Do you follow the recipe, or do you get creative?
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