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Garlic Parmesan Chicken Tenders

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Are you hunting for chicken tender recipes that combine simplicity with irresistible flavors? Look no further than these garlic parmesan chicken tenders.

Perfectly seasoned and crispy on the outside with perfectly cooked chicken on the inside, this delicious recipe promises to be a busy weeknight dinner champion and a family favorite in no time.

Garlic Parmesan Chicken Tenders being dipped into ranch.

Why You’ll Love Garlic Parmesan Chicken Tenders

Crispy Perfection: One of the undeniable joys of life (at least according to my kids) is crispy chicken tenders. Fried to golden perfection, every bite gives that satisfying crunch that means it’s a premium chicken recipe.

Dip & Dive: Whether it’s ranch, honey mustard, or your favorite dipping sauce, these tenders pair great with just about anything.

Viral Recipe: Given their deliciousness, it’s no surprise versions of these chicken fingers are all over TikTok. Make sure to check out all our viral recipes here.

tiktok viral chicken tenders with seasoned flour.

Simple Ingredients Needed:

  • Buttermilk
  • Pickle juice
  • Chicken tenderloins
  • All-purpose flour
  • Vegetable oil (for frying)
  • Melted butter
  • Grated parmesan cheese
  • Fresh parsley (chopped)
  • Additional Seasoning blend ingredients are below

Herb and Spice Seasoning Blend for Perfect Chicken

  • Garlic powder, Paprika, Salt, Black pepper, Lawry’s seasoning (or any seasoned salt), Onion powder, Cayenne pepper, garlic and herb seasoning. While I have not included pepper flakes in this recipe, they’re an excellent choice for a bit of heat at this stage.
chicken seasonings.

Preparing the Chicken Marinade:

Combine the buttermilk, pickle juice, garlic powder, paprika, a pinch of salt, and black pepper in a medium-sized bowl. Whisk the mixture until all the ingredients are well incorporated.

Add the chicken tenders to the bowl, ensuring each piece is thoroughly coated with the marinade. Allow the chicken to marinate while preparing the seasoned flour mixture.

seasoned buttermilk for chicken tenders.

Flour Mixture and Coating Chicken

In a separate large bowl, combine the following ingredients: all-purpose flour, Lawry’s seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper, garlic and herb seasoning, and black pepper.

Mix these ingredients thoroughly until they are evenly blended.

breading chicken tenders.

Take the marinated chicken tenders and dredge the chicken in flour mixture one by one. Ensure each piece of chicken is generously and evenly coated on both sides.

Once coated, place each chicken tender on a wire rack. Allowing them to rest briefly helps the coating adhere better when frying.

Frying the Chicken Tenders:

In a large cast-iron skillet, pour vegetable oil to a depth of about 2 inches. Begin heating the oil over medium heat. Once the oil is hot (but not smoking), carefully place a batch of chicken tenders into the skillet.

Fry the chicken tenders in a single layer until they develop a golden-brown hue on both sides, which should take approximately 6–8 minutes. Ensure not to overcrowd the skillet.

frying coated chicken tenders in cast iron skillet on stove.

Once properly cooked, remove the chicken tenders from the skillet and let them drain on paper towels to remove any excess oil. Repeat this process with the remaining chicken pieces.

Chicken strips are done when a meat thermometer registers an internal temperature of 165 degrees.

Adding the Parmesan Garlic Sauce:

In a mixing bowl, whisk together melted butter, grated parmesan cheese, chopped parsley, and garlic powder until well combined.

Dredge the freshly fried chicken tenders in garlic butter, ensuring they are well coated. You can also use a pastry brush to generously apply the mixture to each piece of tender, juicy chicken.

garlic parmesan butter sauce for chicken.

Serve mouth-watering garlic parmesan chicken tenders immediately while they’re still warm.

Commonly Asked Questions

Can I use boneless chicken breasts instead of tenders?

Answer: Absolutely!

You can slice boneless, skinless chicken breasts into strips to mimic the size and shape of tenders. Just be mindful of the cooking time, as thicker slices may require a slightly longer frying time to ensure they’re cooked through.

sliced chicken tenderloins

How can I make my chicken tenders extra crispy?

Answer: Ensuring your oil is at the right temperature (around 350°F or 175°C) is key.

Also, letting the coated chicken tenders rest on a wire rack before frying can help the flour mixture adhere better, producing a crispier exterior.

wire rack for crispy chicken tenders.

Is there a gluten-free option for the coating?

