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Buffalo Chicken Tenders

These Buffalo Chicken Tenders are easy to make and seasoned with a homemade dry rub or ranch seasoning and then drizzled in spicy sauce. Pair these strips with any of your favorite side dishes. Pair it with our Air Fryer Baked Potato.

buffalo chicken tenders on a plate with celery, and a baked potato

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What Type of Chicken to Use

I use actual chicken tenderloins. Tenderloins are far smaller than a chicken breast, and much thinner too. Tenderloins are half the size of a chicken breast.  The chicken tenderloin is a strip of muscle distinct from but lying alongside the inner breast of the chicken closest to the bone.

Many people like tenderloins as they’re more tender than any other part of the chicken. This is because it’s a muscle that the chicken doesn’t use very often in comparison to its breast muscle.

You can also use chicken breasts and slice them into strips. Breasts are considered a lot healthier than tenderloins as chicken breasts are packed full of vitamins. 

raw chicken tenderloins in a glass bowl

How to Season the Chicken

I love to use my Dry Rub For Chicken recipe which includes garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper.

I’m also a huge fan of pairing ranch with buffalo flavor. So I often season the chicken with my Homemade Ranch Seasoning. My favorite way is to season half of the chicken tenders with ranch seasoning and the other half with the dry rub.

raw seasoned chicken tenderloins in a glass bowl
raw seasoned chicken tenderloins in a glass bowl

What Sauce to Use

Buffalo sauce and hot sauce are not the same thing. Hot sauce is made with cayenne pepper, vinegar, and salt. Buffalo sauce is made with hot sauce, butter, and sometimes other ingredients. Buffalo sauce is much richer and smoother than regular hot sauce.

Your favorite buffalo sauce or buffalo wing sauce will work great in this recipe.

buffalo sauce and spices in separate white bowls

How to Make Buffalo Chicken Tenders

Detailed measurements and full instructions can be found in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

  1. Season the chicken with garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper.
  2. Bake or air fry the chicken.
  3. Drizzle the chicken in buffalo sauce.
raw chicken tenders on a sheet pan
raw chicken tenders in an air fryer

How to Make Crispy Breaded Tenders

For breaded tenders, combine the spices with 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour (use additional flour if necessary) and coat the wings with the seasoned flour mixture.

Bake or air fry the tenders at the same temperature. Spray the tenders with cooking oil prior to cooking. This will ensure they crisp. There’s little to no change in cook time.

buffalo chicken tenders in an air fryer

How to Store/How Long Will it Last in the Fridge

Leftover chicken tenders can be stored tightly covered for 3-4 days.

How to Reheat

I recommend reheating them in the oven or in the air fryer. You can reheat them in both the oven or air fryer at 350 degrees until warm. If you use the microwave if will soften the texture of the chicken.

buffalo chicken tenders on a plate with celery, ranch, and buffalo sauce
buffalo chicken tenders on a plate with celery, ranch, and buffalo sauce

Freezer Tips

Leftovers can be frozen tightly sealed and covered. Defrost the chicken overnight in the fridge. Follow the steps above for reheating.

What to Pair With the Tenders

Air Fryer French Fries
Air Fryer Baked Potato
Air Fryer Onion Rings
Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad
Roasted Ranch Potatoes
Creamy Ranch Mashed Potatoes
Mashed Sweet Potatoes

buffalo chicken tenders on a plate

More Buffalo Sauce Recipes

Slow Cooker Crockpot Buffalo Chicken Dip
Buffalo Shrimp
Buffalo Chicken Chili
Air Fryer Buffalo Wings

buffalo chicken tenders on a plate
buffalo chicken tenders on a plate with celery, and a baked potato
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Buffalo Chicken Tenders

These Buffalo Chicken Tenders are easy to make and seasoned with a homemade dry rub or ranch seasoning and then drizzled in spicy sauce. Pair these strips with any of your favorite side dishes.
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Course dinner, lunch
Cuisine American
Keyword buffalo chicken strips, buffalo chicken tenders, buffalo wild wings chicken tenders
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 106kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken tenders
  • cooking oil
  • 1/4 cup buffalo sauce

Option 1: Standard Chicken Seasoning

Option 2: Ranch Seasoned Chicken Tenders

Instructions

  • Season both sides of the chicken tenders with the spices.

Air Fryer Method

  • Spray the air fryer basket with cooking oil. Place the seasoned chicken in the air fryer.
  • Air fry for 8 minutes at 400 degrees.
  • Open the air fryer and flip the tenders. Air fry for an additional 4-8 minutes at 400 degrees or until the chicken is crisp. Ensure the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees. 
  • Remove the tenders from the air fryer. Drizzle the tenders in buffalo sauce.
  • Serve.

Oven Baking Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Place an oven-safe baking rack on a baking sheet or a sheet pan. Lightly spray with cooking oil/non-stick spray. (The baking rack will produce crispy tenders and is optional. You can use just the sheet pan with parchment paper if you wish).
  • Place the seasoned tenders on the rack or sheet pan.
  • Bake for 10 minutes.
  • Flip each chicken tender. Bake for another 10 minutes or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees.
  • Remove the tenders from the oven. Drizzle the tenders in buffalo sauce.
  • Serve.

Notes

For breaded tenders, combine the spices with 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour (use additional flour if necessary) and coat the wings with the seasoned flour mixture. Bake or air fry the tenders at the same temperature. Spray the tenders with cooking oil prior to cooking. This will ensure they crisp. There’s little to no change in cook time.
Use enough spices to fully coat the chicken. Add additional if necessary.
You can bake the buffalo sauce into the tenders by placing them back in the air fryer or oven for a few minutes (after you have added sauce to them).
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Nutrition (displayed with net carbs)

Serving: 4oz | Calories: 106kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 1g
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Recipe Rating




Ashley

Thursday 1st of September 2022

These are the perfect lunchtime chicken! So easy but so good - tossed it with a salad to make a buffalo chicken salad. I work from home and was able to prep, cook, toss in salad, and enjoy during my lunch break. Easy to meal prep too if you need to make ahead!

staysnatched

Thursday 1st of September 2022

I’m so glad you enjoyed it!