Cajun Chicken Tenders with Dipping Sauce

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Cajun Chicken Tenders by WickedGoodKitchen.com ~ Crispy, tender and juicy chicken tenders spiced just right served with our Sweet Heat Dipping Sauce. Perfect for game day! #football #game_day #superbowl #party #recipeWho doesn’t love tender and juicy chicken tenders with a crispy coating—especially seasoned just right? Our Cajun Chicken Tenders are just the ticket. Add to the mix our Sweet Heat Dijon-Apricot Dipping Sauce and you are in for a real treat! The ideal appetizer for casual entertaining, football tailgating and game day parties—especially The Super Bowl!

It’s All About Orange & Peyton…
Cajun Chicken Tenders & Sweet Heat Dipping Sauce
For The Super Bowl!

Are you ready for The Big Game? Decided on what you will be serving? As I mentioned in my previous post, have I got a great recipe for you!

Seriously. You didn’t think I’d forget to share a Super Bowl recipe or two, did ya? Although I have been busy developing a special baked breakfast treat using yeasted sweet dough, as well as an incredible Valentine’s Day dessert (I can’t wait to share this one with you…I’m busting at the seams!), both of which I will be sharing soon on the blog, I cleared my schedule to accommodate a couple casual entertaining recipes to celebrate our beloved and much admired NFL player, and former Indianapolis Colts Captain and MVP, Peyton Manning!

Cajun Chicken Tenders by WickedGoodKitchen.com ~ Crispy, tender and juicy chicken tenders spiced just right served with our Sweet Heat Dipping Sauce. Perfect for game day! #football #game_day #superbowl #party #recipe

For those who do not know, I just adore the man. His leadership both on and off the field is exemplary. His media savvy? Stellar. His professionalism, as a pro athlete serving as an example to small children in sports? Phenomenal. A player’s player and a sportsman’s sportman? Without question. (Just ask Tom Brady. Quote below.) A terrific older brother to Eli Manning? Affirmative. His cuteness factor, both personality and sweet boyish looks? Off the charts. A giving heart? Beyond imagination. Although Peyton is now a part of the Denver Broncos NFL franchise, his footprints of generosity shine throughout our fair city. So, for this Super Bowl, we here at Wicked Good Kitchen are doing the orange thang…all…the…way! Yeah, baby.

“To me, he’s the greatest of all time. He’s a friend of mine, and someone that I always watch and admire, because he always wants to improve, he always wants to get better, and he doesn’t settle for anything less than the best. So, when you watch the best and you’re able to learn from the best, hopefully that helps me get better.”

—Tom Brady, on Peyton Manning

Cajun Chicken Tenders by WickedGoodKitchen.com ~ Crispy, tender and juicy chicken tenders spiced just right served with our Sweet Heat Dipping Sauce. Perfect for game day! #football #game_day #superbowl #party #recipe

OK, now…back to the food!

What makes our Cajun Chicken Tenders wicked good? Tender, juicy chicken tenders with a Cajun-spiced crispy breaded coating that football party dreams are made of. Add to the mix our Sweet Heat Dipping Sauce and you’ve got football food nirvana. Children and adults alike enjoy this recipe. (You can control or even eliminate the heat for the little ones.) The perfect appetizer for casual entertaining, football tailgating and game day parties—especially The Super Bowl! Make these incredible Cajun Chicken Tenders and your family and friends will think you are a rock star party host! Over-the-moon wicked good, fer shure.

Cajun Chicken Tenders by WickedGoodKitchen.com ~ Crispy, tender and juicy chicken tenders spiced just right served with our Sweet Heat Dipping Sauce. Perfect for game day! #football #game_day #superbowl #party #recipe

And, if Cajun Chicken Tenders with Sweet Heat Dipping Sauce is not your bag, there’s always our “award winning” (you must read the article, ha!) Buffalo Chicken Chowder w/ Cheese Tortellini & Bacon that I developed to celebrate the Super Bowl coming to Indianapolis in 2011. It’s made with Frank’s® RedHot® Hot Sauce, plenty of Cheddar cheese and complete with bacon and bleu cheese crumbles on top. It’s orange. It’s football-friendly. It’s hearty. It’s irresistibly creamy and satisfying with that classic ‘Buffalo chicken heat’ and plenty of tender chunks of chicken. And, men really love it! Women do, too, of course. In fact, because we ate up all of our chicken tenders and licked our fingers clean, we are whipping up this chowder today! It is truly over-the-moon deliciousness.

