Fried Chicken Tenders

Use this seasoned flour mixture and double breading process to create the perfect fried chicken tenders.

Perfectly seasoned Fried Chicken Tenders- a delicious and easy weeknight meal!

One of my favorite meals to make at the fire station has got to be these fried chicken tenders. I love the double breading on them. However, with that delicious double breading comes very dirty fingers.  It is best if you have a pair of disposable gloves on hand (pun intended) because if you catch a call or your kids need something it takes a minute to get the wet, uncooked breading off your fingers. 

Perfectly seasoned Fried Chicken Tenders- a delicious and easy weeknight meal!

Depending on how many people you are cooking this fried chicken for, you might have to change the oil halfway to three-quarters of the way through because the excess flour mixture that falls off tends to burn at the bottom of the pan. I know I have tried to make a large batch of these with one cast iron skillet of oil and it was pretty dark by the end of it all. Granted I was cooking for 8 to 9 firefighters, so we had prepared a few chicken breasts. We also typically use two large cast iron skillets to cut down on cook time. When the chicken is done we will make a couple of batches of fries, tossing some chopped up onions in at the last minute to give the fries a little more flavor.  (Serve with this delicious fry sauce for dipping- great with the tenders, too!)

Perfectly seasoned Fried Chicken Tenders- a delicious and easy weeknight meal!

Fried Chicken Tenders

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Perfectly seasoned Fried Chicken Tenders- a delicious and easy weeknight meal!


  • 3 chicken breasts cut into roughly 1/2in strips
  • 2 cups of flour
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1-2 tbsp kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp black pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • Vegetable oil depends on size of pan


  1. Add enough vegetable oil to a large skillet to fill half way and heat to 350 degrees. (You want the tenders to float, but be careful not to add too much oil so that the pan doesn't overflow when the chicken is added.)
  2. Cut the chicken into roughly 1/2 inch strips.
  3. Mix all dry ingredients into a large bowl.
  4. Whisk eggs and milk in a separate bowl.
  5. Dredge each chicken tender into egg wash, immediately toss in seasoned flour mixture.
  6. Repeat previous step to achieve double batter on six chicken strips.
  7. Immediately place each strip into the hot oil and cook for roughly 5 minutes, rotating occasionally for an even cook. (The breading should be a nice golden brown color and the chicken thoroughly cooked.)
  8. Repeat with remaining chicken tenders.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 526Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 264mgSodium: 3640mgCarbohydrates: 58gFiber: 3gSugar: 7gProtein: 42g

Nutrition data is calculated automatically by a database and provided as a courtesy. 911 DAD makes no guarantees about the accuracy. Use at your own discretion.

James Bruno

James is a full-time firefighter/paramedic living in Texas with his wife, Emily of, and their four kids. When not at the fire station, James is a hands-on dad who enjoys playing with his kids and working around the house. 911 DAD is your first call for help with all things tech, travel, food, and family.

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