Fried Chicken Tenders


This fried chicken tenders recipe makes crispy, delicious chicken pieces, paired with our own spicy horseradish dipping sauce. We serve it with our favorite potato salad and corn on the cob.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 2 large eggs, beaten

  • 2 tablespoons water

  • 2 cups Italian-style seasoned bread crumbs

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 24 chicken tenderloins

  • 2 quarts oil for frying

Dipping Sauce:

  • 1 cup mayonnaise

  • ½ cup sour cream

  • 3 tablespoons prepared horseradish

  • 3 tablespoons prepared mustard

  • 1 dash Worcestershire sauce


  1. Prepare the breading station: Place flour in a shallow bowl. Place eggs and water in a second shallow bowl. Place bread crumbs in a third shallow bowl, and mix in ground black pepper and cayenne pepper.

  2. Coat chicken in flour, then eggs, and then bread crumbs, one piece at a time, and set aside.

  3. Heat oil in a deep fryer to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  4. Fry chicken in small batches until the pieces are golden brown, 6 to 8 minutes. Remove chicken and drain on paper towels.

  5. Make the dipping sauce: Combine mayonnaise, sour cream, horseradish, mustard, and Worcestershire sauce in a small bowl. Mix well, and serve with chicken.

    looking down at a plate full of golden brown, fried chicken tenders
    Dotdash Meredith Food Studios

Editor's Note

We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. The exact amount may vary depending on cook time and temperature, ingredient density, and the specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

821 Calories
55g Fat
35g Carbs
45g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 821
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 55g 71%
Saturated Fat 10g 49%
Cholesterol 164mg 55%
Sodium 783mg 34%
Total Carbohydrate 35g 13%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 45g
Vitamin C 2mg 9%
Calcium 93mg 7%
Iron 4mg 22%
Potassium 389mg 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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