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A plate of fried city chicken.
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City Chicken

City chicken isn’t actually made with any chicken at all. Tender pieces of pork tenderloin are breaded and fried to golden brown perfection for an easy meal everyone will love!
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time1 hour
Total Time1 hour 20 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: city chicken
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 477kcal
Author: Kasey Schwartz


  • Wooden skewers
  • 9x13 baking dish
  • Aluminum foil
  • large skillet
  • Measuirng spoons
  • Measuring cup


  • 1½ to 2 pounds pork tenderloin, cut into 1 1/2 inch cubes
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 cups Italian seasoned panko breadcrumbs
  • vegetable oil for frying


  • Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
  • Pat the cubes of pork dry with a paper towel, then season with the salt and pepper. Thread 3 to 4 pieces of pork onto each skewer.
    1½ to 2 pounds pork tenderloin, cut into 1 1/2 inch cubes, 2 teaspoons kosher salt, ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Prepare three separate bowls for coating the skewers, one with the flour and garlic powder, one with the beaten egg, and another with the breadcrumbs. Working one at a time, dredge the skewers in the flour mixture, shaking off the excess, followed by the egg, then the breadcrumbs.
    ½ cup all-purpose flour, 2 teaspoons garlic powder, 2 eggs, lightly beaten, 2 cups Italian seasoned panko breadcrumbs
  • In a large skillet over medium high heat, add the vegetable oil to a depth of about 1 inch. Once the oil has heated through, fry the skewers in batches, being careful not to crowd the pan. Turn the skewers halfway through and cook until golden brown, about 3 to 4 minutes per side.
    vegetable oil for frying
  • Arrange the skewers in a 9 x 13 baking dish, then cover with aluminum foil and bake for 45 to 50 minutes. Remove the foil and continue to bake for another 10 to 12 minutes until cooked through. If using a meat thermometer, the meat will reach an internal temperature of 145ºF when done. Remove to a plate and serve.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 477kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 44g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 192mg | Sodium: 1503mg | Potassium: 796mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 124IU | Vitamin C: 0.02mg | Calcium: 83mg | Iron: 4mg