Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Touchdown Chicken

Today I am going to share my recipe for fried chicken tenders.  During the football game last week, I made these tenders. The son I never had, asked me if I was sure I wasn't Southern. I am considering that a nice compliment considering that southerners are known to be great at making fried chicken. The Colonel has nothing on me. The chicken comes out very crispy without skin. It is one of the family's favorite snack food for games.

You will need:

2-3 packages of chicken tenders
1 1/2 cups of buttermilk (make sure it is whole buttermilk. Do not use fat free or low fat).
3 cups of flour
4 tsp paprika
4 tsp pepper
4 tsp salt
2 tsp cayenne pepper (you can use more or less or none at all)
4 tsp Paul Prudhomme's poultry magic
Canola oil

Preheat your frying pan. For those with an electric frying pan, set the temperature to 425. For those cooking with a regular frying pan, use medium/high heat.

Pour buttermilk in a mixing bowl
Mix all of the dry ingredients together well in another mixing bowl

Pour canola oil into your pan. Make sure there is enough oil in the pan to cover the sides of your chicken tenders.  It is always better to have more oil than not enough.

Trim the chicken (Did you know you can use scissors and it is faster? Just make sure you soak them in a little bleach mixture before and after. Put them through the dishwasher too)

Dip chicken pieces first into the dry ingredients, then the buttermilk, then back into the dry ingredients. Make sure you coat it well.

You can also use this batter recipe for onion rings. They will cook much faster than the chicken.
 Don't forget to double dip in the flour mixture (the only time double dipping is acceptable). I forgot this time and lost most of the batter.

Place the chicken in the frying pan. When you see the edges start to brown. flip them.


I generally cook mine for about 15-20 minutes depending on the thickness

They freeze beautifully too if you want to make extra. You will probably have left over mixture so you could make more if you wanted. I have also made these as a meal with mashed potatos and gravy. 

Bon Appetit!



  1. thanks for the recipe
    husband is such a kid about chicken tenders
    he loves them more than my boys ever did

  2. My husband is a southern fried boy, and as much as I love me some fried chicken, the mess he makes in the kitchen and the smell for days afterwards just ain't worth it. I'm sure you are a much cleaner cook than him.

  3. YUM!!! I'm going to make these ASAP!

    xo, Emily

  4. These look delicious! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Sounds yummy, Laura! I will definately be trying these out! Thanks for sharing!!

  6. Saving this recipe for sure!! I can see having some hot wing sauce on the side to dip them in...oh and bleu cheese dressing too!! Have to tell you that when I saw your bottle of buttermilk I thought of Lou saying my name LOL!

  7. Ack! I forgot to add...Thanks for linking this up at the party this week!! I love seeing what you have to share :-)

  8. Oh yummy! I want to make this! I can imagine it would be good with Alfredo Sauce! :D Found you on the LL linky and I'm now following you!


  9. I looove buffalo chicken tenders with ranch sauce. They're perfect pub food and I'm sure even better home-cooked for a football game. The double dipping sounds like the trick. Thanks so much!

  10. i need to make these!!

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  11. OMG these look amazing! I am so trying them this weekend!

  12. Can't wait to try this! The idea about the onion rings is great, too. It sure goes well with the chicken :) Thank you, Laura!

  13. Woo hoo! I don't even like chicken and I want to eat these! Perfect for football!

  14. Hi Laura! Guess what? I received the Seche base and top coat in the mail today. Thank you so very much for sending me such a lovely and generous gift. I am truly thrilled to have won Ashley's giveaway and cannot thank you ladies enough for all you have done. Seriously... thank you!

  15. Hi there! I'm a new follower from the blog hop and would love a follow back at www.sugarplumsandlollipops.blogspot.com Don't forget to follow me on twitter & Pinterest. I follow back all of my twitter & Pinterest followers :)

  16. Thank you so much for stopping by and following my blog! I am your newest follower, and so happy to find you! I love your blog, and this chicken looks so yummy. Thanks for sharing. :)

  17. Oh, man! This looks like a great recipe, Laura!! I think I'll have to try it!

  18. My husband would love this. I really like the buttermilk bottle. It just looks so adorable in the photo, even if it is plastic. Oh, I miss the real glass bottles...ew, I sound so old.

  19. Oh my goodness, no touchdown is necessary for me to want to make these (I'd do it on a Thursday, that's not a football day is it?)


  20. Hi from the blog hop (:

    this looks so yummy - it definitely gave me ideas for the next time I make chicken! Can't wait to try.

    Happy Wednesday

    xoxo Heather


  21. These look amazing! I tried to make fried chicken ONCE and it did NOT end well! Maybe your recipe will work for me...my family members thank you!

  22. Yum! I think I need to try these. Thanks for sharing at the All Star Block Party!


  23. These look great!! Thanks for sharing at Tuesdays with Tori! I've pinned this recipe to try!!

  24. Oh yumm! These look good! Thanks for joining us for the CHQ Blog Hop - hope to see you again next week! :)