Chicken, Dips, Entree, Recipes, Snack

Crispy Chicken Tenders with “Everything” Seasoning Mix

Chicken tenders are a favorite of mine when it comes to frying. Though they are basically a part of the chicken breast, they don’t require cutting into portions, they are juicier and have firmer texture than that of the breast itself.

Marinating them in buttermilk and spices, enhances their juiciness and adds flavor the the otherwise fairly bland meat.

To add even more flavors, I also used mustard and spices in the egg mixture. To make the coating crispier, I used Panko breadcrumbs, along with “Everything” seasoning mix. This highly flavorful and crunchy seasoning mix, which originally is used to flavor bagels, consists of dried garlic and onion flakes, black and white sesame seeds, poppy seeds and salt – all of which added a wonderful flavor and texture to the coating.

I served the fried tenders with a tangy and spicy dip, made of yogurt, mayonnaise, preserved lemon and Zhoug, a cilantro based spicy condiment – which paired well with the crispy tenders and added another level of flavors.

The tenders are perfect for a light lunch, or as a tasty snack anytime. Try them and enjoy.




* Buttermilk powder is mostly used for marinating chicken, but also for baking.  It is available in most stores, or online.

* “Everything” seasoning mix can be made at home, by mixing equal amounts of dried garlic and onion flakes, black and white sesame seeds, poppy seeds and salt. It is also available in most stores, or online.

* Zhoug is a cilantro based spicy condiment. Click HERE for the recipe. It is also available online.


Makes: 4

Prep time: 15 minutes

Marinating time: 2 hours

Frying time: 20 minutes



2 Tbs buttermilk powder (see notes)

1 tsp fresh or dried thyme

1 tsp paprika

½ tsp salt

¼ tsp freshly ground four peppers mix

¼ tsp garlic powder

¾ cup water

1 lbs (455 grams) chicken tenders

½ cup flour

2 L eggs

1 tsp paprika

¼ tsp garlic powder

¼ tsp freshly ground four peppers mix

1 tsp Dijon mustard

2 cup Panko breadcrumbs

2 Tbs “everything” seasoning mix (see notes)

Oil for frying

For the dipping sauce:

2 Tbs mayonnaise

1 Tbs chopped preserved lemon

2 tsp Zhoug (see notes)

½ cup plain yogurt

A few drops hot sauce to taste

For serving:

Lemon wedges



  1. Pat-dry the tenders with paper towels. In a flat container, mix the buttermilk powder, spices, salt, thyme and water. Place the tenders in the mixture, in one layer, cover and marinate for 2 hours in the fridge. Bring to room temperature before frying. Drain and discard the marinade.
  2. Prepare three flat containers and place the flour in one. Mix the eggs with the spices, salt and mustard, in the second. Mix the Panko bread crumbs and “Everything” mix in the third.
  3. Coat the tenders in the flour. Shake to get rid of excess flour, and dip in the egg mix, and then in the breadcrumbs mix.
  4. Heat oil for shallow frying in a large frying pan, over medium-high heat.
  5. Add the coated tenders, in one layer. Lower the heat to medium, and fry until golden brown on both sides. Place on paper towel, to absorb excess oil.
  6. While the chicken is frying, mix all the ingredients for the dipping sauce.
  7. Serve warm, with the dipping sauce, lemon wedges and endive on the side.

31 thoughts on “Crispy Chicken Tenders with “Everything” Seasoning Mix”

  1. This is a favorite meal by everyone in my family, well except for the vegetarians. Love the seasonings, never made Zoug before and need to keep buttermilk powder on hand – I usually use fresh. Trader Joe’s makes a 22 spice mix that I like to use 🙂

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    1. lol “except for the vegetarians” 😀

      This meal is indeed loved by many, and the addition of the everything mix made it even better.
      Zhoug is a cilantro based condiment, so I guess it’s not for you. But any other spicy blend can work just as well.
      I need to check the 22 spice mix next time I’m heading to Trader Joe’s. Thanks for the recommendation. 🙂


  2. Would like to have it – right now!
    Most of us might have such an «Everything»-Mix! My one is a «Chicken Rub», easy to mix and very tasty – not for chicken only – and always on stock!

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  3. Buttermilk powder is a great idea. I will look for it at the bulk barn. I did try to get the “everything spice” for a biscuit recipe. Thank you for the “homemade” everything seasoning mix. I have seen it a few other times. I am looking forward to making the chicken tenders. I think Col. Sanders’ recipe has serious competition! 💖 👌

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  4. This looks delicious! Definitely going to make these. I love the idea of buttermilk powder. Every time I buy buttermilk for a recipe I seem to have trouble using what is left.

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  5. I love chicken tenders — exactly the same reasons you mentioned. They are really moist and tender, and takes a little work! I’ve had to make my own “everything“ seasoning for years, because of my garlic allergy. Naturally, dried garlic is much worse than fresh! I’m very curious about zhoug — I definitely must look into that! Thanks for another really fun recipe.

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    1. Thank you David, I’m glad you liked the recipe.
      Zhoug is a great to have at hand, as it can be used in so many ways. I hope you’ll be able to find a garlic substitute for it. Garlic allergy must be hard, as so many recipes call for it. I would have thought that fresh garlic is more potent than the dried. Live and learn! 🙂


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