Spicy Chicken Tenders with Creamy Dip
This recipe is reminiscent of Buffalo Chicken Wings, a spicy appetizer that combines chicken with a creamy blue cheese dip.
- 1½ pounds chicken tenders
- 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 tablespoon hot pepper sauce
- 1 egg, beaten
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup dry bread crumbs
- 1 cup creamy blue cheese salad dressing
- ½ cup chopped celery
- ¼ cup olive oil
Spread chicken tenders onto waxed paper. On shallow plate, combine cayenne pepper, hot pepper sauce, egg, and salt and mix well. Place bread crumbs on another plate.
Dip chicken tenders, two at a time, into egg mixture then into bread crumbs to coat. Place on wire rack while coating remaining tenders.
In small bowl, combine salad dressing and celery; cover and chill until ready to serve.
Heat olive oil in heavy skillet over medium heat. Fry chicken tenders, 4 or 5 at a time, for 6 to 9 minutes, turning once, until brown and crisp on the outside and fully cooked. Drain on paper towels as they are finished.
Serve hot with the celery dip.
Chicken tenderloin is part of the breast; it is a small thin muscle underneath, next to the bone. Chicken tenders can be made from the tenderloin or just cut from any part of the breast. They cook very quickly and are great for children, because their shape makes them easy to pick up, dunk, and eat.