Easy Pan Fried Chicken Tenders

Easy Pan Fried Chicken Tenders


2 cups water

2 tbsp salt

2 tbsp sugar

8 oz boneless skinless chicken breast

⅓ cup flour

½ tsp salt

½ tsp thyme

½ tsp basil

¼ tsp oregano

½ tsp black pepper

¾ tsp paprika

¾ tsp garlic powder

¾ tsp ground ginger

⅓ cup cornmeal

⅓ cup milk

1 egg

Vegetable oil


Make a brine by dissolving 2 tbsp salt and 2 tbsp sugar in 2 cups of water.

Cut chicken breast into 4 strips. Place strips in brine and allow to soak for at least 2 hours but no longer.

In a small, shallow bowl, mix flour, salt, thyme, basil, oregano, black pepper, paprika, garlic powder and ginger. Place cornmeal in a separate small, shallow bowl. In a third small bowl, whisk together milk and egg.

Remove tenders from brine and dry 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 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. Serve with honey mustard dip, if desired.

185 calories per tender



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6 Replies to “Easy Pan Fried Chicken Tenders”

  1. So simple, yet so delicious! I can now officially say that I know how to make chicken tenders from scratch! No microwave needed at all, that’s the best part haha. Just had to come down here to the comment section and leave a comment of appreciate for this recipe because I know there are a lot of people looking for simple ones like this one and you have provided it for them, including me

  2. Hey, thank you for sharing this delicious receipt! I like to eat a lot lol, so this is very interesting to me. Easy pan chicken fried is my favorite! And only 185 calories per tender are great to hear!

    Kind regards.                                                           

  3. I love fries chicken, doesn’t matter which part of the bird, as long as it is fried I love them all. However, I do not like frying a lot of stuff at home, it is messy and certainly bad for my health. But, your recipe looks nice, I have everything and I also love frying with my skillet. Will give your recipe a try, now I gotta go to the store. 

    1. I have to agree with you that too much fried food is unhealthy and making it at home can be messy so I save this particular recipe for a special treat!  I’m sure it would work well in an air fryer as well.

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