Crispy Chipotle Chicken Fingers


There is nothing like Fried Chicken in the South. The crispy rich skin encasing moist and juicy chicken with flavors like cayenne and paprika screaming at you is, for a Southerner, HOME. I had one of my best friends ask me the  other day to blog about something more family friendly. Something with ingredients she has heard of and methods she can do quickly and easily. I am so GLAD she mentioned this to me because I haven’t done a family friendly meal in a long time. I mean, I strive to make every dish easy and accessible to everyone, but sometimes they aren’t necessarily family friendly just really easier than your typical culinary dishes.

So in honor of my BFF Alison (I know your dying right now bc I just mentioned your name!) I would like to present you with my family friendly ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE mouthwatering fried chicken. I chose chicken tenders instead of breasts, legs and thighs because chicken tenders are so inexpensive, they cook faster because of their size and tenders are perfect for additions to salads, pasta, sandwiches and well, simply marvelous dipped in a sweet mustard sauce.

Now we all know that even though I am going the family friendly route I still needed to kick things up a notch. I wanted to add a flavor to the chicken that would give it that special touch. I always use paprika, I always use cajun seasoning and of course salt and pepper but I hardly every use chipotle when cooking with fried foods so I decided to give it a go. The subtle smokiness and mild spicy flavor of chipotle was the perfect touch for a twist on classic chicken tenders. I used chipotle two ways in this dish. First I minced up chipotle peppers in adobe sauce and added them to the buttermilk marinade and then I added chipolte powder to the flour/breading mix.

My double dipped chipotle chicken tenders are easy and loaded with flavor without a lot of special ingredients. Just the right amount of heat and spice! You are going to love this but in the even you aren’t a chipotle loving fan then by all means substitute the chipotle with one of your favorite spices. Whether it is garlic, paprika, lemon pepper or even lime. Chicken tenders make the perfect canvas to experiment with.


Crispy Chipotle Chicken Fingers


1.5 pounds of chicken tenders, thawed

1-2 chipotle peppers in adobe sauce, minced

1 cup buttermilk

1 1/2 cups flour

1 1/2 tsp salt

1 1/2 tsp pepper

1 TBSP chipotle powder

1 1/2 tsp garlic powder

1 1/2 tsp cajun seasoning


Place the buttermilk, chicken tenders and the minced chipotle peppers in a large glass bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

Meanwhile, prepare your breading. Mix together the flour with the remaining seasonings in a large brown or plastic bag. Shake well to distribute evenly and set aside.

Heat your oil in a large dutch oven or deep fryer to 375 degrees. Using tongs, gently lift 3-4 chicken tenders at a time from the buttermilk (shaking to remove excess buttermilk) and place in the bag of flour. Seal the bag and shake for 1-2 minutes until each chicken tender has been thoroughly coated. Place the chicken tenders in the hot oil and cook 4-5 minutes on each side. Drain on a paper towel and repeat the process with the remaining chicken tenders.



  1. Joanne

    Given that I live so far up north, it is highly likely that I’ve never had really good fried chicken. I can at least tell that the chipotle is the perfect twist! I bet these were addictive!

    16 . May . 2011
  2. Heather p.

    I am always looking for the perfect recipe for fried chicken. I can never get it right so I am trying your version this week. It I can do it right then the whole family will love me and you!

    16 . May . 2011
  3. Bonnie

    Just catching up on posts and saw the donut bread pudding. Oh my goodness! I am definitely going to try that one. Alas, a Krispy Kreme came to our area but didn’t last long. These northerners (midwestern, I suppose) just don’t know the joy of seeing that sign lit! The chicken looks delicious. This southern girl loves her friend chicken.

    I read your comment about opening the levies in your area. So terrible to have to sacrifice farmland. I do understand about the cities but wish some compromise would work.


    16 . May . 2011
  4. Shawn

    O-M-Goodness!!! They look so good, I can’t stop looking at the photos! These are a definite for this week 🙂

    16 . May . 2011
  5. Alise

    I love frying tenders over breasts. So much easier and this recipe sounds great. The pictures are mouth watering

    16 . May . 2011
  6. Mom Matters

    You can’t go wrong with chicken tenders for a family and I love the use of chipotle in the buttermilk and seasonings. Never thought to do that. Genius girlfriend and this looks just simply amazing

    16 . May . 2011
  7. To the Kitchen

    Southern Fried Chicken. Nothing beats it girl and these tenders look straight from a mag they are so pretty and delicious looking. another great one

    16 . May . 2011
  8. Erica

    Wow! Those look perfect! Josh and I are HUGE fans of that chipotle flavor. Hope you had a nice weekend 🙂

    16 . May . 2011
  9. Tiff @ Love, Sweat, and Beers

    I agree with Erica – These look perfect!

    16 . May . 2011
  10. sara@domesticallychallenged

    Fine, I’ll come over and eat them.

    16 . May . 2011
  11. Peachy Keen

    These look scrumptious! Its actually been pretty impossible to find fried chicken here in London and these might be just the ticket.

