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Kiki's Favorite Deep-Fried Buttermilk Chicken Tenders Recipe

Kiki’s Favorite Deep-Fried Buttermilk Chicken Tenders


The key to the juiciness and crispy lightness of these panko-coated deep-fried chicken tenders is the long marinade in buttermilk.


  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons seasoned salt, divided
  • 16 chicken breast tenders
  • 2 cups panko bread crumbs
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 cups vegetable oil for frying, or as needed


  1. Mix buttermilk and 1 tablespoon seasoned salt together in a bowl. Stir in chicken tenders. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 and up to 6 hours.
  2. Preheat oven to 170 degrees F (75 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with paper towels; place a cooling rack on sheet and set in oven.
  3. Mix remaining 1 tablespoon seasoned salt, panko bread crumbs, and pepper together in a large, flat bowl.
  4. Remove tenders from marinade one at a time and shake to remove excess buttermilk. Roll pieces in panko mixture and place on a large platter.
  5. Heat oil in a deep-fryer or large saucepan to 370 degrees F (190 degrees C). Fry chicken pieces 3 or 4 at a time in hot oil until browned and crispy, about 3 minutes. Transfer to cooling rack in oven to keep them warm as you fry.

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Nutritional Information

Kiki's Favorite Deep-Fried Buttermilk Chicken Tenders

Servings Per Recipe: 4
Calories: 541.8
% Daily Value *
protein: 114 %
carbohydrates: 14 %
exchange other carbs:
dietary fiber: 1 %
fat: 31 %
saturated fat: 21 %
cholesterol: 46 %
vitamin a iu: 8 %
niacin equivalents: 245 %
vitamin b6: 63 %
vitamin c: 2 %
folate: 2 %
calcium: 12 %
iron: 11 %
magnesium: 20 %
potassium: 15 %
sodium: 73 %
thiamin: 14 %
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*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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