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The yummiest breaded chicken tenders with an easy 3-ingredient creamy BBQ dip!

several breaded chicken tenders on a plate beside two small bowls of dip

This is my go-to chicken tenders and dip recipe. The key to making these taste so delicious is the peanut oil. I love frying in peanut oil – it has a high smoke point so you don’t need to worry about it degrading at high heat, and it adds something special to the taste of the chicken.

The tangy, creamy BBQ dipping sauce has three ingredients – you can’t get much easier than that.

These are so much tastier than the store-bought variety and you know exactly what you’re eating.

close-up of several breaded chicken tenders beside BBQ dip

You could make these for an appetizer or a main meal. I usually make these with a big salad and it’s plenty filling. When I make these, I always have a case of “the eyes are bigger than the stomach”.

The thought of fried chicken does this to me. I don’t want to share. When I see the puny raw chicken, I always think I’m going to go hungry, but I always end up giving my husband the rest of the chicken that I can’t finish. I always finish the dip, though. 😛

On the subject of raw chicken, have you ever dreamed that you were eating raw chicken? I sometimes have those dreams and it’s so bizarre. There aren’t many things more unappealing than thinking about chomping down on a big piece of raw chicken. You’re welcome. And yes, I know I have issues.

Anyway… these breaded fried chicken tenders are perfection. I don’t fry chicken at home too often, but these always make me glad to put in that little bit of extra effort.

stack of breaded chicken tenders on a plate with close-up of dip in small bowl

I hope you will give these easy fried chicken tenders a try! They’re soo good!

Questions? Leave me a comment!

Breaded Chicken Tenders with a 3-Ingredient Dip - Salt & Lavender
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Breaded Chicken Tenders with a 3-ingredient Dip

Quick and easy chicken tenders with a tangy, creamy BBQ dip.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 25 minutes
Servings: 2


Chicken tenders:

  • 3 chicken breasts or 1 pound chicken fillets
  • 2 eggs
  • Flour for dredging
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Italian breadcrumbs
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 1/3 cup peanut oil

Dipping sauce:

  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 2 tablespoons BBQ sauce (I use Sweet Baby Ray's but any would work)
  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar


  • Make dipping sauce by combining mayo, BBQ sauce, and vinegar (add salt & pepper if desired). Keep in fridge until ready to serve.
  • Crack the eggs into a bowl and mix with a fork.
  • Pour breadcrumbs into a separate bowl (start with a little bit and then you can add more if needed - I hate wasting breadcrumbs!).
  • Pour flour into a separate bowl and add garlic powder as well as a couple pinches of salt and some pepper.
  • Trim any fat off chicken and cut it into rough strips (I butterfly the chicken first to make the process easier).
  • Dip chicken pieces in the flour then the egg and then the breadcrumbs.
  • Once all the chicken is battered, heat peanut oil in a skillet on medium-high heat.
  • Once the oil is hot (drop in a little flour and watch it sizzle), add the chicken. You may need to work in batches, depending on the size of your pan. Cook chicken for 2-4 minutes per side, or until cooked through.


  • If you're working in batches, cover the first batch with foil so it stays warm while you cook the rest of the chicken. It's a good idea to remove the fried chicken pieces to a plate lined with paper towel so some of the oil is soaked up before you serve it.
  • Serves 2-4 - it really depends if you're having these as appetizers or for a main meal. If you're having it as a main meal with nothing else (or a small side dish) then it won't be enough for four people.
  • Please be careful when frying with hot oil. I recommend using a heavy pan, using as little oil as you can get away with, and turning the pan handle away from you so that it can't be knocked off the stove.
  • I can't always find chicken fillets, but they are more tender than chicken breasts, so I'd go with them if you have the option.

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You may also like my fried chicken wraps or my spicy fried chicken sliders.

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  1. Monika says:

    5 stars
    Hi Natasha, would chicken tenders work? Also, I love your recipes! If you put out a cookbook, I’ll be the first to buy it!

    1. Natasha says:

      Aww thank you! I appreciate your support! Sure, I don’t see why they wouldn’t work (just be sure not to overcook them as they can cook quite rapidly I find). Hope you enjoy the recipe!

  2. Sue says:

    My kids are picky eaters and they LOVED these chicken tenders. They are easy to prepare and I feel good about giving them something that is homemade and not processed. Thanks for sharing Natasha!

    1. Natasha says:

      Thanks Sue!! I am so pleased you decided to try the recipe and that the kids love them!!

  3. Jessica @ Citrus Blossom Bliss says:

    Sometimes it’s nice to throw it back to your childhood and eat chicken tenders like a 5 year old–no judgements here! I’m a big fan of chicken tenders…and that sauce sounds divine!!

    1. Natasha says:

      Thanks Jessica!! Let me know if you try it 🙂

  4. Beth says:

    Hmm, I’ve never tried peanut oil before for something like this- I’ll have to give it a try! These look delicious!

    1. Natasha says:

      Thanks! Yeah, I was pleasantly surprised when I first tried peanut oil for frying. I now use it for a lot of dishes 🙂

    2. Lisa says:

      Chik-Fil-A uses peanut oil only for frying 🙂 These have a very similar appearance to theirs. I can’t wait to try it.

      1. Natasha says:

        Yes! I tried their chicken for the first time last year. It’s so good!! 🙂

  5. Kathleen | Hapa Nom Nom says:

    Love the look of that crispy outer crust! And that dipping sauce…. I’d put that on everything!

    1. Natasha says:

      Thanks Kathleen! 🙂 They are dangerous – I try not to make them too often hahaha.