Jake Smollett

Tangerine Chicken Tenders

Jake Smollett
Tangerine Chicken Tenders


1 cup tangerine juice

3 1/2 TBSP soy sauce

1 TBSP sesame oil

1 TBSP finely chopped ginger

4 cloves chopped garlic

2 TBSP pure applesauce

1 TBSP siracha

1 TBSP honey

1/2 TBSP flour (for thickening)



8 chicken tenderloins


1-cup flour

2 cups vegetable oil (for frying)



In a medium pot combine all of your tangerine sauce ingredients except for the flour and stir together and cook on a medium-high heat until smooth flavorful and thick. Once the sauce is cooked strain out the garlic and ginger tidbits. After you strain the sauce pour it back into the pot and add in 1/2 tablespoon of flour and let thicken on a high heat for about 2 minutes or until thick. Let the sauce sit while you fry your chicken. In a medium skillet on high heat add 2 cups of vegetable oil and let it reach a high temperature. I don't use a thermometer to check my oil temperature I just sprinkle a little flour in the oil and if it sizzles its ready! In a large bowl salt your chicken tenderloins and coat in flour. Once the chicken is breaded start frying them for about 5-7 minutes each side or until golden brown. Once the chicken is done remove from the oil and drain on paper towel. In a large bowl toss your fried chicken in that delicious tangerine sauce coating all the chicken pieces. Top the chicken with green onions and sliced tangerine peels. Served with rice is awesome too!