Fried Buttermilk Chicken Strips


This buttermilk chicken tenders recipe is crunchy on the outside and moist on the inside!

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
50 mins


  • 1 ½ pounds chicken tenders

  • 2 cups buttermilk

  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 tablespoon salt

  • 1 tablespoon garlic salt

  • 2 teaspoons mustard powder

  • 1 teaspoon ground paprika

  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 2 cups peanut oil, or as needed

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste


  1. Soak chicken tenders in buttermilk for 20 to 30 minutes in the refrigerator.

  2. While chicken is soaking, combine flour, salt, garlic salt, mustard powder, paprika, and pepper in a large brown bag.

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

  4. Drain chicken and shake lightly to remove excess buttermilk. Chicken should still be damp. Drop chicken into the bag of seasoned flour and shake until well-coated.

  5. Drop chicken into hot oil in batches, about 6 pieces at a time, depending on the size of your pot. Cook until golden brown, crispy, and no longer pink in the center, 6 to 8 minutes. Remove from oil and drain on paper towels. Sprinkle with salt and pepper while still warm.


Any type of light frying oil may be used in place of peanut oil.

Add a few dashes of hot sauce to buttermilk for a little zing!

Editor's Note:

Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of breading ingredients. The actual amount of breading consumed will vary. We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. The exact amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

518 Calories
17g Fat
43g Carbs
45g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 518
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 17g 22%
Saturated Fat 3g 17%
Cholesterol 102mg 34%
Sodium 3318mg 144%
Total Carbohydrate 43g 16%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 45g
Vitamin C 2mg 9%
Calcium 176mg 14%
Iron 4mg 22%
Potassium 554mg 12%

* 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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