Easy Pan Fried Chicken Tenders

These super easy pan fried chicken tenders are a simple favorite that will please the whole family! They pair nicely with honey mustard dip and french fries!

Easy Pan Fried Chicken Tenders

Easy Pan Fried Chicken Tenders

Course Main Course, Snack
Servings 1 tender
Calories 185 kcal


  • 2 cups water
  • tbsp salt, divided
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 8 oz boneless skinless chicken breast
  • cup flour
  • ½ tsp thyme
  • ½ tsp basil
  • ¼ tsp oregano
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ¾ tsp paprika
  • ¾ tsp garlic powder
  • ¾ tsp ground ginger
  • cup cornmeal
  • cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • Vegetable oil


  • First, make a brine by dissolving 2 tbsp salt and 2 tbsp sugar in 2 cups of water.
  • Cut chicken breast into 4 strips then submerge strips in brine and allow to soak for at least 2 hours but no longer.
  • Mix flour, ½ tsp salt, thyme, basil, oregano, black pepper, paprika, garlic powder and ginger in a small bowl.
  • Place cornmeal in a separate small, shallow bowl.
  • In a third small bowl, whisk together milk and egg.
  • Remove tenders from the brine and dry them with a paper or kitchen towel. Allow them to sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes.
  • Dredge each chicken tender in the flour mixture, dunk in the egg mixture and coat with cornmeal.
  • Lay coated tenders in a single layer on a flat surface and allow to rest for at least 5 minutes.
  • Pour 1” of oil into a heavy skillet and heat on medium until a drop of water sizzles when dropped in (5-10 minutes).
  • Carefully place chicken tenders into hot oil and fry for 10-12 minutes, turning once. Tenders should be golden brown and have an internal temperature of 160℉.
  • Let cooked tenders rest for 5 minutes before eating.
  • Hack: Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
  • Hack:  Chicken tenders can be cooked in the air fryer set at 400℉ for 9 minutes, flipping once.
Keyword air fryer, chicken, chicken breast, chicken tenders, easy, homemade, pan fried

Handle chicken with care!  Click here for some tips to avoid foodborne illnesses that can be associated with raw poultry..

Suggestion: Serve tenders with honey mustard dip and oven-roasted french fries.

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