Fried to crispy perfection, this chicken tenders recipe adds plenty of flavor to an already popular dish that everyone will love dipping in their favorite sauce.
Prep Time1 hourhr10 minutesmins
Cook Time25 minutesmins
Total Time1 hourhr35 minutesmins
Course: Main Course
Keyword: Chicken Tenders Recipe
2poundsboneless skinless chicken breast tenders,or 4 medium-size boneless skinless chicken breasts sliced into tenders
2cupsall-purpose flour,spooned and leveled
1teaspooncracked black pepper
dipping sauce of your choice,optional - try our copycat Chick Fil A sauce
Add the buttermilk and sriracha to a small mixing bowl and whisk to combine.
Place the chicken breast tenders in either a gallon-size Ziploc or a disposable 1-gallon container with a lid. Pour the buttermilk mixture over the chicken breast tenders. Chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
Add the flour, cornstarch, kosher salt, pepper, onion powder, baking powder, and smoked paprika to a large shallow mixing bowl. Whisk to combine. Set it aside.
In a medium-sized shallow mixing bowl, add the eggs and beat with a fork.
Add the vegetable oil to a 5 to 6-quart dutch oven and heat on high until the oil reaches 350°F.
Line a separate baking dish or large platter with paper towels to drain the cooked tenders.
Using tongs, remove the marinated chicken tenders, one at a time, and dredge in the flour mixture.
Next, dredge in the beaten egg, and then dredge once more in the flour mixture. Discard the buttermilk marinade once all of the tenders are removed. Do not reuse the buttermilk mixture.
Place the dredged chicken in the heated oil and cook for 4 to 5 minutes, until golden brown. Cook up to 4 to 5 tenders at a time. Keep a close eye on the oil, if the oil temperature becomes too high, reduce the heat to medium-high or medium.
Once the chicken tenders are golden brown, place them on the paper towels to drain. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce or white gravy.
This is not a “small” kid-friendly meal as it has a spicy breading. Of course, that is up to you since you know what your little ones like.
It is not a must, but it is very helpful to use a thermometer for the oil temperature. This will help keep your oil at the correct and safe temperature.
For perfectly fried chicken pieces, maintain a decent depth of oil and the proper oil temperature of 350°F for best results.
When removing the chicken from the pot, use a slotted spoon to make sure you drain as much oil as possible before transferring it to the plate.