These crisp Breaded Chicken Tenders are the kind you'll pay top dollar for at a restaurant. The flavorful breading is the key and they're seasoned perfectly. Serve them as an entrée for dinner or with a choice of dipping sauces as an appetizer at your next casual party. Either way, they won't last long.
Breaded Chicken Tenders
There are few dining establishments that don't offer fried chicken in some form on the menu. Chicken tenders in particular, are a favorite with both of my boys. Of course they must be accompanied by plenty of comeback sauce, barbecue sauce or homemade honey mustard like this recipe from Budget Bytes for dipping. In the interest of full disclosure, I must admit I really love them, too. I often make them at home for my kids and it always makes them uber happy to come to the supper table.
The Buttermilk Brine Makes the Difference
It's classic in the south to brine chicken wither in salted water, seasoned broths or buttermilk. Some like to brine their chicken in sweet tea. A few pointers for making this recipe:
- I like to soak the tenderloins in a buttermilk brine, then dredge them in a homemade seasoned flour and fry. Preferably in peanut oil but canola or vegetable oil will work.
- After breading, if you'll take the time to pop them into the fridge to rest for an hour or so it will allow the breading to cling more evenly to the chicken pieces.
- Fry the tenders until crispy and golden then they're ready to serve as an appetizer or entrée with your favorite dipping sauces.
Other Fried Chicken Recipes To Try
Fried chicken whether it's fried in the traditional way or faux "fried" in the oven is always a tasty addition to the menu.
- My oven fried Breaded Chicken Fingers.
- Cut calories with my Air Fryer Southern Fried Chicken.
- Skip the drive thru and make Crispy Chicken Sandwiches even better at home.
- Bring the heat to meal time with these Nashville Hot Chicken Strips.
Fried until crispy and golden these chicken tenders are irresistible!
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Helpful Kitchen Items:
Breaded Chicken Tenders
- 3 lb chicken tenders
- 1 cup buttermilk
- few dashes hot sauce
- 1 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
- 2 cup self-rising flour
- 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne
- ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
- 4 cups peanut or vegetable oil for frying
- Place the chicken tenders, buttermilk, hot sauce and 1 teaspoon of kosher salt in a plastic bag. Seal tightly and store in the fridge to marinate for 4 hours or overnight.
- To prepare: Mix the flour and seasonings together on a plate.
- Remove the chicken tenders from the marinade letting the excess drip off. Roll in the flour coating and place onto a cookie sheet fitted with a rack. After dredging all of the pieces once, repeat giving them a second coating. Press the flour onto the chicken pieces. Chill uncovered for 1 hour.
- Heat the oil to 350°-360°F in a deep pot or dutch oven. Cook the chicken tenders in batches for 4-5 minutes depending on the thickness, until golden and cooked through. Adjust the cooking time according to size.
- Remove to a paper towel lined tray to drain. Season immediately with additional seasoned salt. Rest for 5 minutes, then serve with your favorite dipping sauce.
DIdnt know you could buy "chicken tenders." Where? Always had to cut the, from skinless ckn breasts.
I can pick them up almost anywhere. Including our local grocery stores, Costco, Sam's and beyond. Chicken breasts work, too.
Now that is Chicken Tenders done right, my son would love these!
I can batter them perfectly, but I always overcook so they come out too dry. Is 5 mins really all you cook them for?
Depending on the size of the pieces, yes. Smaller may take less and larger may take more time.
This is basically how I do all my fried chicken. I do add a few crushed garlic cloves to the brine along with the hot sauce. Personal preference. Love your recipes!
Thanks Laureen, I guess you never outgrow chicken tenders.
Garlic is never a bad idea sounds great!
Thank you Stephanie!
Stephanie @ Plain Chicken
These look fantastic! Can't wait to try them.