Honey Garlic Chicken Tenders

My kids have reached the golden age of chicken nuggets and chicken tenders. I don’t care how many tantalizing things are on the menu at a restaurant, chicken is their go to. I set about making a home made version the other night. I wanted something that would make both young and old taste buds happy. This was our delicious compromise. They flew off the plate in no time!


Honey Garlic Chicken Tenders

  • For the chicken tenders: 
  • 3-4 large chicken breasts, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup unseasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1teaspoon seasoning salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • oil to fry in

In one bowl combine flour thru black pepper, stirring to combine. In a second bowl beat eggs, add in milk, garlic and water. Stir to combine. Heat your oil to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

Slice the chicken breasts in to thin strips. Allow to soak in the egg mixture for 10-15 minutes. This will let all the garlic flavor go in. I made a batch of tasty hand cut fries during this time.

The chicken strips are double breaded. I soaked the whole batch, then tossed in the flour mixture. After a good shake, re-dip in the egg mixture. Finally give one last toss in the flour. I did the entire batch so I could be done with the breading all at once. I hate gooey fingers from breading!

Fry in small batches. This way your oil stays hot and the coating stays crispy! No one wants soggy chicken tenders. The tenders take about 4-5 minutes to fry. Drain on paper towels and place in a LARGE bowl.

  • For the Sauce
  • 1/2 cup of honey
  • 4 Tablespoons of soy sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/3 cup water

Combine in a small sauce pot. Bring to a boil and reduce in half. This takes about 10 minutes. Once reduced pour over cooked chicken tenders. Toss to coat. Sprinkle with salt and enjoy!


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