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Japanese Tempura Batter for Chicken Fingers

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recipe is ready in under 30 minutes time: under 30 minutes

serves/makes:   4


recipe id: 3813
cook method: stovetop

Japanese Tempura Batter for Chicken Fingers Recipe
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1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 egg
1 cup water
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
vegetable oil, for deep frying


Stir the flour and baking powder together in a medium bowl. Whisk the egg, water, and oil in a separate bowl, just until blended. Stir the egg mixture into the dry ingredients until a slightly lumpy batter forms. The batter should be thick enough to coat the chicken fingers. Let the batter rest for 10 minutes.

Pour enough oil into a 2 qt. saucepan to 2" deep. Heat over medium heat until 350 degrees F. Dip the chicken into the batter and then immediately into the hot oil. Deep fry until the batter is golden brown and the chicken is cooked through. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on a rack or on paper towel.


192 calories, 5 grams fat, 30 grams carbohydrates, 6 grams protein per serving.
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My husband and I make this when we have home made Chinese food. We love it!

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My husband loved it. Tried it with thin strips of chicken. When I rested the batter for 10 minutes, I actually put the chicken strips in and soaked it with it. My first batch of chicken had light and crispy batter when I shook the excess batter off. My second batch had a thicker batter coz I was just in a hurry and didn't bother shaking some of the batter off. The recipe's a keeper if you want your own home cooked batter.

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I've used this batter with cod, shrimp, and chicken and it works great. I'm going to try it with vegetables too.

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Its is very easy to make

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awesome recipe

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I used this with shrimp and it was excellent!

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Member since: November 18, 2011
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Amazing recipe! Exactly what I was looking for. I made orange sauce with tempura chicken and it was seriously awesome! Thanks for the recipe :)

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