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Spicy Garlic Chicken Tender Salad

There’s nothing better than a delicious meal without a lot of fuss. We love to cook at home, and crispy chicken is one of my favorite dinner entrees. Over time, however, we get tired of the same ol’ chicken recipes. We recently started using corn starch to make the crispiest chicken ever, and you’re going to love it! If you want to surprise your family with a deliciously airy chicken dish, keep reading!

Corn starch helps you prepare the crispiest chicken and is your secret ingredient in your next dish! When you add corn starch to crispy coating batters, you can upgrade your mealtime. There are also MANY uses of Corn Starch beyond chicken, but you can make the crispiest chicken too!

What is Corn Starch?

Corn Starch is usually used as a thickening agent for sauces and soups, and it is also used in Asian dishes like stir fry. When you use it in your batter for fried chicken, it offers a crunchy and beautiful browned exterior while sealing in the juices of your chicken. It’s also naturally gluten-free and is often the binding agent in baked goods.

For an easy dinner idea, we wanted to make fried chicken tenders at home. We love stopping at restaurants and grabbing some to go, but it’s so much more fun to cook at home (plus, it saves money too!).

If making a salad, use 1 package of spinach leaves, hard-boiled eggs, 2 tomatoes, and a cup of queso fresca cheese crumbled.

Yield: 2

Crispy Chicken Salad

Crispy Chicken Salad


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup Corn Starch
  • 4 teaspoons ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons Argo® Baking Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 3/4 cup cold water
  • 10 cups canola oil
  • 1 package of chicken tenderloins
  • If making a salad, use 1 package of spinach leaves, hard-boiled eggs, 2 tomatoes, and a cup of queso fresca cheese crumbled.


    1. In a large bowl, combine flour, cornstarch, baking powder, salt, pepper, paprika until combined with a whisk. Slowly add in the water and whisk until smooth. Let the batter sit at room temperature for 15 minutes. Make sure you get out all the lumps.
    2. Heat oil in a large pot. Transfer chicken into the batter and carefully add to the heated up oil. Fry the chicken and make sure to keep watch over the heat. You may have to adjust the burner as necessary. Since these are chicken tenders, cook time may be less than you're used to for fried chicken pieces. Wait at least five to seven minutes and check for doneness.
    3. When cooked, let dry on paper towels.
    4. If you want to create a salad, top spinach with cooked chicken tenders. Add your favorite toppings, but I suggest sliced tomatoes, queso fresca cheese crumbled, and a hard-boiled egg. Add your favorite dressing (ranch is great!), and enjoy.



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