What’s Clucking? Tasty Tenders.


Crouton Crushed Chicken Tenders with Orange Barbecue Sauce

Chicken is so wonderful! Grill it, bake it, fry it, sauté it, marinate it, shred it, I love it! This recipe is no exception, kids or no kids, chicken tenders are BOMB! The flavor and texture that is achieved from the garlic butter croutons and Panko bread crumbs is scrumptious. Then dipping this crispy tender juicy morsel of chicken into the sweet tangy smokey orange barbecue sauce is to die for! The recipe below calls for baking the chicken which I’m sure is still good and maybe a bit more healthy. But, we don’t always do what were supposed to do, sometimes a little bad is a lot a good. Anyway, its just a pan fry with a little oil, not too bad. Anyway, makes for a great meal for yourself, the kids or even an appetizer tray for hosting. It’s very easy, very quick and perfect for a weeknight meal, it’s EJlicious! Thank you for reading. Enjoy.


  • 1 (6-ounce) bag garlic and butter croutons
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/3 cup Italian Panko bread crumbs
  • 1 1/2 pounds chicken tenders

Orange Barbeque Sauce:

  • 1/3 cup barbeque sauce
  • 2 tablespoons orange marmalade
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce (I like Franks)


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Cut the corner off of the bag croutons just enough to let the air escape. Place the bag onto a cutting board, cover with a kitchen towel and smash it with a rolling pin. Crush the croutons until coarse in texture.

Set up a breading station with 3 pie plates or baking dishes. In 1 dish add the flour, and season it with poultry seasoning, and a generous pinch of salt and pepper. In the second dish mix together the egg and buttermilk. In the third dish add the crushed croutons, and the bread crumbs.

Dip chicken tenders into the flour and shake of any excess. Then dip them into the buttermilk, and then into the bread crumb mixture making sure to thoroughly coat the tenders. Put the tenders on a baking sheet and bake for 10 to 12 minutes.

Transfer to a platter and serve with the orange barbeque sauce.

Orange Barbecue Dipping Sauce: Add all of the ingredients to a small bowl, and whisk together until well combined.


Recipe courtesy of Sandra Lee

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