Answer: You can substitute all-purpose flour with almond or coconut flour for a gluten-free alternative. Some people also use crushed gluten-free breadcrumbs or cornstarch.

How do I store leftovers?

Answer: Leftover crispy tenders can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. For best reheating results, use an oven or toaster oven to retain their crispiness.

What other dipping sauces pair well with these tenders besides ranch?

Answer: Dip chicken in your favorite sauce!

Honey mustard, blue cheese, BBQ sauce, or even a spicy aioli complement the fantastic flavor of garlic and parmesan.

chicken strips in ranch dressing.

Are there any alternative seasonings I can use if I don’t have the ones listed?

Answer: The beauty of a chicken tenders recipe is how easy it is to alter. Feel free to experiment with what you have on hand if you still need an ingredient or two.

Italian seasoning, fresh basil, lemon pepper, or even a dash of curry powder—the choice is yours.

  • Salt and Pepper Chicken: Easy Chinese-cuisine inspired, this simple salt and pepper recipe delivers fantastic flavor.
  • Lipton Chicken: An oldie but a goodie. A packet of Lipton’s onion soup mix and a crock pot are all you need for a chicken dish that is both savory and incredibly satisfying.

  • Marry Me Chicken: Rumor has it that one taste of this, and you’ll understand its name! With ingredients like sun-dried tomatoes, heavy cream, and fresh herbs, it’s a creamy, dreamy experience that’ll have your taste buds swooning.
  • Honey Buttered Chicken: Another smothered chicken recipe, tender chicken pieces are glazed in a blend of sweet honey and rich butter, which leaves you full and happy.
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5 from 4 votes

Garlic Parmesan Chicken Tenders

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside, these garlic parmesan chicken tenders are a delicious twist on a classic chicken strip recipe. Garlic butter chicken tenderloins, cooked to perfection on the stovetop, are ready in just about 20 minutes. A quick meal for busy weeknights that the whole family will love! Aromatic garlic combined with grated parmesan and butter and smothered over chicken tenderloins can also be a great party appetizer.


  • Cast Iron Skillet


  • 2 lbs. chicken tenders
  • vegetable oil


  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • ¼ cup dill pickle juice
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. Black Pepper
  • ½ tsp. Paprika

Flour Mixture

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. Cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp. garlic and herb seasoning
  • 1 tbsp. Lawry's seasoning
  • ½ tsp. ground black pepper

Garlic Parmesan Butter

  • 1 stick butter melted
  • cup grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 2 tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder


Marinating the Chicken

  • In a large bowl, combine the following ingredients: Buttermilk, Pickle juice, Garlic powder, Paprika, Salt, and Black Pepper. Whisk the mixture until well combined. Add the raw chicken tenders, ensuring each piece is well-coated with the marinade. Let the chicken sit in the bowl and marinate while you prepare the flour mixture.
    buttermilk marinade for garlic parmesan chicken tenders

Flour Mixture

  • In a separate large bowl, combine the following: Flour, Lawry's seasoning, Garlic powder, Onion powder, Cayenne pepper, Garlic and herb seasoning, and Black pepper. Mix the ingredients thoroughly.
    breading chicken tenders.
  • Take each marinated chicken tender and dredge it in the flour mixture, ensuring it's generously coated on both sides.
  • Place the coated chicken tenders on a wire rack and let them rest.

Frying Chicken Tenders

  • In a large skillet, pour vegetable oil until it's about 2 inches deep. Heat over medium heat.
  • Once the oil is hot, carefully add a batch of chicken tenders. Fry until they are browned on both sides, approximately 6-8 minutes in total. The internal temperature should be 165 degrees with a meat thermometer. If the chicken is browning too much, turn down heat until fully cooked inside.
    frying chicken stovetop.
  • Once cooked, remove the tenders from the skillet and place them on paper towels to drain any excess oil. Continue frying the remaining batches of chicken tenders.
    homemade chicken tenders on a paper towel.

Parmesan Garlic Butter

  • In a bowl, mix the following: Melted butter, grated Parmesan cheese, Parsley, and Garlic powder.
    mix garlic parmesan butter sauce.
  • You can either dredge the tenders in the mixture or use a pastry brush to apply it. Serve the chicken tenderloins immediately. They pair well with homemade ranch dressing.
    tiktok viral chicken tenders with seasoned flour.


Dips that go well with chicken strips: 
Ranch, Honey Mustard, Buffalo Sauce, Barbeque Sauce, and Tzatziki.

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  1. was super good and easy to make! I loved it 🙂

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