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Buttermilk Chicken With Honey Mustard Mayo

Juicy buttermilk chicken tenders with a delicious crispy coating – serve with this sweet honey mustard dip for a seriously addicting treat! Crispy fried chicken – a treat that few find easy to resist. I’m definitely one of those people. I actually worked in a fried chicken shop for 5 years – through school and college, and I’d love to tell you that I have their super-secret recipe – but unfortunately the coating arrived already made up.

Juicy chicken tenders with a delicious crispy coating - serve with this sweet honey mustard dip for a seriously addicting treat!

Juicy chicken tenders with a delicious crispy coating - serve with this sweet honey mustard dip for a seriously addicting treat!

However, those five years did refine my fried chicken taste buds, and I actually prefer this homemade recipe!
The chicken in marinaded in buttermilk first – to ensure a beautifully moist and tender result. The coating is a simple dry mixture of a few store cupboard ingredients. No need for a wet batter to get the perfect crunch.

Unless you have a huge fryer, you’ll probably need to cook these tenders in batches. The oil bubbles up a quite a bit, so be extra careful.
The cooked chicken can be kept uncovered in a low oven whilst you’re cooking the rest.

Juicy chicken tenders with a delicious crispy coating - serve with this sweet honey mustard dip for a seriously addicting treat!

Serve with fries and/or a lovely big salad. Make plenty though – these things will go fast!!

Here’s what you’ll need:

Serves 4

  • 4 chicken breasts, sliced into long, thick strips
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp white pepper
  • 1/4 tsp garlic salt

Crispy Coating:

  • 1 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic salt
  • ½ tsp celery salt
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp baking powder

Honey Mustard Mayo:

  • 4 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 2 tsp lemon juice

Also:

  • Plenty of vegetable oil for deep frying

Buttermilk chicken tenders with honey mustard dip ingredients

Steps:

1. Place the chicken in a bowl or large ziplock bag. Add the buttermilk, salt, pepper and garlic salt. Mix together, cover (if in a bowl) and place in the refrigerator to marinade for 3-6 hours.

Buttermilk chicken tenders with honey mustard dip step 1

2. Preheat the oven to a low heat (to keep cooked tenders warm). Heat a large pan of vegetable oil (or preheat your deep fat fryer) until hot (you can test by dropping a small cube of bread in there, if it rises immediately to the top and starts to bubble rapidly, it’s hot enough). You’ll need at least 4 cups of oil.Mix together the crispy coating ingredients in a small bowl. Take the chicken out of the refrigerator and dredge each piece through the crispy coating mixture – ensuring it’s fully covered. Place on a tray in a single layer ready for frying.

Buttermilk chicken tenders with honey mustard dip step 3 collage

3. Once the oil is hot enough, add in 4 or 5 of the chicken tenders. You can add more or less depending on the size of your pan, just be sure not to overcrowd the chicken. Cook for 3-5 minutes until golden brown and cooked in the center. You can check this by cutting open a piece of chicken, if it’s no longer pink in the middle, it’s cooked. Place on a tray in the oven to keep warm whilst you cook the rest of the chicken.

Buttermilk chicken tenders with honey mustard dip step 4 2

4. Whilst the chicken is cooking, make the honey mustard mayo by mixing all of the honey mustard mayo ingredients together in a small bowl.

Buttermilk chicken tenders with honey mustard dip step 2 collage

5.  Serve the cooked chicken with the honey mustard mayo.

Juicy chicken tenders with a delicious crispy coating - serve with this sweet honey mustard dip for a seriously addicting treat!

So tasty!!

Juicy chicken tenders with a delicious crispy coating - serve with this sweet honey mustard dip for a seriously addicting treat!