Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Crisp and Spicy Chicken Tenders with Blue Cheese Dipping Sauce

This is a super quick and easy recipe that I have used several times and is always appreciated by my family.
Instead of chicken tenders, I actually use whole chicken breasts.  I have 3 people in my family who are very particular about their food and tenders have a big tendon running through them which grosses them out.  So I cut out the tendon from the breasts and cut the breast into tender-like pieces.  These are really different from your average chicken strip and so good.  They are moist and are reminiscent of buffalo wings in flavor.  The panko gives them a nice crispiness which I love.  These are a hit with the kids as well as us older kids.   And the blue cheese dipping sauce is to die for!

Crisp & Spicy Chicken Tenders
from Fine Cooking magazine

2 1/2 cups panko
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 pounds chicken tenders
1/4 cup mayonaise
1 tablespoon Frank's Red Hot sauce
1/4 teaspoon cayenne

  • Trim off any exposed tendon ends from the wide tips of the chicken tenders.  In a medium bowl, whisk the mayo with the hot sauce, cayenne, and 1/8 tsp salt.  Add the chicken and toss with your hands to coat well.  Coat each tender in the panko and arrange in a single layer on a heavy-duty rimmed baking sheet.  Refrigerate while you heat the broiler and make the sauce.
  • Broil the tenders, flipping once, until they are crisp and golden brown in spots on the outside and cooked through, 4 to 6 minutes per side.

Blue Cheese Dipping Sauce

1/2 cup mayonaise
1/2 cup sour cream
3/4 cup crumbled blue cheese (about 4 ounces)
3 tablespoons milk

  • Whisk all ingredients together until well combined and only small bits of cheese remain intact.


  1. This is something I could make for when people come over; who wouldn't want to sink their teeth into this?

  2. Just made these; forwent the dipping sauce and doubled the hot sauce and cayenne. Turned out very well. Still not hot enough for me, but I'm twisted that way. I was surprised how moist they came out. Definitely going in the recipe file as a staple.

  3. Wow - those are the best chicken tenders! Made w/out hot sauce. They came out perfect - crisp outside and moist inside!


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