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Crunchy, juicy, tender fried chicken strips... restaurant quality, but made in your own kitchen
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4.98 from 35 votes

Buttermilk Fried Chicken Tenders

Irresistibly crunchy and flavorful on the outside, tender and juicy on the inside... these are the best fried chicken tenders!
Prep Time35 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Entree
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings
Author: The Chunky Chef


  • 3-4 boneless skinless chicken breasts sliced into strips
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp ground thyme
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • salt and pepper
  • Oil for frying (vegetable peanut, etc)


  • Heat frying oil in a large deep skillet to about 350 degrees.
  • Place sliced chicken in a large bowl, pour buttermilk over, toss and set aside for 20-30 minutes.
  • Combine flour and seasonings in a shallow bowl or dish. Drizzle some additional buttermilk into the flour mixture, tossing together with a fork. Crumbles will form, the more crumbles the better.
  • Roll and press the chicken into the flour mixture, coating thoroughly.
  • Add a couple chicken tenders to the hot oil, being sure not to overcrowd the skillet.
  • Fry about 3-4 minutes per side, until golden brown.
  • Use a strainer to remove chicken to a paper towel lined plate, sprinkle lightly with salt.
  • Then place chicken on a wire cooling rack to allow for air circulation and ensure a crispy outside crust.
  • Repeat with the remaining chicken tenders.