Buffalo Chicken Tenders

Buffalo Chicken Tenders

Our Buffalo Chicken Tenders are a crispy, spicy treat that makes a great appetizer or light meal. This recipe is simple and easy to make with a classic buttermilk egg soak, light fry, and then finished with our homemade spicy buffalo sauce. We love to serve these tenders with our Blue Cheese Dip Recipe.

These Buffalo Chicken Tenders are addicting!

Ingredients for Tenders

  • Chicken Breasts, cut into tender strips
  • Buttermilk
  • Egg
  • Italian bread crumbs
  • Canola oil

Ingredients for Spicy Buffalo Sauce

  • Frank’s Original Hot Sauce
  • Butter
  • Olive oil

How do you make Buffalo Chicken Tenders from scratch?

What are Buffalo Chicken Tenders anyway? They are a modern day classic appetizer of buttermilk soaked extra crispy chicken tenders dredged in homemade buffalo sauce.

We use a three step process. First, soak the tenders in buttermilk and egg, and chill. Second, coat in bread crumbs and lightly fry. The last step is tossing them in the our homemade spicy buffalo sauce.

Step 1 and 2 – Preparing and Cooking Tenders

  • In a medium bowl beat egg, add buttermilk, and blend together.
  • Add chicken tenders to the mixture. Chill and marinate for a minimum of 2 hours.
  • Add Italian bread crumbs to a shallow bowl. Coat each chicken tender on all sides, pressing in bread crumbs to cover well.
  • In a large non-stick frying pan add canola oil. The oil should be 1/4 inch deep. Bring to medium high heat.
  • Gently place coated chicken tenders in hot oil. Cook on each side for 3-4 minutes. Turn and cook for an additional 3-4 minutes until golden brown. The length of cooking time depends on the thickness of the chicken tenders. Cook in batches so the pan is not crowded.
  • Place cooked tenders on a plate covered with paper towels to drain, while you finish cooking in batches.
  • When the cooking is complete place chicken in a large bowl or bag.

Step 3 – Making Buffalo Sauce

  • In a separate saucepan melt butter on low heat.
  • Once melted add olive oil and Frank’s Hot Sauce.
  • Mix with a pastry brush until thoroughly blended and smooth.
  • Pour warm hot sauce over the cooked chicken tenders and toss in bowl or bag, or use a pastry brush to coat tenders with sauce.
  • Serve with Blue Cheese Dip and carrot and celery garnishes.

What is the difference between chicken tenders and strips?

The tenders are the outside cut of the chicken breast. It is the most tender cut of the breast. Strips are the remaining cuts of the breast and tend to be less tender.

Tips for making Chicken Tenders Crispy and Spicy

  • The secret to crispy chicken tenders is the buttermilk egg soak. At a minimum, we recommend 2 hours. However, you can marinate longer, even overnight.
  • After soaking, coat each piece in the bread crumbs, patting the bread crumbs several times onto the chicken. These two steps together will make for great crispy chicken.
  • Lightly fry the chicken tenders on medium high heat. Cooking 3 – 4 minutes on each side depending on the thickness of the chicken. Turn only once. This will keep chicken tender and juicy.

What sides go well with Buffalo Chicken Tenders?

We like to serve Chicken Tenders with our homemade Blue Cheese Dip. With just a few ingredients it is easy to make. We make the dip ahead of time to let the flavors blend.

Try Buffalo Chicken Tenders with these additional sides

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Buffalo Chicken Tenders

Our Buffalo Chicken Tenders are a crispy spicy treat that make a great appetizer or light meal. This recipe is simple to make with a buttermilk soak and then tossed with a spicy buffalo sauce.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Buttermilk egg soak time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 28 mins
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack, snacks
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 301kcal

Ingredients

Buffalo Sauce

  • ¾ cup Frank's Original Hot Sauce
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Chicken Tenders

  • 2 large chicken breasts, cut into large strips
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1 cup Italian bread crumbs
  • canola oil ¼ inch in frying pan

Instructions

Cooking Tenders

  • In a medium bowl beat egg, add buttermilk, and blend together.
  • Add chicken tenders to the mixture. Chill and marinate for a minimum of 2 hours.
  • Add Italian bread crumbs to a shallow bowl. Coat each Chicken Tenders on all sides, pressing bread crumbs to cover well.
  • In a large non-stick frying pan add canola oil. The oil should be 1/4-inch deep. Bring to medium-high heat.
  • Gently place coated chicken tenders in hot oil. Cook on each side for 3 to 4 minutes. Turn and cook for an additional 3 to 4 minutes, until golden brown. The length of cooking time depends on the thickness of the chicken tenders. Cook in batches so the pan is not crowded.
  • Place cooked tenders on a plate that is covered with paper towels to drain, while you finish cooking in batches.
  • When cooking is complete place chicken in a large bowl or bag.

Making Buffalo Sauce

  • In a separate saucepan melt the butter on low heat.
  • Once melted add olive oil and Frank's Hot Sauce.
  • Mix with a pastry brush until thoroughly blended and smooth.
  • Pour warm sauce over the cooked chicken tenders and toss in bowl or bag or use pastry brush to coat tenders.
  • Serve with Blue Cheese Dip and garnishes

Notes

Our homemade Blue Cheese Dip is perfect for dipping these Buffalo Tenders!

Nutrition

Calories: 301kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 78mg | Sodium: 1955mg | Potassium: 543mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 161IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 108mg | Iron: 2mg

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