Gluten-Free Fried Chicken Tenders

Fried chicken tenders

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Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 25 mins
Servings: 3 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
891 Calories
29g Fat
102g Carbs
44g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 3
Amount per serving
Calories 891
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 29g 38%
Saturated Fat 3g 16%
Cholesterol 102mg 34%
Sodium 1237mg 54%
Total Carbohydrate 102g 37%
Dietary Fiber 2g 9%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 44g
Vitamin C 7mg 33%
Calcium 226mg 17%
Iron 13mg 71%
Potassium 471mg 10%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This simple and delicious gluten-free fried chicken tenders recipe is made with homemade, gluten-free, panko-style crumbs. 

Panko crumbs, or Japanese breadcrumbs are flake-like, coarsely ground bread crumbs used to make crisp, lightly fried foods and crumb toppings for casseroles.

This easy and incredibly tasty, light-and-crunchy, gluten-free, panko-style breadcrumb recipe is perfect for chicken, fish, vegetables or anything else you might want to bread.

When accompanied by a gluten-free fry batter recipe (substitute club soda for the gluten-free beer if you wish), you'll have a match made in heaven.


For the Breading:

  • 3 cups gluten-free Rice Chex cereal

  • 1 dash salt, or to taste

  • 1 dash freshly ground black pepper, or to taste

  • 1 dash herb blend, or to taste

For the Batter:

  • 1 cup gluten-free all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup cornstarch

  • 1 teaspoon gluten-free baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon sugar

  • 1 teaspoon cayenne powder

  • 1 teaspoon gluten-free garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon gluten-free onion powder

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 dash freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 (12-ounce) bottle gluten-free beer

For the Chicken Tenders:

  • 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, sliced into 1-inch strips

  • Canola oil, for frying

Steps to Make It

Make the Gluten-Free Panko-Style Crumbs

  1. Place the Rice Chex cereal in a plastic bag.

  2. Use a rolling pin to crush the cereal to coarse flakes.

  3. Season with salt and pepper and any herb blend that you like.

  4. Set breading aside.

Make the Gluten-Free Fry Batter

  1. Combine GF all-purpose flour, cornstarch, baking powder, sugar, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper in a large, plastic zip-top bag.

  2. Shake the bag to thoroughly mix the dry ingredients. Pour this mixture into a medium-sized bowl.

  3. Add gluten-free beer and mix until the batter is smooth and not too thick or too thin. Add more liquid if the batter is too thick.

Make the Gluten-Free Fried Chicken Tenders

  1. Slice the boneless, skinless chicken breasts into 1-inch strips. Dip the strips in the fry batter. Thin the batter, if necessary, with water or club soda until it lightly coats the chicken strips.

  2. Roll the battered chicken strips in the crumbs to thoroughly coat.

  3. Refrigerate battered and crumb-coated chicken tenders for at least 1 hour prior to frying.

  4. Fry in 375 to 400 F cooking oil, until golden brown, about 8 minutes or until done.


  • This recipe works best with a gluten-free flour that doesn't contain xanthan gum or guar gum (Bob's Red Mill All-Purpose Gluten-Free Baking Mix is a good choice).

Recipe Variation

  • Use 12 ounces of club soda instead of gluten-free beer.


Coat, tightly wrap, and refrigerate chicken strips for up to 24 hours before frying for real convenience. Also, always make sure your work surfaces, utensils, pans and tools are free of gluten. Always read product labels. Manufacturers can change product formulations without notice. When in doubt, do not buy or use a product before contacting the manufacturer for verification that the product is gluten-free.