Blooming Onion Chicken Tenders

I have created a chicken tender recipe that pays tribute to one of my favorite appetizers but much healthier. These chicken tenders are baked, not fried and they pair well with my Aussie Dipping Sauce or any other dipping sauce you like. These chicken tenders make a great appetizer or meal.

1 package of chicken tenders, I had 8 in my package
1 cup of flour
1/2 teaspoon or more of chili powder (more will give it more heat)
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon of garlic salt
1/2 teaspoon of oregano
2 eggs, beaten
1 large container of french fried onions

Place chicken tenders in a ziplock bag and cover with buttermilk. Place in refrigerator for at least 8 hours or overnight.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Prepare 3 separate bowls, one with the eggs, one with flour and seasonings (whisk together) and one with fried onion rings, crushed.

Take tenders out of the buttermilk and shake off excess. Dip into eggs, dredge in flour, dip back into egg and roll in the french fried onions. Place into baking pan, do not over crowd your pan. Bake for 25 -30 minutes until chicken has come to temperature. (160 degrees for white meat) Serve with Aussie Dipping Sauce or your favorite sauce. Pictured here with Aussie Dipping Sauce. Enjoy!



Aussie Dipping Sauce

This is a copy cat recipe from the Australian steakhouse chain restaurant. This multipurpose sauce can be used with so many different things. I have used it on The Big O Burger and it’s perfect with onion rings, fries, veggies or anything you want. I have linked The Big O Burger and Crumbs In My Mustachio’s Beer Battered Onion Rings with this sauce. My burger and sauce are pictured with Crumbs In My Mustachio’s recipe for her onion rings.

1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 Tablespoons of ketchup
1 1/2 Tablespoons of creamy horseradish, I used Inglehoffers
One pinch of salt
One pinch of black pepper
1/8 teaspoon of chili powder, or more for more heat
1/8 teaspoon of dried oregano

Combine all ingredients and mix well. Best if made a day ahead. Store in refrigerator.

I paired this sauce with Crumbs In My Mustachios Beer Batter Onion Rings and The Big O Burger.