Cajun Chicken Tenders by WickedGoodKitchen.com ~ Crispy, tender and juicy chicken tenders spiced just right served with our Sweet Heat Dipping Sauce. Perfect for game day! #football #game_day #superbowl #party #recipe

Do yourself a favor and serve up this simple but phenomenally good appetizer, Cajun Chicken Tenders. I wager that it will become an instant hit amongst family and friends!

Once again…

Go Peyton! We’re all cheering for you from Indy! (Really love that guy and miss him. God willing, he will snare his next Super Bowl ring!)

Go Broncos!

xo,

stacysig

 

 

Cajun Chicken Tenders with Dipping Sauce

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: Makes 4 to 6 servings as an appetizer.

Cajun Chicken Tenders with Dipping Sauce

What makes our Cajun Chicken Tenders wicked good? Tender, juicy chicken tenders with a Cajun-spiced crispy breaded coating that football party dreams are made of. Add to the mix our Sweet Heat Dipping Sauce and you’ve got football food nirvana. Children and adults alike enjoy this recipe. (You can control the heat for the little ones.) The perfect appetizer for casual entertaining, football tailgating and game day parties—especially The Super Bowl! Make these incredible Cajun Chicken Tenders and your family and friends will think you are a rock star party host! Over-the-moon wicked good, fer shure.

Ingredients

  • 1½ pounds chicken tenders, tendons removed, rinsed & patted dry
  • For the Egg Batter
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons milk (I use whole milk)
  • For the Cajun-Spiced Breading
  • 1 cup Italian-Style bread crumbs, such as Progresso®, or homemade
  • 1 to 1½ teaspoons ground cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • ½ teaspoon coarse-ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon ground white pepper
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Light olive oil, for frying
  • Special Equipment & Supplies
  • Long-handled kitchen tongs, very helpful
  • Wax paper, very helpful

Directions

Preheat oven to 375°F. Meanwhile, place chicken tenders on a plate and keep near cooktop. Place a large sheet of wax paper on countertop near cooktop to place breaded chicken tenders before frying.

Prepare the Egg Batter: In a wide shallow dish (such as a small baking dish), lightly beat egg with a fork. Add milk and beat until well blended. Keep fork nearby to help with dipping.

Prepare the Cajun-Spiced Breading: In a separate wide shallow dish, combine all breading ingredients.

Heat a large frying pan or skillet over medium to medium-high heat with a generous amount of oil to coat the bottom. Prepare a large plate or platter, lined with paper toweling to absorb excess oil, near cooktop to transfer hot chicken tenders. The oil is ready for frying once it ripples.

Dip chicken tenders into egg batter, then into breading mixture coating well. After coating, place tenders onto wax paper near cooktop. Carefully place breaded chicken tenders into the pan to fry using a pair of long-handled kitchen tongs and taking care not to overcrowd. Cook until golden brown and crisp watching carefully so breading doesn’t burn, about 1 to 2 minutes per side. Using tongs, turn tenders over to brown other sides.

Transfer fried chicken tenders onto paper towel-lined platter using tongs to absorb excess oil. Repeat with remaining chicken tenders adding more oil for frying as necessary. After a few minutes, transfer to baking dish or pan in a single layer.

Bake in preheated oven to ensure chicken is cooked through and is nice and crisp, about 5 to 8 minutes depending on size and thickness of tenders. Serve hot with Wicked Good Kitchen’s Sweet Heat Dijon-Apricot Dipping Sauce or your favorite sauce.

Recipe Notes

Tips:

Fresh thyme leaves may be used in lieu of dried. Simply use 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves as an equivalent to 1 teaspoon of dried thyme leaves. Recipe can easily be doubled to serve more.

Can be made ahead of time and warmed in a 375°F. oven just before serving guests.

Original Recipe Source: WickedGoodKitchen.com

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About Stacy

Stacy Bryce is a recipe developer and member of the IACP (International Association of Culinary Professionals). Her passion is developing original conventional baking recipes as well as special diet recipes to include dairy-free, gluten-free and grain-free. You can follow Stacy at Pinterest.

Comments

  1. Stacy, your pictures are so clear and beautiful that I want to take a piece right from the plate and dip it in that wonderful sauce. What a delightful combination, I love it!

  2. These tenders look so good, Stacy! The cajun breading plus that dipping sauce are a perfect match!
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  3. Stacy, these look so tasty. The specs in the breading make it zesty and delicious.
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  4. Maria | Pink Patisserie says:

    I love a good chicken tender and spicy chicken tenders are all the better!! Looks delicious Stacy!

