You may find these tips helpful in converting traditional recipes to air fryer versions. Best chicken tenders ever. Thanks I’m advance! Hi Patty, I’m not sure why that would happen. My very, very picky 4 year old daughter who will only eat around five kinds of food (chicken tenders/nuggets being one of them) said this was the best chicken she’s ever had! I’ll be adding this to my regular rotation of meals. Hi Anne, These really are best when fried. 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. Have been looking for a good boneless chicken recipe for years….have tried many and this is by far the best! Amazing recipe. Absolutely loved these!! Hi Gabby, these definitely don’t taste spicy, but if you’re concerned about the heat at all, you can reduce or omit the cayenne — they’ll still have plenty of flavor. I’m so glad I did. What a hit ?? My family absolutely LOVED these! I had a question though… Why baking powder? Made this recipe with my 14-year-old son who likes to cook. Excellent. I don’t usually rreview recipes, however I’m making an exception! Holly, Unfortunately, I don’t think they’ll remain crispy that way– sorry! Have filed the recipe with my other go-to meals in a hurry. I made these for my partner months ago and he is still talking about them. But they turned out PERFECT! This is always a winner whenever we cook them! We’ll definitely be having this again. Tried this last week with my 10 and 3 yo’s. I didn’t have any cayenne so I just doubled the garlic powder in the breading mix and it turned out great! We have yet to dislike a recipe of yours. !” when I tasted it. I want to thank you so much for your chicken strips recipe. Thanks for making such a classic comfort food so easy. The Spruce. I used avocado oil to fry the chicken, turned out great, thanks! So so good on its own, but I made them into homemade sticky fingers! These are best if eaten right after they’re cooked. I’ve had trouble with frying chicken before, but this recipe was amazing! That is the key to good Fried Chicken! This is my go to recipe when I needed to treat the family. So tender and excellent to use in a Carolina Chicken Salad!! Let it sit for a few minutes and than fried it in peanut oil at 325 degrees. Hi Meg and Donna, Unfortunately, there is no alternative to frying here. Our family loves these tenders!! We. So crunchy and tender. No reason to look anywhere else. Ps, also made the honey mustard sauce attached to the recipe, except subbed pure maple syrup as I didn’t have honey. I sprayed them with canned cooking spray on one side, turned them over and put them in the fry basket (in a single layer), then I sprayed the other side. Husband really liked it too. These are excellent! Hi Izzy, I’m afraid that won’t work with this recipe, but the cooked tenders may be frozen. This sounds like a perfect recipe to try when my picky cousins come up next. Served it with a classic homemade sweet & sour sauce and ranch dressing. These crispy, crunchy beer-battered southern fried chicken tenders are a favorite in our house. Thanks for a great recipe! Could theses be made ahead, refrigerated, and served at room temperature? These sound fabulous. Made this tonight with chicken breast chunks and it was perfect! Mmmmm! I’m having a problem getting the breading to stick to the tenderloins before I put them in the hot oil and it just starts falling off when I do put them in the oil. Jenn…after reading all..and I mean ALL the reviews, I feel I MUST try this. Hope you enjoy! My husband isn’t big on chicken but these turned out juicy and flavorful and he loved them. I was wrong. Hi Michelle, These are really best when fried, but if you’d like a chicken tender recipe you can bake, try these Pecan Crusted Chicken Tenders. The chicken was absoutly delicous with a beautiful battered crust. Best I’ve ever made, thank you! Hope you enjoy if you make them! MY. I made these and also finished and kept them hot in the oven. A+. Thank you for sharing, and I’m planning to continue preparing your yummy recipes!! Yum : ), Another winner from Once Upon A Chef! It was amazing! I’ve tried several fried chicken tender recipes before and none of them ever turned out that great. I thought these were great! A great dinner after work. Hi Susan, Yes, but you’d have to cut them into strips, otherwise they won’t cook properly. It was amazing. The tenders are juicy and perfectly crunchy. Hi Traci, It’s easy to make your own buttermilk — See how to here. They were fantastic. Do you think the crispiness would be compromised if I breaded the tenders early in afternoon and refrigerated on a rack, then fried them after work? However, as