Crunchy Chicken Tenders

Crunchy golden fried chicken strips accompanied with a honey mustard dipping sauce.

photo of a plate of chicken tenders with one being dipped in honey mustard sauce

After discovering the secret ingredient to making really crunchy chicken for my sweet and sour chicken recipe, I thought about applying the same concept to chicken tenders.

a plate of Crunchy Chicken Tenders with honey mustard sauce
Mr. K and I both love fried chicken tenders/strips and can never resist getting them at fast food places. But I thought these came out even better and were relatively easy to make.

close-up photo of Crunchy Chicken Tenders
These came out a pretty golden brown and the batter was quite crunchy. Unfortunately, they didn’t stay crunchy forever like with the sweet and sour chicken. I think the reason is that the chicken tenders have a larger surface area as opposed to the small bite sized pieces of the sweet and sour chicken dish.

They are still tasty. You just need to make sure you eat them right away. For the sauce, I just mixed some honey and yellow mustard. I usually make a slightly more elaborate honey mustard sauce that isn’t quite so yellow, but I was pressed for time.
photo of a chicken tender in the sauce

Crunchy Chicken Tenders

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Main Dishes
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2
Crunchy golden fried chicken strips accompanied with a honey mustard dipping sauce.


  • 8 chicken tenders
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 1 extra large egg white
  • 2 tbsp high quality vodka
  • vegetable oil for frying


  1. Add vegetable oil to pot or wok being used for frying, at least 1 inch deep. Turn heat to medium-high.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, add cornstarch. In a small bowl, add egg white and vodka and whisk until blended. 

  3. Dip chicken in egg white mix and then coat in cornstarch. Repeat with remaining chicken. 
  4. Gently place chicken into hot oil, cooking a few minutes on both sides until a golden brown. Fry in a few small batches. Let chicken tenders cool a few minutes before eating.
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10 comments on “Crunchy Chicken Tenders”

  1. This looks so delicious! Definitely going to try this soon! Adding to the dinner menu!

  2. I am in such a recipe rut, and you never fail to give me great ideas for the kids’ meals! I just showed my son your chicken tenders picture and asked if he’d like that for supper tomorrow. He said yes!! Thank you!

  3. We loved them! Thank you so much!!

  4. can i skip the vodka?

  5. Under 21 here, what can I use inead of vodka??

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