- For the Chicken:
- 40 butter flavored crackers (I use Ritz)
- 1 cup flour
- 2½ tsp. salt
- 1½ tsp. black pepper
- ½ heaping tsp. garlic powder
- ½ heaping tsp. onion powder
- 2 tsp. smoked paprika
- 2 eggs
- 3 tbsp. milk
- 2 lbs. chicken tenderloins (about 12 to 16 pieces depending on the size)
- Cooking spray
- 2½ cups canola oil
- For the Sweet Pepper Relish Dip:
- ¾ cup sweet pepper relish
- ⅛ cup sour cream
- ⅛ cup mayonnaise
- ⅛ cup ketchup
- Place crackers in a large plastic bag. Lightly smash into coarse crumbs using a rolling pin or the bottom of a sturdy cup, being careful not to take it to the powder stage. Place on a plate or a wide shallow bowl.
- Combine flour, salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika in a plate or a wide shallow bowl. Blend well with a fork. In wide shallow bowl, add eggs and milk. Whisk thoroughly.
- To bread chicken: Dip into flour mixture, shaking off excess. Dip in egg mixture. Next, dip into cracker crumbs, patting crumbs onto chicken. Place on a flat surface. Continue breading the remaining chicken.
- Place oil in a medium frying pan or heavy bottom saucepan. Preheat to 360 degrees F. Whatever size pan you use, make sure to add enough oil to cover at least ¾-inch deep.
- Spray a coat of cooking spray on tenders. This will help the top layer of flour adhere. Pour some of the left over flour mixture into a fine mesh strainer. Shake on a light coat of the flour over tenders, just enough to cover all of the crumbs. Turn chicken over and coat with cooking spray. Shake on flour mixture flour.
- Place about 4 tenders into the hot oil. Don’t pack theme in too tight. Cook about 3 to 5 minutes total, depending on the size, turning over once. Done when the outside is golden brown or when there is no pink in the center when sliced through. Place on paper towels to drain off oil. Continue cooking the remaining chicken.
- To make sauce, combine red pepper relish, sour cream, mayonnaise, and ketchup in a small bowl. Serve alongside chicken tenders. Best eaten immediately—the coating will lose crispiness when stored.
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