Chicken Basket Fried Chicken Tenders Recipe


Chicken basket fried chicken tenders recipe is one of those mouthwatering delicious chicken recipes. It has a wonderful golden, crispy outside and juicy and tender inside. It gives some stiff competition to your favorite restaurant chicken basket tenderloins.

We’ve created this easy recipe that can be put together with your busy schedule and on your table in 30 minutes. Your guests will give it rave reviews and you’ll get requests for this recipe again! It’s that good.

Chicken Basket Fried Chicken Tenders. Photo by CookThink.
Chicken Basket Fried Chicken Tenders. Photo by CookThink.


Medium Pan or Deep Fryer
Cooking Thermometer
Mixing Bowl

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Whole Milk
Chicken Broth
All-purpose Flour
Self-rising Flour Chicken Tenderloins
Canola Oil

This Recipe Is Restaurant Grade

When I tested and developed this recipe, I had some folks give some feedback as to their opinion of the flavor and quality of the chicken basket. The feedback I received was that it would give some stiff competition to Culver’s chicken tenderloins and reminded some of Chick-fil-A chicken tenders. We trust you will love these too.

What Cut of Chicken Should You Use?

This recipe is written for chicken tenderloins. They’re a favorite because they’re smaller, no bone and tender meat. But we’ve also tested this recipe with bone in skin on cuts such as chicken thighs and legs.

The bottom line is it doesn’t matter what cut you use, the key is to make sure you allow the chicken to cook long enough so that it gets done. If you’re using a thicker piece of chicken such as a bone in, skin on thigh or breast, make sure you increase the cook time accordingly, using the internal temperature of 165 degrees as your goal for knowing the chicken is done.

Chicken Basket Fried Chicken Tenders. Photo by CookThink.
Chicken Basket Fried Chicken Tenders. Photo by CookThink.

What Kind of Oil Should You Use?

We recommend using Canola oil. But you can also use peanut oil or vegetable oil.

When deep frying food with oil, always be sure to maintain the temperature outlined in the recipe. If the temperature of your grease creeps up, you can be at risk of a fire. If a grease fire does occur, use baking soda or a fire extinguisher to put it out. Never use water to attempt to put out a grease fire.

Can You Freeze Chicken Basket Fried Chicken?

Yes. Chicken Basket Fried Chicken can be placed in an airtight container or zipped bag and stored in the freezer for up to 3 months. Our hunch is however, that it’s best when eaten fresh. There’s nothing quite like fresh homemade deep-fried chicken.

How To Store Chicken Basket Fried Chicken

Chicken Basket chicken can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. To help keep it as fresh as possible, seal it in a zipped bag or place it in an airtight container.

Can Chicken Basket Fried Chicken Be Made Gluten Free?

Yes. To make this recipe gluten free, you’ll need to use a good all-purpose gluten free flour. You can substitute it 1:1. You can substitute regular all-purpose gluten free flour in place of both the regular flour and the self-rising flour.

Can Chicken Basket Fried Chicken Be Made Ahead?

Yes. These delicious chicken tenders can be made ahead. Follow our directions above for storing them and the directions below for reheating them.

Chicken Basket Fried Chicken Tenders. Photo by CookThink.
Chicken Basket Fried Chicken Tenders. Photo by CookThink.

How to Reheat Chicken Basket Fried Chicken

The main caution when reheating chicken basket fried chicken is to not allow it to dry out. One of the best things about fresh chicken made from this recipe is that it’s juicy. Reheating this chicken incorrectly can dry out that moisture.

The best way to reheat is to use the oven. The oven provides a dry heat that will allow the chicken to stay crispy on the outside and moist on the inside. Use a baking dish with a cover or cover with foil if you’re concerned about losing too much moisture.

If you’re in a hurry, chicken can be microwaved to reheat it. But be careful to not over microwave it or it will become tough.

Can You Make Chicken Basket Fried Chicken Without Self-Rising Flour?

Yes. I tested the recipe using only all-purpose flour in place of the self-rising flour. The outcome was still very delicious. The main difference you will notice if you make it this way is the breading on the chicken does not rise or expand. It just stays the same. It doesn’t alter the flavor.

What Dip Should I Use for My Chicken Basket Fried Chicken?

Great idea! Who doesn’t like to eat chicken tenders with dip! And when choosing your dipping sauce the sky is the limit. Choose whatever you’re in the mood for. Here are some ideas:
Honey Mustard
Dijon Mustard
Plain Yellow Mustard
Honey BBQ
BBQ Sauce
Chick-fil-A Sauce
Sour Cream
Spinach Dip
Spinach Artichoke Dip
Rotel Dip

Chicken Basket Fried Chicken Tenders. Photo by CookThink.
Chicken Basket Fried Chicken Tenders. Photo by CookThink.

How To Make Chicken Basket Fried Chicken

Chicken Basket Fried Chicken has been created to be an easy recipe that you can have on the table in 30 minutes. Just mix up the wet ingredients. Dip the chicken in the wet mixture, then the dry and it’s time to deep fry!


1 Egg, beaten
¼ cup Whole Milk
¾ cup Chicken Broth
1 ½ tsp Salt
½ tsp Black Pepper
1 cup All-purpose Flour
1 cup Self-rising Flour
1 ½ pounds Chicken Tenderloins
Canola Oil for frying


1. Heat oil in a heavy saucepan to 350 degrees.

2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together liquid ingredients, egg, milk, chicken broth, salt and pepper until well combined.

3. Add self-rising flour and mix.

4. In a separate bowl, add 1 cup of flour.

5. Dip each piece of chicken into the batter, then into the flour.

6. Add the chicken to the oil in small enough batches so that there is space around each piece. Turn as it cooks. Fry until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165 degrees and the outside is golden brown. About 8-10 minutes if using chicken tenderloins.

Serve warm and enjoy!

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