Cast Iron Skillet Pan Fried Chicken Tenders

Simple, easy recipe to make the best pan fried cast iron skillet chicken tenders on the stove. These crispy chicken tenders have no breading, no buttermilk and no egg. Use this simple, easy recipe to learn how to fry chicken tenders in cast iron skillet.

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Cast Iron Chicken Tenders

Fried Chicken Tenders in Cast Iron Skillet

Cast iron pan fried chicken tenders are delicious cooked in a cast iron skillet. Perfectly pan seared and healthy, this is a main dish that I often serve in my home.

I love old fashioned fried chicken with a large helping of homemade mashed potatoes, and farm fresh corn. And, of course topping it all off with a large scoop of white gravy made from the chicken drippings. However, that is not the healthiest meal to eat on a regular basis. So, I often cook up a large batch of these pan fried chicken tenders as a healthier option.

If you are looking for a low-carb, gluten free, or a grain free recipe, these chicken tenders will be an easy, and delicious addition to your meals.

There are many possibilities for using healthy pan fried chicken tenders in meals all week long. Cook up a large batch, and serve them with vegetables, tossed in a salad or along side a healthy side dish like loaded cauliflower casserole or cast iron skillet sweet potatoes.

Pan Seared Chicken Seasoning

Ingredients for Healthy Pan Fried Chicken Tenderloins

  • 12 – 15 Chicken Tenders
  • 4 tbsp Garlic Powder – we use minced
  • 4 tbsp Onion Powder – we use minced
  • 2 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 3 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 1/4 cup Melted Butter
  • 6 tbsp Refined Coconut Oil or Bacon Grease

How to Pan Fry Chicken Tenders in a Cast Iron Skillet

  1. Rinse chicken tenders and pat dry, cut off any extra fat.
  2. Melt butter, and put in a small mixing bowl.
  3. Mix spices and herbs in a mixing bowl. Stir to combine.
  4. Roll each chicken tender individually in the butter and then in the herb/spice mix.
  5. Heat a large cast iron skillet to medium high and add your choice of fat to fry the chicken tenders in. We personally use refined coconut oil or bacon grease.
  6. Once cast iron skillet is hot, add the chicken. Once you put the chicken in the skillet, do not move them. Cook the chicken tenders in the skillet for 3 minutes or until the edges begin to turn white. Once edges are white, flip the chicken tenders over, cook for another 3-4 minutes.
  7. If you are cooking large amounts of chicken tenders, place them on a baking sheet in an oven at 200 degrees to keep warm. This will ensure that the chicken tenders stay warm and crispy while the others are frying in the cast iron skillet.
  8. After the chicken is cool enough to handle, serve warm.
Pan Fried Chicken Tenders

Tips for Cooking the Best Pan Fried Cast Iron Skillet Chicken Tenderloins

  • How long to fry chicken tenders on the stove will depend on the thickness of the chicken. Thinner chicken tenders will take closer to 3-4 minutes to cook, while thicker chicken tenders ones will take 5-6 minutes.
  • Use a hot cast iron skillet. Placing the chicken in a cold skillet, can cause the chicken tenders to not brown properly and may result in overcooking.
  • Do not flip chicken tenders until they have cooked for at least 3 minutes. After 3 minutes, the pan seared chicken tenders should be golden brown before flipping.
  • I love using minced onion and minced garlic in this recipe to give it a bit of an extra crunch. However, if the chicken is not watched closely, the garlic and onion can burn. So, I recommend using onion and garlic powder if this is a concern for your family.

How to Keep Chicken Tenders Warm

Once the crispy pan fried chicken tenders have been cooked in the cast iron skillet, place them on a baking sheet in an oven at 200 degrees to keep warm. This will ensure that the chicken tenders stay warm and crispy while the others are frying in the cast iron skillet.

Cast Iron Chicken Tenders

How to Reheat Pan Fried Chicken Tenders

To keep leftover fried chicken tenders crispy, reheat them in a preheated oven for 15-20 minutes on a wire rack at 400 degrees.

What to Serve with Fried Chicken Tenders

I like to keep it simple in our home with easy side dishes like loaded roasted cauliflower, sweet potatoes cooked in a cast iron skillet or green beans. If you love a homemade dipping sauce, then try my blackened chicken sauce! It is so delicious.

Healthy Cast Iron Skillet Chicken Recipes

Healthy pan fried chicken with no breading in a cast iron skillet is a wonderful way to enjoy flourless fried chicken. I hope that you enjoy this main dish as much as our family does.

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Cast Iron Chicken Tenders

Cast Iron Skillet Pan Fried Chicken Tenders

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 7 minutes
Total Time: 12 minutes

Simple, easy recipe to make the best pan fried cast iron skillet chicken tenders on the stove. These crispy chicken tenders have no breading, no buttermilk and no egg. Use this simple, easy recipe to learn how to fry chicken tenders in cast iron skillet.

Ingredients

  • 12 – 15 Chicken Tenders
  • 4 tbsp Garlic Powder
  • 4 tbsp Onion Powder
  • 2 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 3 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 1/4 cup Melted Butter
  • 6 tbsp Refined Coconut Oil or Bacon Grease

Instructions

Rinse chicken tenders and pat dry, cut off any extra fat.
Melt butter, and put in a small mixing bowl.
Mix spices and herbs in a mixing bowl. Stir to combine.
Roll each chicken tender individually in the butter and then in the herb/spice mix.
Heat a large cast iron skillet to medium high and add your choice of fat to fry the chicken tenders in. We personally use refined coconut oil or bacon grease.
Once cast iron skillet is hot, add the chicken. Once you put the chicken in the skillet, do not move them. Cook the chicken tenders in the skillet for 3 minutes or until the edges begin to turn white. Once edges are white, flip the chicken tenders over, cook for another 3-4 minutes.
If you are cooking large amounts of chicken tenders, place them on a baking sheet in an oven at 200 degrees to keep warm. This will ensure that the chicken tenders stay warm and crispy while the others are frying in the cast iron skillet.
After the chicken is cool enough to handle, serve warm.

Notes

How long to fry chicken tenders on the stove will depend on the thickness of the chicken. Thinner chicken tenders will take closer to 3-4 minutes to cook, while thicker chicken tenders ones will take 5-6 minutes.


Use a hot cast iron skillet. Placing the chicken in a cold skillet, can cause the chicken tenders to not brown properly and may result in overcooking.


Do not flip chicken tenders until they have cooked for at least 3 minutes. After 3 minutes, the pan seared chicken tenders should be golden brown before flipping.

I love using minced onion and minced garlic in this recipe to give it a bit of an extra crunch. However, if the chicken is not watched closely, the garlic and onion can burn. So, I recommend using onion and garlic powder if this is a concern for your family.

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