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Spicy Chicken Tenders w/ Zesty Blue Cheese Dipping Sauce

In my home we tend to be firm believers that there are few things that you can eat out that you can’t make better at home.  Chicken tenders are certainly no exception to this thinking. This recipe results in a crispy tender on the outside with moist meat on the inside. But the real show stopper if you will; is the blue cheese dipping sauce.  It’s incredibly flavorful and quite frankly can be used for so many dishes such as a topping for your burgers, steak or even on top of your favorite salad… Give it a try and let me know what you think…..

You will need:
1 ½ lbs chicken tenders
½ C all purpose flour
½ tsp salt
A pinch of cayenne pepper
¾ C plain bread crumbs
3/C Panko bread crumbs
2 large eggs, beaten
½ C Buttermilk
3-4 dashes hot sauce
4-5 C Peanut oil
Directions:
Place a large frying pan over medium heat and pour in the oil…
While the oil is heating you’ll need 3 medium-sizedbowls placing the flour, salt and pepper in one, the bread crumbs in another and the eggs, buttermilk and hot sauce in the last.

Take your chicken tenders and roll in the flour first, then dip into the egg mixture and roll again into the breadcrumbs taking care to fully coat every piece with each step.  Next place the fully coated tenders into the oil taking care not to over crowd the pan. Fry each tender 5-6 minutes on each side or until fully browned and crispy. When the tenders are done remove from the oil and place on a paper towel lined plate and sprinkle with salt.

From here on out it’s all about the hot sauce and blue cheese. With regard to the hot sauce, I am a big lover of Frank’s but the blue cheese is a different story as I am a strong proponent of making my own and once you give this recipe a try I think you will be too…

Blue Cheese Dipping Sauce
You will need…
½ lb crumbled blue cheese
2 cloves minced garlic
3 Tbsp minced shallots
4 strips crumbled cooked bacon (reserve 2 Tbsp of the fat)
1 C mayo
½ C buttermilk
4 oz softened cream cheese
1 tsp pepper

½ tsp saltDirections:

Place a small sauce pan over medium heat and pour in reserved bacon fat. Add shallots and garlic and cook for 3-4 minutes or until softened. Set aside to cool.
Next place the remaining ingredients into a medium-sized bowl and blend with an emulsion blender until smooth. Stir in shallots and garlic and blend again for another 30 seconds. Taste for additional seasoning. Refrigerate for 30 minutes before serving.

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Anonymous says:

We made this last night..very easy and delicious! Everyone loved it and there were no leftovers :(

Holly Henry says:

Wonderful to hear! More great dishes to come!

Piece of Cake says:

This sounds amazing! Im going to try it soon! Check out my blog: http://fatimarana.blogspot.com/

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