Deep Fried Buffalo Chicken Tenders

Everyone, and I mean everyone, will love these homemade Fried Buffalo Chicken Tenders. They are crispy, a little spicy, and delicious. Today I’ll show you how to make delicious deep-fried chicken strips. Then, best of all, toss them in a super simple homemade buffalo sauce. All you need for the sauce is hot sauce, butter, and a bit of Worcestershire sauce.

As for the chicken? The mix of eggs, milk, flour, and Panko breadcrumbs makes each tender crispy, and well-coated. Like most deep-fryer recipes, they’re a hit with kids. These chicken tenders are perfect for parties or a special treat with your family. They taste like the restaurant snacks you love but made at home.

deep fried buffalo chicken tenders on plate.

Fried Buffalo Chicken Tenders

The best way to make buffalo chicken tenders at home: deep fried and tossed in homemade buffalo sauce.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Serving Size 16 chicken tenders


  • 4 large chicken breasts cut into strips
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1 quart peanut oil for frying
  • ½ cup of medium hot sauce such as Frank’s or Texas Pete
  • ½ cup 1 stick of butter
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce


  • Prep. Preheat oil in deep fryer to 365 degrees.  
  • Make breading station. Combine eggs and milk in a medium mixing bowl and stir until combined.  In a separate large mixing bowl combine the flour, panko, salt, pepper, and seasoned salt.  
    mixing bowls of milk and egg baten together and bread crumbs and seasoned flour mixed together.
  • Bread the chicken.  Bread the chicken by dipping it first in the egg/ milk mixture, then the panko/ flour mixture.  Work in batches to avoid the chicken sticking together.
    chicken breast being breaded in bowls.
  • Fry. Lay the chicken in a single layer in the deep fry basket and lower it into the oil.  Deep fry for 6-8 minutes.  Remove basket from oil and remove chicken onto paper-towel lined plate.  Keep frying in batches until all the chicken is cooked.
    deep fryer basket with chicken before and after frying.
  • Make sauce. Combine the butter, hot sauce, and Worcestershire sauce in a medium saucepan over low heat, stirring as the butter melts.  Place the chicken tenders in the pan of sauce, tossing to coat.
    saucepan with butter and hot sauce before and after melting.
  • Serve. Remove to a plate and serve immediately.
    finished chicken tenders tossed in sauce.


If your oil drops in temperature too much, the tenders won’t be crisp. Keep an eye on things and let it heat back up before you drop in the next batch!  It will often take 5 minutes or more for your oil to come back up to temperature.
Deep-fried foods are best served immediately.  To store any leftovers, allow to cool before storing in the fridge.  Reheat in the oven or air fryer.
plate on chicken tenders with fries in the background

❤️ Why you’ll love this recipe

  • Perfect for picky eaters! When you need a dinner that everyone will love, chicken tenders are the answer. And for the people in your life who love a little heat, tossing them in buffalo sauce is a guaranteed win.
  • Super affordable. Just chicken breasts and pantry ingredients!
  • Quick to make. Yes, deep frying is a bit messy but it’s also fast!
plate of chicken breasts, bowl with eggs and milk, large bowl with flour, Panko, and seasoning

This is an overview of the ingredients. You’ll find the full measurements and instructions in the printable recipe at the bottom of the page.

You’ll need the following for these spicy breaded tenders

  • chicken breasts, cut into strips
  • eggs
  • milk
  • flour
  • Panko bread crumbs
  • salt
  • pepper
  • seasoned salt
  • peanut oil, for frying
  • A deep fryer (or you can deep fry in a Dutch Oven and monitor the temperature with a candy thermometer.)
  • medium hot sauce, such as Frank’s or Texas Pete
  • butter
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • A deep fryer or Dutch oven with candy thermometer
  • Large plate
  • Paper towels (for draining)
  • 3 bowls


Step One: Breading the chicken

grid of 4 images: bowl with flour. and seasoning, separate bowl with beaten egg, chicken being dipped, fully breaded chicken tenders

Preheat the oil while you assemble the chicken tenders. You want the oil at 360 degrees. If you are using an electric deep fryer, just make it is set up properly and set the temperature.

It’s helpful to get all your bowls set up before you begin and put them in order. First the eggs and milk, then a larger bowl with the flour, panko bread crumbs, and seasoning.

Dip the chicken first into the egg/ milk mixture, then the flour/breadcrumb mixture. You will want to work in small batches of just two to three tenders.

Step Two: Deep frying and making the sauce

grid of 4 images- chicken tender in deep fryer basket before cooking, fried chicken tenders, pot with butter, hot sauce and worchestershire sauce, and pot with all ingredients melted

For the crispiest tenders, you want to make sure each piece of chicken has room to float around. If you’re using a deep fryer, lay them in a single layer. If you are using a Dutch Oven, fry them in batches so they have room.

If you are using a deep fryer, these will take about five minutes. If you are using a Dutch Oven, the time will be similar but you’ll need to turn them halfway through.

When they’re cooked through, remove them to a plate or baking sheet lined with a few layers of paper towels.

Prepare the buffalo sauce by combining and melting all ingredients in a saucepan. Toss the tenders in the pan to make sure they are well coated in the sauce.

Serve right away. Everyone will love them!

12 buffalo chicken tenders on plate

🥫 Storage instructions

Let leftovers cool to room temperature and store in an airtight container in the fridge.

Leftovers are good cold or reheated.

Breaded chicken does not free well

🍽 what to serve it with

  • Homemade fries, of course! Whenever you use the deep fryer, you might as well throw some fries in there.
  • Blue cheese or ranch dressing is nice to tone down the spiciness.
  • Fruit or a salad lightens the meal.

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🔍 FAQs

How spicy are these tenders?

Not too spicy. Your mouth won’t burn. You can always look for a mild hot sauce to tone it down a bit!

Can I bake them instead?

No. The deep-frying is what makes them delicious.

Can I air fry them?

It will work, but they won’t be as tasty. The air fryer is great for reheating, however.

👩🏻‍🍳 Expert tips

  • Make sure you give each piece of chicken room to be surrounded by oil in the fryer.
  • If your oil drops in temperature too much, the tenders won’t be crisp. Keep an eye on things and let it heat back up before you drop in the next batch!
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