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Tennessee Hot Fried Chicken Tenders

tennessee hot fried chicken tenders Entree Southern
Tennessee Hot Fried Chicken Tenders
  • Prep 25 min
  • Total 25 min
  • Servings 4

Spicy chicken tenders are the foodie trend that's on everyone's lips, and for good reason. With so much flavor and a beautiful crunch to take the taste further, this Nashville hot chicken tender recipe is a must-have on your table. They're easy to make too, so they're the perfect meal when you have a lot on your plate. Enjoy this spicy fried chicken tenders recipe for all the crunch, all the texture, and all the flavor-packed in each delicious bite. They're the trendiest treats you'll eat today!

Updated November 4, 2020
Gold Medal Flour
Make with
Gold Medal Flour

Ingredients

  • 1
    package (14 oz) uncooked chicken tenders (not breaded)
  • 1
    teaspoon salt
  • 1/2
    teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1
    cup Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
  • 1/2
    cup buttermilk
  • 1
    teaspoon Frank's™ RedHot™ Original cayenne pepper sauce
  • 2
    cups vegetable oil
  • 3
    tablespoons butter
  • 1
    teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2
    to 1 teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne)
  • 1/4
    teaspoon garlic powder

Steps

  • 1
    Season chicken tenders with 1/2 teaspoon of the salt and 1/4 teaspoon of the pepper.
  • 2
    In shallow bowl, mix flour, remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper with whisk. In another shallow bowl, beat buttermilk and hot sauce together with whisk. Dredge chicken tenders in seasoned flour, then in buttermilk mixture, and back in flour.
  • 3
    In 12-inch skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat until hot (350°F). Fry tenders in hot oil, all at once, about 5 minutes, turning once, until deep golden brown and no longer pink in center (at least 165°F). Place on rack lined with paper towels to drain, with paper towels underneath rack.
  • 4
    In 1-quart saucepan, melt butter over medium-low heat. Beat in paprika, red pepper and garlic powder with whisk. Brush fried chicken tenders with spicy butter. Serve with slices of white bread and sweet pickles, if desired.

  • How hot is Tennessee hot? It’s up to you. We suggest a range of cayenne pepper from 1/2 to 1 teaspoon. At the lower end of the range, you will feel it, but it won’t be overwhelming. At the upper end of the range, you will definitely get a more intense heat.
  • To cool the heat a bit, you could serve your favorite ranch dressing alongside these tenders as a dipping sauce.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
450
Calories from Fat
300
% Daily Value
Total Fat
34g
52%
Saturated Fat
10g
49%
Trans Fat
1/2g
Cholesterol
80mg
27%
Sodium
590mg
25%
Potassium
240mg
7%
Total Carbohydrate
13g
4%
Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
Sugars
0g
Protein
23g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
15%
15%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
4%
4%
Iron
10%
10%
Exchanges:
1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 3 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 6 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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