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KFC Tenders Recipe (Copycat)

KFC Tenders Recipe (Copycat)

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Savor spice-packed bites in this copycat KFC tenders recipe for perfectly deep-fried chicken that's marinated in buttermilk and hot sauce.

Prep: 10 mins
Marinate: 30 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Total: 1 hr


  • 4 chicken breasts, boneless, skinless
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp hot sauce
  • 1⁄8 tsp garlic powder
  • 1⁄8 tsp paprika
  • ¾ tsp pepper
  • tsp salt
  • 1⁄8 tsp baking powder
  • canola oil, for frying


  1. Cut each chicken breast into 4 tenders.
  2. Have the marinade previously prepared by mixing the hot sauce and buttermilk in a bowl.
  3. Put the chicken tenders in the marinade and let them soak for 30 minutes.

  4. Beat the eggs in a bowl. Mix the flour and spices in a separate bowl.

  5. Dip the marinated chicken tenders in the flour and spice mixture, in the bowl with eggs, and once again in the flour and spice mixture.
  6. Shake off any excess flour before placing the tenders on a baking sheet. Do this with each chicken tender.
  7. Add canola oil in a dutch oven, around 3-inch deep, and heat it to 350 degrees F.

  8. Place the chicken tenders in the heated oil and fry for 5 to 7 minutes until golden brown.

  9. Serve and enjoy!


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