Chicken Tenders

Chicken Tenders

5 from 1 vote
Crunchy and juicy, pack these chicken tenders in your kids' lunchboxes or make them as an after-school snack. Serve with homemade honey mustard sauce for a delicious dinner that the entire family will love.
Chicken Tenders

Chicken tenders are a tasty appetiser that can be served as a snack or as part of a whole meal. They are also known as chicken goujons or chicken fingers.

Chicken tenders are specifically made with chicken tenderloins. Tenderloins are muscles found between the breast and the breastbone in chicken. It is more delicate and smaller than a chicken breast.

However, you may not always be able to get chicken from the butcher stores, so chicken breasts are a suitable substitute.

You need to be careful that you cut the chicken as even as possible. This will help to cook the chicken evenly.

You need to season the flour properly with spices. This is essential for flavourful and tasty chicken tenders.

Spices of several kinds can be used. Paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, and cayenne pepper are all good options.

I like mine to be a bit on the spicy side, so I add paprika. Once you have decided what spice mix you want to use then add the spices into the flour and then coat the chicken strips in it.

Chicken tenders are often deep-fried, so I usually do deep fry them. For deep frying chicken the temperature of the oil is very important.

If the temperature is too high, the coating will burn before the chicken is fully cooked. If the oil is too cold, the chicken will not cook evenly.

A kitchen thermometer is the best way to monitor the temperature of the oil. The temperature of the oil should be kept at around 250°F (120°C) when frying chicken.

If you don’t have a kitchen thermometer, there are various other ways to monitor the temperature.

Using a wooden spoon or chopstick is an easy way to check. Dip the handle into the oil once it has been warmed.

If the oil begins to steadily bubble, it is hot enough to fry in. If the oil bubbles violently, it is too hot and needs to cool down. If there are few bubbles, the mixture needs to be cooked more.

I like to provide healthy alternatives to my deep-fried recipes because deep frying is not the healthiest of cooking techniques. With this recipe you can also bake the chicken tenders as well.

Baked chicken tenders are a much healthier alternative. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C) before baking the chicken tenders.

Bake the chicken strips on a wire rack for 15-20 minutes, or until they are golden brown and crispy.

For a winning combination serve these chicken tenders with my homemade honey mustard sauce.

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Chicken Tenders

Chicken Tenders

by Nabeela Kauser
Crunchy and juicy, pack these chicken tenders in your kids’ lunchboxes or make them as an after-school snack. Serve with homemade honey mustard sauce for a delicious dinner that the entire family will love.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Appetiser
Cuisine American, Western
Servings 4
Calories 419 kcal



  • Combine the flour, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, salt, and black pepper in a large bowl.
  • In another bowl, whisk the eggs.
  • Place breadcrumbs in a third bowl.
  • Take each chicken strip and coat it with the flour mixture, then dip it in the beaten eggs, and finally coat it with breadcrumbs by pressing them onto the chicken.
  • Repeat the coating process with all the chicken strips.
  • Heat 1 inch of vegetable oil in a large frying pan over medium heat.
  • Fry the chicken strips in the oil until they turn golden brown and crispy on both sides, which usually takes about 2-3 minutes per side.
  • Once done, drain the excess oil from the chicken strips by placing them on a paper towel-lined plate.
  • Serve the chicken strips while still hot, along with your preferred dipping sauce.


  • To ensure even cooking, try to make the chicken strips of the same size.
  • Adjust the seasoning according to your taste by adding more or less of the spices.
  • To complete the meal, pair the chicken strips with a side salad or French fries.
  • If you want to make a healthier version of these chicken strips, bake them in the oven at 200°C for 20-25 minutes.
Nutritional facts:
The provision of nutritional information is done so merely as a courtesy and should not be taken as a guarantee.


Calories: 419kcalCarbohydrates: 48gProtein: 37gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.02gCholesterol: 162mgSodium: 1034mgPotassium: 616mgFiber: 3gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 198IUVitamin C: 3mgVitamin D: 1µgCalcium: 96mgIron: 4mg
Keyword After School Snacks, Chicken, Finger Food, Food, Fried, Fried Chicken, Kids Snacks, Party Food, Recipe
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