Hot Honey Chicken Tenders

Hot Honey Chicken Tenders are a delightful fusion of sweet and spicy flavors that will leave your taste buds tingling with pleasure. This recipe combines crispy chicken tenders with a luscious hot honey glaze that’s as easy to make as it is delicious. Whether you’re serving them as a party snack, a game-day treat, or a family dinner, these chicken tenders are sure to be a hit. Get ready to experience the perfect balance of heat and sweetness in every bite.


For the Chicken Tenders:

  • 1 pound chicken tenders
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups panko breadcrumbs
  • Cooking oil (such as vegetable or canola), for frying

For the Hot Honey Glaze:

  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons hot sauce (adjust to taste)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust to taste)
  • Salt to taste


Preparing the Chicken Tenders:

  1. Season the chicken tenders with salt and black pepper.
  2. Set up a breading station with three shallow bowls: one with flour, one with beaten eggs, and one with panko breadcrumbs.
  3. Dredge each chicken tender in the flour, shaking off any excess.
  4. Dip the floured chicken tender into the beaten eggs, allowing any excess to drip off.
  5. Finally, coat the chicken tender with panko breadcrumbs, pressing the breadcrumbs onto the chicken to adhere.

Frying the Chicken Tenders:

  1. In a large skillet or deep fryer, heat about 1 inch of cooking oil over medium-high heat to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Carefully add the breaded chicken tenders to the hot oil in batches, ensuring they are not overcrowded.
  3. Fry the chicken tenders for about 3-4 minutes per side, or until they are golden brown and cooked through. The internal temperature should reach 165°F (74°C).
  4. Use a slotted spoon or tongs to transfer the cooked chicken tenders to a plate lined with paper towels to drain any excess oil.

Making the Hot Honey Glaze:

  1. In a small saucepan, combine the honey, hot sauce, unsalted butter, apple cider vinegar, garlic powder, paprika, cayenne pepper, and a pinch of salt.
  2. Cook the mixture over low heat, stirring continuously, until the butter is melted, and the glaze is well combined. Taste and adjust the level of heat and sweetness according to your preference by adding more hot sauce or honey.

Coating the Chicken Tenders:

  1. Drizzle the hot honey glaze over the fried chicken tenders, making sure to coat them evenly.


  1. Serve the Hot Honey Chicken Tenders hot, garnished with extra hot honey glaze and chopped fresh herbs, if desired.

Variations and Tips

  • Baking Option: If you prefer a healthier alternative, you can bake the breaded chicken tenders in a preheated oven at 425°F (220°C) for about 15-20 minutes or until they are cooked through and crispy.
  • Spice Level: Adjust the heat of the glaze by varying the amount of hot sauce and cayenne pepper. Taste as you go to achieve your desired level of spiciness.
  • Side Dishes: Serve the chicken tenders with a side of coleslaw, potato salad, or crispy french fries for a complete meal.
  • Dipping Sauce: Offer additional hot honey glaze or your favorite dipping sauces like ranch or blue cheese dressing for added flavor.
  • Storage: Any leftover Hot Honey Chicken Tenders can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two days. Reheat in the oven to maintain their crispiness.


Hot Honey Chicken Tenders are the epitome of sweet and spicy perfection. This recipe combines the satisfying crunch of crispy chicken tenders with a hot honey glaze that’s as easy to make as it is irresistible. Whether you’re enjoying them as a snack, appetizer, or main course, these tenders offer a delightful balance of flavors that will have you reaching for seconds. So, prepare to indulge in the delectable fusion of sweet and spicy with these mouthwatering Hot Honey Chicken Tenders.

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