Buttermilk Chicken Tenders

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Buttermilk Chicken Tenders
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cast iron sillet

For a classic crispy chicken tender, try these Buttermilk Chicken Tenders! Easy to make and perfect for the kiddos. For the adults, I serve them with a side of spicy honey dip!


1 1/2-2 pounds chicken breasts, sliced
2 cups buttermilk
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
2 cups canola or vegetable oil, for frying

Hot Honey:

1/4 cup honey
1 tablespoon hot sauce


  1. In a medium bowl whisk together buttermilk with 1 teaspoon salt and pepper. Cut chicken breasts into thin strips that are about 3 inches long. Add strips to buttermilk and let chill for an hour in the fridge.
  2. When ready to fry, whisk together all-purpose flour with salt, pepper, baking powder, garlic powder, paprika, Italian seasoning. Scoop out a few tablespoons of buttermilk from the marinade and drizzle it into the flour to form clumps.
  3. Remove chicken strips, letting extra buttermilk drip off. Add to flour mix and coat well. Transfer to a plate or baking sheet to rest while you bread the rest of the chicken tenders.
  4. When all chicken tenders are breaded, heat about two cups of oil in a sturdy skillet over medium-high heat. The oil only needs to go up 1/2-inch or so in the pan. Heat until the oil is 350˚ F or a pinch of flour sizzles immediately in the oil.
  5. Fry the chicken tenders in batches, not to crowd the pan, until they are golden brown on all sides, 3-4 minutes per side. Test a tender by cutting it in half or use a thermometer to test the internal temperature of a larger chicken tender (should be 165˚ F.)
  6. Remove cooked chicken tenders from skillet and add to a plate with paper towel to drain. Serve with dips of your choicing!