    16 . May . 2011
  12. Always Fashionable

    Love Love Love it! I am a sucker for anything fried let alone chicken with flavors of chipotle! To die for!

    16 . May . 2011
  13. Kristen

    How insanely good does that look. I am very impressed by not only the recipe but the pictures! You are getting so awesome at picture taking girl.

    16 . May . 2011
  14. Mary

    Oh YES!! thanks for such a killer recipe – I am going to give my familiy a treat with this!! I’m so hungry just looking at your lovely photos
    Have a great day

    16 . May . 2011
    • Kitchen Belleicious

      Thanks Mary- your too sweet! Hope ya’ll enjoy them as much as we did!

      16 . May . 2011
  15. TexasMom

    Chicken is by far our favorite meal in this house, not only because we are southern but its just so DANG good! You can’t go wrong with frying up a chicken. I love the flavors you used. Never done them before and can’t wait to try them out.

    16 . May . 2011
  16. Torrie @ a place to share...

    These look mouth-wateringly DELICIOUS.

    (that is all) =)

    16 . May . 2011
  17. Nicole-Lynn

    You never cease to amaze me! These sound so good! 🙂

    Back to the real world — our wedding and honeymoon were absolutely amazing! Missed my blog friends! 🙂

    16 . May . 2011
  18. Alwaysinthekitchen

    So why aren’t you like 300 pounds? I don’t get it. I know you eat what you cook but there is no way you look like that! I am jealous- just a bit but so intrigued by this recipe that I am going to the store tomorrow to get all the ingredients. Wish me luck

    16 . May . 2011
  19. val

    I will be right over!!!! I need these in my life.

    16 . May . 2011
    • Kitchen Belleicious

      Come on over girl! Would love to have you! We all need these in our lives! LOL!

      16 . May . 2011
  20. greencookinlife

    Chipotle? really, how did you ever think of that. It sounds amazing and I can’t wait to try it out. Might not add it in both the marinade and seasonings because of the PICKY kids but I am so doing it

    16 . May . 2011
  21. Vivan

    So I made fried chicken one time and it the breading was like falling off? I didn’t understand what I did wrong. By the looks of your chicken this did not happen to you- so what is the secret?

    16 . May . 2011
  22. Shea

    Whoa, I just had to wipe up the drool… YUM! I love fried chicken tenders, and the addition of the (double!) chipotle sounds amazing. Yup, I’ve got to try these babies!

    16 . May . 2011
  23. Ruth

    They look and sound amazing

    16 . May . 2011
  24. Maris (In Good Taste)

    These couldn’t look more perfect!

    16 . May . 2011
  25. Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking

    Oh these look so crispy and good. You always have the best recipes. Love coming to your blog!!

    16 . May . 2011
  26. Cooking Creation

    WOW! These look amazing!

    17 . May . 2011
  27. erica@fashionmeetsfood

    Oh my goodness! These look absolutely amazing! I wish I could eat fried food i’d make these right now at 8:30 in the morning lol!


    17 . May . 2011
  28. Jen BA

    These look delish! I’ve never seen homemade chicken fingers look so crispy!!

    17 . May . 2011
  29. Strawberry CAKE

    We are a fried chicken family. My momma always made it and I make it on occasion. These look amazing. We also like spicy in this house, so I will have to give these a try.

    17 . May . 2011
  30. Maria @ Scandifoodie

    This is something my partner would really love. I never deep fry but maybe these could be baked instead? Buttermilk makes everything so tender, this is a great recipe!

    17 . May . 2011
  31. Jaime HUffman

    These sounds amazing. I think my hubby would love them. I am totally trying out this recipe!

    17 . May . 2011
  32. Annabel Manners

    I am printing this recipe post haste. Those chicken tenders look divine. Can absolutely picture them on a salad or paired with some homemade mac and cheese!

    17 . May . 2011
  33. Candace

    I’m going to make a confession. I’m from Louisiana and have never fried chicken. I’ve never had to! There was always fried chicken to be had at my mom’s or my mamaw’s or Southern Classic. Oh how I miss that place! Now that I’m in New Hampshire and have seen this post, I’m going to have to break down and do it. I definitely can’t find any up here…particularly as wonderful as the chicken you have shared here. I’m craving it now! yum!

    18 . May . 2011
  34. Betty @ scrambled hen fruit

    That looks finger-lickin’ good! I showed these to my chicken-loving son and he’s vowed to try them soon. 🙂

    18 . May . 2011
  35. Rachel

    Oh Yum, Yum, Yum!!! Those look amazing!

    19 . May . 2011
  36. thatssoron

    step aside KFC!

    19 . May . 2011
  37. Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen

    Ah-mazing! This looks so so good!

    20 . May . 2011
  38. Shea

    I made these for dinner last night, and they were OUTSTANDING! I loved the double chipotle–the spice really penetrated the chicken and it had great flavor! I’ll definitely make these again!

    23 . May . 2011
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  40. Jason

    Awesome recipe only thing I changes was salt with pentskys 4s salt

    08 . Aug . 2013

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