  5. Stacy these chicken tenders look to die for! I don’t watch the super bowl, but if these tenders and that sweet heat dipping sauce were on the table, I would change my ways for sure! Speaking of that super easy, 2 ingredient sauce, it is BRILLIANT all by itself!
    GORGEOUS photos! So looking forward to your sweet breakfast treat and valentines dessert!
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    • Thank you, Shashi! I appreciate your kind words and compliments. I can’t wait to share those two recipes! You must try this sauce soon. Meanwhile, enjoy your Sunday! 🙂

  6. Looks absolutely delicious! 🙂
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  7. Stacy, this looks so so good. Love cajun flavors and your pictures are amazing.
    I am going to try this one out, looks crispy and perfect.

  8. Wow, the chicken looks so crispy. Your photos are so good that it looks like I could grab a piece and dip it into that tasty sauce.
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  9. So the game wasn’t the greatest, and I felt bad for Peyton! At least these chicken tenders would be a super bowl party favorite! They look delicious, Stacy!
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    • Thank you, Marcie! Yes…so true about Peyton. I felt so bad! But, as it goes, the team with the best defense always wins. Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!

  10. You’re making me so super hungry just looking at this. I’ve been craving chicken tenders for a while and this cajun-style one with the amazing dipping sauce is calling my name!! I wish I could come over and have you make this for me! 🙂
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  11. These chicken tenders look fantastic, Stacy! And that dipping sauce-woah!! Pinning!
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  12. Stacy, love this kind of food… with all the cajun action… and dipping sauce! So mouth watering.
    Can’t wait for that delicious recipe with the sweet dough. You know how I love that stuff. (=
    Sorry about your orange team last night! Bummer deal.. 🙁
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    • Thank you, Gloria! Yes, such a bummer for Peyton and team. (Argh!) The yeasted sweet dough recipe needs one more test (and photography), but Valentine’s Day recipes are coming up next. Have a great week, my friend!

  13. and there is ample dipping sauce.
    don’t you hate when places give you a tiny amount of sauce?
    I’m like, hello, can I have some more?

    • Yes! What is the deal about never getting enough dipping sauce? Ample dipping sauce is always necessary with fried chicken tenders and, therefore, best made at home. 🙂 I’m so glad you agree! Thanks for stopping by and have a great week, my friend!

  14. oh these look spicy and DELICIOUS, great photos!
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  15. these tenders looks so great! love that breading!
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  16. Stacy, these look perfet! My husband is going to love this recipe. He loves cajun everything. I can’t wait to see what you’ve baked up for V-Day.

  17. Great recipe!!! Love the dipping sauce, especially!
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    • Thank you, Ashley! I hope you’re having a great week. Can’t wait to get over to your blog and see what you’re doing for V-Day! 🙂

  18. These look so good! I love the flavor of anything Cajun so these chicken tenders are definitely going into my recipe box!
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  19. Stacy… GIRL… you have me drooling over these chicken tenders! So hungry NOW.
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  20. The crispy coating on these chicken fingers looks absolutely amazing! I’m drooling over here wishing that I could have these for dinner 🙂
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    • Thank you, Ashley! These chicken tenders are quite addicting. Thanks for stopping by and have a great rest of the week!:)

  21. I don’t know any kid or adult who doesn’t love chicken tenders – love your spicy kick Stacy, right up my alley!
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  22. I have been craving chicken tenders, but I totally love the cajun idea even more than regular tenders! This is going to be amazing, planning on a dinner next week!
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  23. Can’t wait to try these chicken tenders, Stacy!! Our boys are gonna love this one. Thanks for the awesome post!!

    • Thanks, Dan! My pleasure. Oh, your boys…they will love these spicy chicken tenders and beg for more. 😉 Have a great weekend, my friend! xo

  24. Cajun anything is a favorite of mine, and that lovely apricot dipping sauce sounds out-of-this-world delicious! I’d love to have these chicken tenders anytime. They look wonderful!
    Have a fantastic weekend my friend! <3
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    • Thank you, Consuelo! You must try these Cajun chicken tenders soon. You will love them. Have a fabulous weekend, my friend!

  25. Wow, these chicken tenders look amazing and so crispy Stacy! I love the spicy cajun flavors in here and the photos are stunning as always girl! These would go perfectly with your dipping sauce – I can imagine how incredible it would all taste together 🙂

  26. I know that everyone would enjoy your tasty tenders…adding the dipping sauce to the dish and it sounds like a real winner.
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  27. Bookmarked! Chicken tenders are my favorite. I’m always looking for interesting new recipes! 🙂
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    • Thanks, Erin! You will love these Cajun Chicken Tenders. Everyone seems to enjoy them. Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend! 🙂

  28. AHHHH this recipy is TO Delish to handle 🙂 love your blog and im following now.

    Check out my blog today…my all time fav. lasagna recipy 🙂

    Have a fab week dear

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