Rice Krispie Fried Chicken Tenders With Hot Honey

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These homemade chicken tenders are coated in rice krispies, deep fried until crispy then glazed with spicy hot honey. They’re seriously tasty!

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rice krispie fried chicken tenders glazed with honey

The crispiest rice krispie chicken tenders glazed with hot honey!

If you’ve never had rice krispie chicken tenders before, you’re missing out! We’re making these tenders like breaded chicken strips but instead of coating them with breadcrumbs we’re using blitzed up rice krispies, flavoured with herbs & spices instead.

To take this chicken to the next level, we’re going to be deep frying them until they’re incredibly crispy then coating them in a sticky, homemade hot honey glaze. They’re sweet, a little bit spicy & crazy delicious!

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Ingredient Notes

Here’s what you’ll need to make a batch of crispy chicken tenders!

  • Chicken Fillets – Chicken fillets (or tenderloins) are the small pieces of meat that are loosely attached to chicken breasts. You can get these from most supermarkets/butchers or you can slice chicken breasts into 3-4 cm wide strips.
  • Rice Krispie Coating – To make these chicken tenders, we’re going to be bread crumbing them but using rice krispies instead of breadcrumbs. We’ll be flavouring the rice krispies with smoked paprika, dried oregano & garlic powder (like fried chicken!). To coat the chicken, you’ll also need some plain flour, eggs & milk.
  • Hot Honey Glaze – We’re making our own hot honey glaze with honey, sriracha, lime juice & butter. Feel free to use a ready made hot honey or use regular honey if you’d prefer.
rice krispie fried chicken tenders
hot honey glazed fried chicken tenders

How To Make Rice Krispie Fried Chicken Tenders

The full, printable recipe card for these chicken tenders can be found at the bottom of this post! Here’s a quick rundown of the recipe…

  1. Blitz Up Rice Krispies
    First, we use a food processor to blitz up the rice krispies, to break them up slightly. This is key to getting proper coverage on the chicken fillets! Once blitzed, we add in smoked paprika, garlic powder, dried oregano, salt & pepper then mix to combine.
  2. Pané
    To pané our chicken fillets, we toss them in seasoned flour, dunk in eggs & milk then roll in the rice krispies, making sure that the chicken is completely coated. At this point the chicken can be refrigerated for up to a day before being cooked.
  3. Deep Frying
    To cook the chicken tenders, we fry them in a deep fat fryer set to 180°c/356°f, for 4-5 minutes, until golden & crispy and the internal temperature reaches 75°c/167°f. Then once fried, we let the chicken drain briefly on a plate lined with kitchen paper then season with sea salt.

Hot Honey Glaze

We’re coating our crispy chicken tenders with a homemade hot honey glaze!

This stuff’s super easy to make & can be made as spicy as you like (add more sriracha if you like it extra hot!). To make this, we simply add honey, butter, lime juice & sriracha hot sauce into a saucepan then cook on the stove until melted & sticky. Then once our chicken is cooked, we pour the hot honey over, to glaze.

hot honey glaze

Rice Krispie Fried Chicken Tips & Tricks

  • Use a food processor to break up the rice krispies, for better chicken coverage.
  • For the best flavour, season the flour, eggs & rice krispies with salt & pepper before using to coat the chicken.
  • Use a digital food probe to check the chicken’s internal temperature, to avoid under or over cooking the meat.
  • Drain the chicken on a piece of kitchen paper, after frying to stop it going soggy.
  • Serve the glaze warm, as it will coat the chicken better.

Serving Suggestions

These rice krispie fried chicken tenders are great served on their own but would work great with some triple cooked chips, Asian slaw or many of our other side dish recipes!

Frequently Asked Questions

What type of chicken is best for tenders?

To make chicken tenders, you’ll need chicken fillets (or tenderloins). These are the small pieces of meat that are loosely attached to chicken breasts. You can get these from most supermarkets/butchers or you can slice chicken breasts into 3-4 cm wide strips.

Do I need a deep fat fryer?

