Homemade Chicken Tempura

Serves 4.
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Homemade Chicken Tempura
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Perfectly fried chicken tempura strips are easy to make at home with these simple tricks and techniques!


1 lb chicken breasts, sliced thin
1 large egg
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup club soda
1 1/2 - 2 cups cake flour
Corn starch, for dusting
2 quarts oil, for frying
Chili garlic sauce, for dipping
Soy sauce, for dipping


1) Preheat oil in a deep fryer or in a large pot until it reaches 350 degrees F.

2) Slice chicken into thin strips. Dust chicken in corn starch.

3) In a large bowl, add egg, salt, and club soda and mix together with chop sticks. Add in cake flour in 1/2 cup batches and use chopsticks to lightly stir it together. It’s okay if there are clumps. Finished batter should be a thin pancake batter consistency. Don’t over-mix it.

4) Dunk dusted chicken in tempura batter and then drag each piece through the oil so it cooks slightly before letting it go. Don’t just drop them in the oil or they will sink to the bottom and stick. Cook the chicken in batches for 4-5 minutes until they are golden brown and cooked through. Test a thicker piece to make sure they are done.

Drain chicken tempura on some paper towels and serve as an appetizer or over rice as a meal with soy sauce and chili garlic sauce.