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Red Velvet Battered Chicken Fingers

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Red Velvet Battered Chicken Fingers
  • Prep Time 30 min
  • Total Time 30 min
  • Servings 12
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Red Velvet Battered Chicken Fingers

Chicken tenders dipped in a sweet vibrant red velvet cake batter and fried to perfection.

Ingredients

12
chicken tenderloins
1 1/2
cups flour
Pinch of salt
1 1/2
tablespoon baking powder
1/4
cup powdered sugar
2
tablespoons cocoa powder
1 2/3
cups milk
1
teaspoon vanilla extract
1
ounce red food coloring
1
egg
5
large ice cubes
Extra flour
Oil for frying

Directions

  • 1 Whisk the wet ingredients very well.
  • 2 Mix the dry ingredients together.
  • 3 Add the ice to the wet ingredients, then pour it into the dry ingredients. Mix until combined.
  • 4 Sprinkle the chicken with salt, dredge in flour, dip in the batter, and fry at 350°F for 5 minutes until chicken is fully cooked.
  • 5 Serve with some sauces, I preferred honey mustard.
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Red Velvet Battered Chicken Fingers

As prepared by The Food in my Beard,

Red velvet may seem like a strange coating for chicken, but the flavors actually go really well together!


This batter is a modified funnel cake recipe with elements of red velvet cake. The only question was, “What do we dip it in?” I tried BBQ sauce, ranch, and even a simple royal icing. The real winner was a honey Dijon dressing because the contrast of sweet and savory was prevalent in both the chicken fingers and the dip.

The friends I served this to were very skeptical of the idea, (and so was I after my first recipe attempt failed), but in the end everyone agreed that the Red Velvet Battered Chicken Fingers recipe was a great success. And it was lots of fun to make and eat!

Red Velvet Battered Chicken Fingers recipe

The batter is fairly easy to make, but the important thing here is to make it at the very end when the oil and chicken are already ready to go.

Red Velvet Battered Chicken Fingers recipe

Salt the chicken and dredge it in flour to help the batter stick.

Red Velvet Battered Chicken Fingers recipe

Dip in batter next.

Red Velvet Battered Chicken Fingers recipe

Then drop it right in the hot oil! Fry about 5 minutes, flipping if needed.

Red Velvet Battered Chicken Fingers recipe

Set to cool. Salt immediately.

Red Velvet Battered Chicken Fingers recipe

The chicken fingers had the same texture as they do at Chinese takeout in the area, but with a much different flavor…red velvet cake!

Red Velvet Battered Chicken Fingers recipe

The red velvet taste isn't really in your face though, it’s more subtle – with hints of sweetness, chocolate, and vanilla.

Red Velvet Battered Chicken Fingers recipe

Couldn't decide what to dip it in, so I used all three options. BBQ sauce, ranch, and honey Dijon.

Red Velvet Battered Chicken Fingers



Dan Whalen makes an exception to his anti food coloring stance for red velvet and red velvet only. See him color food the natural way at his website The Food In My Beard; check Dan’s Tablespoon Profile often to try his recipes with creative international spins!








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