Southern bird dog sandwich

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Makes 4 bird dog sandwiches
schedule 10 minutes
schedule 15 minutes
schedule 1 hour and 25 minutes
Cheddar cheese, honey mustard, and bacon topped crispy chicken tender inside of a bun? Yes, please!


Chicken and buttermilk marinade
  • 4 to 8 strips of chicken breast meat or tenders (1 to 2 large chicken breasts)
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 12 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons hot sauce (optional for extra spice)
seasoned flour
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 12 teaspoon paprika
  • peanut oil for frying
sandwich assembly
  • 4 hot dog buns
  • 4 to 8 fried chicken tenders (1 or 2 per hot dog bun)
  • cooked bacon strips, crumbled
  • cheddar cheese, shredded
  • honey mustard


Marinade chicken tenders: if you are using chicken breasts, slice the meat into thin strips.

Add salt, pepper cayenne pepper, and paprika to buttermilk (add hot sauce if you want extra spice). and whisk to combine. Put chicken strips in a zip-top bag or bowl with a lid. Pour buttermilk marinade over the chicken and store in the fridge for at least an hour or overnight. 

Fry chicken tenders: Make seasoned flour by combining flour with all the spices, salt, and pepper in a bowl or pan. 

Remove one strip of chicken at a time from the marinade and dredge in the seasoned flour mixture until thoroughly coated on all sides. Place the fully coated chicken strip onto a piece of parchment or a sheet pan rack to rest. 

Heat 2 inches of peanut oil in a skillet to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). 

Fry each strip of chicken for 6 to 7 minutes or until it reaches 165 degrees internal temperature. You'll probably want to fry for 3 minutes on the first side and then flip it to make sure you're getting the level of browning that you want. Continue cooking on the other side. 

After frying, place the finished chicken tenders on a cooling rack over paper towels to drain some of the oil away. 

Sandwich assembly: place one chicken tender (or two if they are small) inside each hot dog bun. 

Top with some crumbled bacon, shredded cheddar cheese and honey mustard.

Serve and enjoy! 

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