We did a taste test and loved the just-fried tenders from the Publix grocery store deli.

Recipe by Southern Living

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Hector Sanchez Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham

Recipe Summary

active:
40 mins
total:
40 mins
Yield:
Serves 6 (serving size: 1 sandwich)
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Prepare Hot Chicken: Preheat oven to 200°F. Place chicken tenders in a single layer on a baking sheet, and keep warm in oven until ready to use.

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  • Stir together cayenne pepper, paprika, garlic powder, and 1 tablespoon of the sugar in a small saucepan. Whisk in peanut oil, and cook over low, whisking constantly, until well combined, about 5 minutes. Set aside.

  • Prepare Waffles: Whisk together flour, next 3 ingredients, and remaining 1 tablespoon sugar in a medium bowl. Whisk buttermilk, butter, and eggs in a small bowl. Stir buttermilk mixture into flour mixture until combined. Cook batter, in batches, in a preheated, lightly greased waffle iron until golden brown, 4 to 5 minutes.

  • Prepare Chive Cream: Stir together sour cream, chives, and 1 teaspoon water in a small bowl.

  • Assemble Sandwiches: Toss tenders and cayenne mixture in a large bowl. Place 1 1/2 tenders on each of 6 waffles; top each with 2 tablespoons chive cream and 1 waffle. Serve immediately.