Spicy Buffalo Chicken Tenders===
One of the most popular appetizers at sports bars and casual dining restaurants are spicy buffalo chicken tenders. These crispy and spicy chicken bites are the perfect snack to share with friends or to enjoy during game night. If you’re a fan of spicy food, this recipe is sure to satisfy your taste buds. In this article, we’ll go through the steps to prepare the perfect spicy buffalo chicken tenders.
Ingredients for the Tenders
To make the perfect spicy buffalo chicken tenders, you’ll need the following ingredients:
- 1 pound chicken tenders
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon paprika
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup milk
- Vegetable oil for frying
Preparing the Chicken Tenders
Before you start preparing the chicken tenders, make sure to wash them thoroughly and pat them dry with paper towels. Cut off any excess fat or skin, if necessary.
Mixing the Spicy Buffalo Sauce
To make the spicy buffalo sauce, you’ll need the following ingredients:
- 1/2 cup hot sauce (such as Frank’s RedHot sauce)
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Mix together the hot sauce, melted butter, garlic powder, onion powder, and cayenne pepper in a small bowl. Set aside.
Making the Batter for the Tenders
In a shallow dish, mix together the flour, salt, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper, and paprika. In another shallow dish, whisk together the eggs and milk.
Coating the Chicken Tenders in Batter
Dip each chicken tender first in the flour mixture, making sure it is coated evenly. Shake off any excess flour. Then, dip the chicken tender in the egg mixture, again making sure it is coated evenly. Finally, dip the chicken tender back into the flour mixture, making sure it is fully coated.
Frying the Chicken Tenders
Heat vegetable oil in a deep fryer or a large pot to 350°F. Carefully add the chicken tenders to the hot oil, working in batches if necessary. Fry for 5-6 minutes, or until they are golden brown and cooked through.
Removing the Chicken Tenders from the Fryer
Using a slotted spoon, remove the chicken tenders from the hot oil and place them on a paper towel-lined plate to drain any excess oil.
Tossing the Tenders in the Spicy Sauce
In a large bowl, toss the fried chicken tenders with the spicy buffalo sauce until they are fully coated.
Serving Suggestions for the Tenders
Serve the spicy buffalo chicken tenders with your favorite dipping sauce, such as ranch or blue cheese dressing. You can also serve them with celery sticks and carrot sticks to balance out the spiciness.
Variations on the Recipe
If you want to change up this recipe, there are a few variations you can try. You can use boneless, skinless chicken breasts instead of chicken tenders. You can also bake the chicken tenders instead of frying them, for a healthier option. Additionally, you can add more or less cayenne pepper to adjust the spiciness level.
Enjoying Spicy Buffalo Chicken Tenders===
Spicy buffalo chicken tenders are a perfect snack for game night, parties, or just a night in. This recipe is easy to follow and can be adjusted to your liking. With its crispy coating and spicy buffalo sauce, you’re sure to enjoy every bite. Serve them with your favorite dipping sauce and enjoy!