Buffalo Chicken Tenders
Buffalo Chicken Tenders
5 from 3 votes
Take your chicken tenders to the next level with this irresistible Buffalo Chicken Tenders recipe. Dive into a culinary adventure with the perfect blend of spices and a kick of hot sauce. Suitable for both beginners and seasoned cooks, this dish offers multiple variations to suit every palate.
Buffalo Chicken Tenders

Buffalo chicken tenders, a beloved classic in the world of comfort food, bring together the crispy goodness of fried chicken with the fiery kick of Buffalo sauce.

Originating from Buffalo, New York, this dish has become a staple in households and restaurants alike, thanks to its irresistible combination of flavors and textures.

While it may seem daunting to recreate this restaurant favorite at home, fear not, for I’ve crafted a simple yet delicious recipe that even beginner cooks can master. With a few basic ingredients and easy-to-follow steps, you’ll be enjoying crispy, spicy Buffalo chicken tenders in no time.

Expert Tip: Use a deep-frying thermometer to ensure the oil reaches the correct temperature before frying the chicken tenders. This helps prevent them from becoming greasy.


Chicken Tenders: These tender cuts of chicken provide juicy, flavorful bites.

Plain Flour: Coats the chicken tenders, helping to create a crispy outer layer when fried.

Paprika: Adds a subtle smokiness and vibrant color to the flour coating.

Garlic Powder and Onion Powder: Infuse the chicken with savory flavor notes.

Salt and Black Pepper: Season the flour mixture and enhance the overall taste of the dish.

Eggs: Act as a binding agent, helping the breadcrumbs adhere to the chicken.

Breadcrumbs: Create a crunchy crust on the chicken tenders when fried.

Butter: Forms the base of the Buffalo sauce, adding richness and depth of flavor.

Hot Sauce: Provides the signature spicy kick to the Buffalo sauce.

Worcestershire Sauce: Adds complexity and umami flavor to the sauce.

White Vinegar: Balances the heat of the hot sauce with a touch of acidity.

Cayenne Pepper (Optional): Increases the heat level for those who like it extra spicy.

Expert Tip: For extra crispy chicken tenders, double coat them by dipping them once in the seasoned flour, then in the egg mixture, and finally in the breadcrumbs.

Serving Suggestions

  • Serve the Buffalo chicken tenders hot and fresh from the fryer for optimal crispiness.
  • Accompany with a side of ranch or blue cheese dressing for dipping.
  • Pair with celery sticks and carrot sticks to balance the heat of the Buffalo sauce.
  • Serve on a platter for game day gatherings or casual parties, allowing guests to help themselves to this crowd-pleasing snack.

Expert Tip: If you prefer a thicker sauce, simmer the Buffalo sauce for a few minutes after combining the ingredients to allow it to reduce and thicken slightly.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I bake the chicken tenders instead of frying them?

Yes, you can bake the chicken tenders in a preheated oven at 200°C (400°F) for 20-25 minutes, flipping halfway through, for a healthier alternative.

Can I use chicken breast instead of chicken tenders?

Absolutely! You can slice chicken breast into strips to make chicken tenders or use pre-cut chicken breast tenderloins.

How spicy is the Buffalo sauce?

The spiciness of the Buffalo sauce can be adjusted according to your preference by varying the amount of hot sauce used. Start with less hot sauce for a milder flavor and add more for extra heat.

Can I make the Buffalo sauce ahead of time?

Yes, you can prepare the Buffalo sauce in advance and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. Simply reheat before tossing with the cooked chicken tenders.

Can I freeze the cooked chicken tenders?

While the chicken tenders are best enjoyed fresh, you can freeze any leftovers in an airtight container for up to three months. Reheat in the oven until heated through before serving.

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Buffalo Chicken Tenders

Buffalo Chicken Tenders

by Nabeela Kauser
Take your chicken tenders to the next level with this irresistible Buffalo Chicken Tenders recipe. Dive into a culinary adventure with the perfect blend of spices and a kick of hot sauce.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Appetiser
Cuisine American, Western
Servings 4
Calories 143 kcal


  • 500 g Chicken Tenders
  • 100 g Plain Flour
  • 2 tsp Paprika
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Onion Powder
  • Salt To taste
  • Black Pepper To taste
  • 2 Eggs
  • 100 g Breadcrumbs

Buffalo Sauce

  • 50 g Butter
  • 100 ml Hot Sauce Adjust to your preferred spiciness
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1/2 tsp White Vinegar
  • Cayenne Pepper Optional


  • In a bowl, mix the all-purpose flour, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper.
  • In another bowl, whisk the eggs.
  • Dip each chicken tender first into the seasoned flour mixture, then into the beaten eggs, and finally, coat them evenly with breadcrumbs.
  • Heat vegetable oil in a deep frying pan over medium-high heat. Make sure there’s enough oil to submerge the chicken tenders.
  • Carefully place the coated chicken tenders into the hot oil. Fry until they are golden brown and cooked through, which should take about 5-7 minutes. Ensure the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 75°C.
  • While the chicken is frying, prepare the Buffalo sauce. In a small saucepan, melt the butter over low heat. Add the hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, white wine vinegar, and cayenne pepper (if using). Stir until well combined and heated through. Remove from heat.
  • Once the chicken tenders are cooked, remove them from the oil and let them drain on a paper towel to remove excess oil.
  • Place the fried chicken tenders in a large bowl, and pour the Buffalo sauce over them. Toss the chicken tenders until they are well coated in the sauce.
  • Serve immediately with your choice of dipping sauce or alongside celery sticks and carrot sticks for a classic Buffalo chicken tender experience.


Nutritional facts:
The provision of nutritional information is done merely as a courtesy and should not be taken as a guarantee.


Calories: 143kcalProtein: 27gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 80mgSodium: 145mgPotassium: 463mgVitamin A: 38IUVitamin C: 2mgVitamin D: 0.1µgCalcium: 6mgIron: 0.5mg
Keyword Buffalo, Chicken, Food, Kids Snacks, Ramadan, Recipe, Snack, Tenders
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