Buttermilk Fried Chicken Tenders Recipe

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Terrance Sims Modified: March 24, 2022
Buttermilk Fried Chicken Tenders Recipe

How To Make Buttermilk Fried Chicken Tenders

These chicken tenders are marinated in spiced buttermilk, breaded and fried until they’re deliciously crispy outside and tenderly juicy inside.

Preparation: 15 minutes
Cooking: 15 minutes
Refrigerate Time: 4 hours
Total: 4 hours 30 minutes



For Marinade:

  • 2lbschicken tenderloins
  • 1cupbuttermilk
  • tspsalt
  • ¼tspcayenne pepper
  • ¼tspgarlic powder
  • ¼tsppaprika

For Breading:

  • cupsall purpose flour
  • tspbaking powder
  • 1tspsalt,(heaping)
  • ¾tspblack pepper
  • ¾tspgarlic powder
  • ¾tsppaprika
  • 3tbspbuttermilk
  • 4cupsvegetable oil,for cooking


  1. In a large sealable, combine the chicken tenders with the remaining marinade ingredients. Seal the bag tightly and massage the chicken until it is evenly coated with buttermilk and seasoning.

  2. Place in a bowl (in case of leakage) and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or up to 24 hours.

  3. In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and paprika. Whisk until well blended, then add the buttermilk and stir with a fork until the mixture is evenly clumpy.

  4. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil for easy cleanup. Remove the chicken tenders from the marinade a few at a time and toss into the breading mixture. Be sure to press the chicken firmly into the breading so clumps adhere to the meat.

  5. Set breaded tenders on the prepared baking sheet.

  6. Line another baking sheet with a few layers of paper towels and set next to the stove. Add oil to a large, high-sided pot until the level reaches about ¾-inch.

  7. Heat over medium-high heat until oil is shimmering.

  8. Using tongs, place several chicken tenders in the hot oil without crowding the pan. Cook until golden brown on the bottom side, a few minutes, then flip and cook until the second side is also golden, a few minutes more.

  9. Set the cooked tenders on the paper towel-lined baking sheet to drain. Fry remaining tenders in batches adjusting the heat as necessary (if the tenders are browning too fast, lower the heat). Serve hot.


  • Calories: 2783.14kcal
  • Fat: 260.94g
  • Saturated Fat: 22.47g
  • Trans Fat: 1.72g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 176.20g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 46.15g
  • Carbohydrates: 75.00g
  • Fiber: 4.20g
  • Sugar: 4.54g
  • Protein: 40.94g
  • Cholesterol: 95.90mg
  • Sodium: 1335.14mg
  • Calcium: 266.05mg
  • Potassium: 677.27mg
  • Iron: 5.15mg
  • Vitamin A: 26.83µg
  • Vitamin C: 2.64mg
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