This recipe uses a breading of flour with buttermilk and some spices to create a crunchy, crumbly, country batter that simply can’t be beat. We’ll also use fresh boneless skinless chicken breast cutlets, which are perfect for this country chicken tender recipe. Buttermilk is also an excellent marinade for chicken as it naturally tenderizes the meat, while maintaining the moisture and juiciness and adding a wonderful flavor. The buttermilk works with enzymes to break up the connective tissue and muscle fibers. It’s one of the ways southern cooks have been making the best chicken for ages.
This recipe can be made right on the stovetop, no deep fryer is necessary. In fact, by cooking on the stovetop, we get a more golden brown color to our tenders and they are juicy and delicious!
- CHICKEN AND MARINADE INGREDIENTS
- 2 pounds chicken breast tenderloins
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1 teaspoons salt
- ½ teaspoon paprika
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- BREADING INGREDIENTS
- 1-1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- ¾ teaspoon garlic powder
- 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 3 tablespoons buttermilk
- Place all marinade ingredients in a large ziplock bag, mix up well and add chicken. Close bag tightly and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours, or overnight is even better.
- Mix all breading ingredients in a large bowl. Consistency will be crumbly, which is perfect.
- Add oil to a large, high-sided stovetop cooker and heat oil to high.
- Drop marinated chicken tenders into breading mix and press it all in real good. It will be a big clumpy mess but that's what we want.
- Using tongs, slowly add breaded tenders into oil. Do this slowly and one at a time, as not to drop the temperature of the oil.
- Cook tenders for a 3-4 minutes, until 1st side is golden brown, carefully flip over with tongs and let fry on other side for an additional 3-4 minutes or until golden brown.
- Carefully remove chicken tenders from oil and place on a paper towel lined pan to drain the oil.
- Serve with your favorite dipping sauce such as BBQ sauce, ranch dressing or honey mustard.