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Chicken Tenders

February 6, 2020 (Last Updated: February 5, 2020)

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Crispy chicken tenders are made with boneless chicken breast and a light crispy breading. These tenders will be your new favorite way to eat chicken! 

A red basket filled with fried chicken strips.

Chicken strips are still one of my daughter’s favorite things to order when we go out.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s not the only thing she orders. She has a wide variety of tastes, but I think this is what she orders when she wants comfort food. I decided to make chicken strips, or chicken tenders last weekend. 

Chicken tenders arranged on a white plate.

Chicken Tenders

Chicken Tenders, also called chicken strips are made with boneless, skinless chicken breasts. You can buy strips already cut into small pieces or you can buy chicken breasts, flatten them out and cut into your own strips. I’ve made these fairly simple with the breading just being flour, panko bread crumbs for extra crunch and seasonings. To make it all stick to the chicken, I used milk and eggs.

Fried

Yep, I fried these chicken tenders. I wanted the crispiest coating I could get and so I went for frying. Don’t worry about these being greasy though. If you fry at the right temperature, the oil does its job and it’s not absorbed into the coating. If you have really greasing chicken, it’s because the oil was too cool. 

Are you wanting baked chicken strips? I have a recipe for baked chicken nuggets that are delicious. 

A chicken strip with a bite out of one end.

What type of sauce do I serve with chicken nuggets?

Pick your favorite:

How long do chicken strips last?

I like these best when they are served hot and fresh. But I have refrigerated leftovers and eaten them cold the next day. My kids like to take the leftovers and reheat in the microwave. Leftover chicken strips are good for up to 3 days if refrigerated. 

How do I make chicken tenders?

  1. Pound chicken breast flat so it is a consistent size
  2. Cut into strips
  3. Pat chicken dry with a paper towel
  4. Dredge chicken into flour  
  5. Dip into egg mixture
  6. Dredge in flour and panko mixture
  7. Fry 
  8. Enjoy!
    Two chicken breasts on a wooden cutting board.1
    Chicken breasts cut into thin strips.2
    Chicken breast dredged in flour.4
    Chicken breast in a bowl filled with mixed eggs.5
    Chicken breast in a panko and flour mixture.6
    Chicken frying in a shallow pan with oil.7

Tips for making chicken tenders

  • Try to keep tenders about the same thickness. This helps with equal cooking times
  • Preheat oil to 350 degrees
  • Cook strips in small batches. Do not overcrowd pan
  • Make certain the temperature comes back to 350 degrees between each batch
  • If needing to keep warm, place chicken strips on a baking rack on top of a baking sheet in a 250 degree oven until ready to serve

Crispy chicken tenders on a plate with a dipping sauce in front of chicken.

What to serve with chicken strips?

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5 from 4 votes
A red basket filled with fried chicken strips.
Chicken Tenders
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
 

Crispy Chicken Tenders made with a light breading of flour, panko crumbs and seasonings

Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chicken strips, Chicken tenders
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 434 kcal
Author: Kathy
Ingredients
Chicken
  • 2 chicken breast
Flour Coating
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
Egg Coating
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
Breading
Cooking
  • 2 cups oil canola or vegetable oil
Instructions
Chicken
  1. Pound chicken breast flat so it is a consistent size

  2. Cut into strips. Pat chicken dry with a paper towe;

Breading
  1. Combine flour and salt together in on bowl

  2. Combine eggs and milk in another bowl

  3. Combine additional flour, salt, panko crumbs, and seasonings in a third bow

Assemble Chicken
  1. Dredge chicken into flour  

  2. Dip into egg mixture

  3. Dredge in flour and panko mixture

Cook
  1. Preheat oil to 350 degrees

  2. Add 3-4 chicken strips to hot oil. Cook for 3-4 minutes per side until golden brown.

  3. Remove and place on a paper towel

  4. Bring oil back to 350 degrees and continue cooking

Recipe Notes

Tips for making chicken tenders

  • Try to keep tenders about the same thickness. This helps with equal cooking times
  • Preheat oil to 350 degrees
  • Cook strips in small batches. Do not overcrowd pan
  • Make certain the temperature comes back to 350 degrees between each batch
  • If needing to keep warm, place chicken strips on a baking rack on top of a baking sheet in a 250 degree oven until ready to serve
Nutrition Facts
Chicken Tenders
Amount Per Serving (3 strips)
Calories 434 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 116mg39%
Sodium 1088mg47%
Potassium 533mg15%
Carbohydrates 32g11%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 31g62%
Vitamin A 389IU8%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 60mg6%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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5 Comments

  • Reply
    Valentina
    February 7, 2020 at 9:44 pm

    5 stars
    If ever there was a perfect chicken strip, this is it! The crispy factor is spot on and the color is beautiful 🙂 ~Valentina

  • Reply
    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    February 7, 2020 at 10:49 am

    5 stars
    Can never go wrong with a plate full of tenders Kathy! Pinned and excited to serve up at our house.

  • Reply
    Dawn - Girl Heart Food
    February 7, 2020 at 7:23 am

    5 stars
    Chicken tenders are always a favourite and homemade is totally the best! These look delicious, Kathy! I could easily have them for dinner or Friday night with just some dip. So golden brown and crispy too – YUM!

  • Reply
    David @ Spiced
    February 6, 2020 at 5:26 am

    5 stars
    Your daughter sounds like my younger sister growing up. No matter where we went out to eat, she would always order chicken strips. It’s amazing she didn’t turn into one! Chicken strips are one of the few things that Robbie will eat, too. We took him out a couple of weeks ago, and he got chicken strips. I might’ve stolen one, and it was awesome. Now I want to make your homemade version! These look delicious, Kathy!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      February 6, 2020 at 5:32 am

      She will order other things too, but it does seem to be her go-to favorite.

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