Chicken tenders fresh from the fryer are awesome. Ever had one? If not, and you have only had previously frozen or even baked chicken tenders, it’s not the same. Of course, the downside to making yummier chicken tenders is consumption level increases, so make extra and get your stretch pants on. Go all out and grab your honey mustard dipping sauce too. I made 12 the other day and ran out before everyone got their fill. Why the heck was I thinking my one year old would only eat one tender?

Crispy Chicken Tenders: Recipe Highlights

The key to getting them nice and crunchy, other than frying them, is to follow the assembly line of flour, eggs, then breading. Line it up and make it easier on yourself, and mess-free. It’s just like “shake & bake,” but I helped.

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Crispy Chicken Tenders

Holly McCarthy
Crunchy and juicy chicken tenders that take 15 minutes of prep and 10 minutes to cook. Stop buying frozen chicken, it doesn’t compare.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Servings 6


  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 12 chicken tenderloins
  • 2 cups panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 gallon oil however much your fryer requires
  • 1/4 cup water


  • Rinse and pat dry the chicken tenderloins. Set aside.
  • Gather a bowl, a large plate (I use a pie plate), and a gallon size zip bag.
  • Preheat the oil in a large skillet (1-1.5” high) on med/low heat or in a deep fryer according to the manufacturer's instructions. About 350-degrees F.
  • In the bowl, add the eggs and water. Whisk until well blended.
  • On the large plate, add the flour.
  • In zip bag, add panko crumbs, salt, black pepper, onion powder, paprika, garlic powder, and Italian seasoning.

Assembly Line

  • One at a time using tongs, dredge the chicken tenders into the flour coating it completely.
  • After coating the chicken with flour, dip the chicken into the egg mixture.
  • Place the chicken into the zip bag containing the panko crumbs and shake. Completely coat the chicken with the panko crumbs.
  • Continue through the assembly line using each chicken tender.
  • Place the chicken tenders in the preheated oil. Cook each tender for 2-4 minutes. The breading will be golden brown.
  • Place each fried chicken tender onto a paper bag or on paper towels to absorb excess oil.
  • Serve warm with ranch, BBQ sauce, teriyaki sauce, honey, blue cheese, mayo, hot sauce, etc. Possibilities are endless.


Watch the heat. If your breading starts to brown in less than three minutes, consider turning the heat down. The chicken could still be raw in the middle, even though the breading is finished on the outside if it's not cooked long enough.

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