The simplest way to make classic American fried chicken tenders is to coat 1 pound of boneless chicken tenderloins with 1/4 cup of vegetable oil and 1/2 cup of seasoned bread crumbs, and then cook the breaded tenders in 1/4 cup of vegetable oil for about 10 minutes, or until the chicken is thoroughly cooked and the breading is golden brown. Some recipes incorporate spices and buttermilk to enhance flavor, and some use eggs to improve the breading.
The New York Times suggests dredging the chicken tenders in 1/2 cup of flour, seasoned with salt and pepper, and then dipping the tenders in a bowl with two eggs, beaten. Cover the tenders with 2 1/2 cups of fresh bread crumbs, and fry over medium heat in 3 tablespoons of butter until golden, or about seven minutes per side.
Taste of Home offers a simple Southern-style fried chicken tender recipe with buttermilk, spices and Parmesan cheese. To make six servings, mix one egg and 1/2 cup of buttermilk in a bowl, and combine 1 cup of flour, 1 1/2 teaspoons of garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon of paprika, salt and pepper in a separate container, Dip two pounds of boneless tenderloins into the egg mixture, coat with seasoned flour and pan fry at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for about three minutes per side. Sprinkle the hot tenders with 2 tablespoons of grated Parmesan cheese.