Tip: If you don't have a thermometer, you can test the oil by dipping a bamboo skewer into the oil. Make sure it touches the bottom of the pan. If you immediately see bubbles coming up against the skewer, the oil is ready. Drop the temperature from medium high to medium and do a test batch with one chicken tender. The tenders shouldn't brown immediately. If they do, the oil is too hot. Lower the oil and wait a few minutes before testing another chicken tender.