For the best fried chicken, you will need a deep fat fryer. You could also use a pan of oil, heated up to 180°c/356°f on the stove. Make sure to do this really carefully though!

How will I know when my rice krispie fried chicken tenders are cooked?

Once cooked, these fried chicken tenders will be golden & crispy on the outside. I’d also recommend taking the internal temperature with a digital food probe. It should be at least 75°c/167°f.

Can fried chicken tenders be made in advance?

Fried chicken tenders are best served straight away but the chicken can be coated in the rice krispies a day in advance & stored in the fridge.

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Rice Krispie Fried Chicken Tenders With Hot Honey

These homemade chicken tenders are coated in rice krispies, deep fried until crispy then glazed with spicy hot honey. They're seriously tasty!
Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time40 minutes
Course: Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: American, British
Servings: 3 Portions
Author: Ben Racey

Equipment

  • Food Processor
  • Deep Fat Fryer
  • Digital Food Probe
  • Mixing Bowls
  • Saucepan

Ingredients

Rice Krispie Chicken Tenders

  • 400 g Chicken Fillets (See Notes)
  • 75 g Rice Krispies
  • ½ tsp Smoked Paprika
  • ½ tsp Garlic Powder
  • ½ tsp Dried Oregano
  • 60 g Plain Flour
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 2 tbsp Milk

Hot Honey Glaze

  • 100 g Honey
  • 25 g Butter
  • 20 g Sriracha
  • ½ Lime (Juiced)

Instructions

Rice Krispie Chicken Tenders

  • Place the rice krispies into a food processor then blitz briefly (using the pulse setting) to break the cereal up slightly.
    The rice krispies should be the same texture as panko breadcrumbs, so they'll only need a quick blitz. See the post above for a visual guide!
  • Place the rice krispies into a mixing bowl & add in the paprika, garlic powder & oregano. Season well with salt & pepper then mix, to combine.
  • Add the flour to a separate bowl, add the eggs & milk to another then season both bowls with salt & pepper. Give the flour a mix with a spoon and whisk the eggs & milk together with a fork.
  • Next, take a chicken fillet, toss it in the flour then dunk in the egg. Take the chicken out of the egg, let the excess drain off then roll in the rice krispies, making sure that it is completely coated.
  • Transfer the chicken to a plate then repeat with the remaining fillets. Chill the chicken in the fridge until you're ready to cook it.

Hot Honey Glaze

  • Add the honey, butter, sriracha & lime juice into a small saucepan then set over a medium heat. Cook until melted, whisking to combine then bring to a simmer & cook for another minute. Set aside until needed.
    I'd recommend making the glaze just before frying the chicken, so that it is still warm. Alternatively, warm the glaze back up on the stove once your chicken is cooked.

Frying

  • Preheat a deep fat fryer to 180°c/356°f.
  • Once the oil is hot, add in your chicken tenders then cook until golden, crispy & the internal temperature is at least 75°c/167°f.
    You may need to cook your chicken in two batches, depending on the size of your fryer. If needed, the chicken can be kept warm in the oven.
  • Once cooked, drain the chicken on a plate lined with kitchen paper then season with sea salt.

Glazing

  • Place the cooked chicken tenders into a mixing bowl then pour over the warm glaze.
  • Gently toss the bowl, to coat the chicken in glaze then transfer to plates & serve immediately.

Notes

1. Chicken Fillets – You’ll need 400 grams of chicken fillets for this recipe. This equates to roughly 9 fillets. If you can’t get chicken fillets, cut chicken breasts into 2-3 cm wide strips.
2. Deep Fat Fryer – For the best results, a deep fat fryer should be used for cooking the chicken. If you haven’t got one, a pan of oil heated up on the stove will work, just make sure to do this carefully!
3. Storage – The deep fried chicken fillets should be served as soon after cooking as possible. The chicken can be coated in rice krispies & stored in the fridge for up to a day in advance.
The glaze can be made up to 3 days in advance & kept in the fridge. Make sure to warm it back up before serving!
4. Rice Krispies – Kellogg’s rice krispies work best for this recipe. Make sure to use fresh cereal, for the crispiest coating.

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