gluten free fried chicken tenders

Fried Chicken Tenders | Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free

The family favorite healthified comfort food is brined in seasoned salt then dredged in gluten-free flour and fried in a mixture of coconut and olive oil for the perfect chicken tenders.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 3 hours
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 20 minutes
Servings 8
Author Deana Larkin Evans


  • 2-3 boneless chicken breasts (or 1 package of tenders)
  • 1-2 tbsp seasoned salt
  • cold filtered water
  • 1/2 cup certified GF oat flour (plus more if needed)
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil (plus more if needed)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil (plus more if needed)
  • salt & pepper


  1. Cut the chicken breasts lengthwise into tenders. Place in a bowl with the seasoning salt and enough water to cover the chicken.  Place in the fridge to brine for 2-6 hours.

  2. When ready to fry, add the coconut oil and olive oil to a medium frying pan and let heat up at medium temperature for about 3-5 minutes. The oil should be around 350 degrees F.

  3. Meanwhile, add the flour and a little salt and pepper to a bowl. Place a few tenders at a time into the flour to coat. Then add to the hot oil and cook on both sides for about 6-8 minutes. Internal temperature should be 165° F (75° C).

  4. Place the cooked chicken onto a plate covered with paper towels to absorb excess oil.

  5. Keep cooking the tenders in batches until done, adding more flour or oil if necessary.