they sat and I placed them on the table to serve, the breading got really soft and sort of started to fall off a bit…what did I do wrong? Just robust flavor. Approx How long do you cook the tenders on each side? Thanks for a great recipe!! The buttermilk marinade really makes the chicken so tender & juicy. Thank you for the help. Everyone in my family loved them. Lastly, the chicken ended up staying in the buttermilk marinade an extra day because, well, three kids and six sports means dinner doesn’t always happen the way I intend! My whole family enjoyed this recipe. Chicken and Waffles are even better in my house these days! Great recipe! Even my wife loved them and she won’t eat fried food. If so, what alteration would you suggest? A BIG hit! Thank you, that’s what I thought. Actually made this more than once. Your layout with the steps pictured is a great help. Thank you for sharing your recipe! Thanks for reporting back – so glad they were a hit! This recipe was such a hit that my family agreed to have “Fried Chicken Night” once a month . Yes, I do think that pounding them out a little will help the breading to stick. I was cooking for a party and these are perfect for finger food eaters. All the tenders were cooked perfectly and so delicious. Made these tonight for dinner. Thank you. Always a winner in my house! Loved these tenders. I’ll definitely make this again. I’m so hooked on your food, style, down to earth personality and want to make EVERYTHING! And thank you for the wonderful honey mustard recipe too. First time chicken fryer here. I’m guessing the thighs will need 30-40 minutes in the oven after frying and the drumsticks 15 – 20 minutes. learning to cook here, literally this is the 3rd time i’m gonna cook something, 1st and 2nd were a disaster but I learned a lot. Thanks! Try again. MY KIDS HAD SECONDS! Not sure why but they were crispy and delicious and heated up wonderfully the next day. Hope they turn out well! Hi Yaritza, I’ve never used an air fryer and don’t know much about them, so I can say for sure how it would work for this recipe. Any suggestions if they are baked? My fave cookbook and I have quite a collection! What would the measurements be for a larger portion. My mom is a traditional southern cook that makes great fried chicken and this recipe rivals hers! I made this for my little family today, and my hubby and toddler were very pleased! Hi Sharon, Sorry, it won’t work with this recipe but check out my pecan crusted chicken tenders; you can bake those. Also can’t wait for the cookbook to be released. This was amazing! This recipe worked out great especially since I’m usually a ‘flop” at frying. Thank you! If yes, do you have a recommended temperature and cook time? And, simple too. My only problem was that the coating was coming away from the chicken a bit in the pan and on the plate. Jenn, never mind. Hi Hazel, these really need to be fried; if you’d prefer tenders that can be baked, you may want to give these a try. So this recipe is a big success for me. Almost better than the chicken. I like more crispy breading so I replaced 1/2 cup of the flour with 1/2 cup of cornstarch. Many thanks for this recipe! Hope you enjoy! How do you fix that? Hi Pamela, glad you like these! My son took a bite and said “Wow Mom, you need to write this woman some reviews!” Thankfully, I already had. Then I dredged the chicken and added it to the pot. Cooked as suggested, love the batter, learned a method. My husband is on a fried chicken kick and this recipe looks great. Overall, my kitchen smelled great and this chicken was very tasty and crispy!!! Will these still taste good if I don’t have time to marinate for 4 hours … Decided to make last min and only have about 1 hour to marinate them ?? It was easy to add/subtract seasonings as you go. Now my next mission is to apply this recipe to bone in chicken legs, thighs, wings, etc. These are probably the best tenders my wife and I have ever eaten. Re-heated in a 425 degree oven for 10 minutes the following day and it was as perfect. The first time I made them was tenders. He gobbled them up. You need not look any further. First time we ever tried frying chicken. I never heard anything other than,”they were right”! Just want to say thank you! Jenn, every recipe on your site is 5 star. I’d love to hear how they turn out if you make them in an air fryer! Thank you thank you thank you! To marinate the chicken: In a large sealable, combine the chicken tenders with the remaining marinade ingredients. Rather than desperately trying to coax her into eating dinner every night, sometimes I just make her favorites.