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Chicken fingers

Battered, fried and incredibly flavourful and moist chicken tenders
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Light meal, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken fingers, chicken tenders, fried chicken
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Mia Kouppa


  • Frying pan


  • 8 - 10 chicken tenders

Flour coating

  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour ( 225 grams)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp ground black pepper

Buttermilk mixture

  • 1 cup buttermilk (250 ml)
  • 1 tsp chili flakes
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp Herbes de Provence See note

Buttermilk coating

  • 1 1/2 cups bread crumbs ( 150 grams)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • Oil for frying See notes
  • Lemon for serving optional


  • Pat your chicken tenders dry using a paper towel and set aside.
  • In a shallow bowl, whisk together the flour, salt and pepper. Set aside.
  • In another bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, chili flakes, salt and Herbes de Provence. Set aside.
  • In a third shallow bowl, combine the breadcrumbs with the salt and pepper. Set aside.
  • One at a time, place your chicken tenders into the flour and coat evenly.
  • Then, one at a time, dip the chicken tenders into the buttermilk mixture.
  • Next, place your chicken tenders into the breadcrumbs and coat evenly. Set the coated chicken tenders aside.
  • Pour enough oil into the frying pan so that it is 3/4 inches deep. Heat to approximately 350 degrees Fahrenheit. If you don't have a thermometer to measure the temperature of oil, drop in a bit of oil or a small cube of bread; if it begins to sizzle, it is ready.
  • Begin to fry your chicken tenders, being careful not to overcrowd your pan. Cook until golden brown on one side, approximately 7 - 10 minutes, and then flip over. Continue cooking until the second side is also golden brown. When done, transfer the chicken tenders to a paper towel lined plate or rack. Continue frying the rest of the chicken tenders.
  • Squeeze some fresh lemon juice over the chicken fingers if desired. Enjoy!


We like to use a mixture of olive oil and vegetable oil in frying these chicken tenders.  We suggest that you do the same, but you can also choose to use one kind of oil. 
The breadcrumbs which you use can either be plain, or seasoned.  If seasoned, check the ingredients as you may wish to adjust the amount of salt and pepper you will add.
You can substitute any dry herb of your choice for the herbes de Provence; good choices include thyme, oregano and marjoram.  Learn more about herbes de Provence in the Helpful hints section of the recipe post.