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Hearing bird dogs for the first time would make a person wonder about an exotic meal: a wild dog and a bird it hunted down. However, this famous sandwich of South Carolina is filled with juicy chicken tenders covered with a variety of topping like cheese, mustard, hot sauce, and the likes leaving your mouth wanting more. This meal is great for parties or casual hangouts, especially when a big game is about to start. So fire your pan up, and let's get cooking!


  • 1 lb. chicken tenders

  • 1 cup buttermilk

  • 4 cups canola oil

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 tsp ground mace

  • 1/2 tsp ground mustard

  • 1 tsp ground cloves

  • 1 tsp ground coriander

  • 1 tbsp paprika

  • 1 tsp whole fennel seed

  • 1 tsp freshly ground pepper

  • 1 tbsp kosher salt

  • hotdog buns

  • optional toppings: hot sauce, bacon, cheese, pickles, etc.


1. In a large bowl, submerge the chicken in buttermilk and refrigerate for 5-6 hours.

2. Remove chicken from buttermilk and season with salt and pepper. In a large bowl, mix the flour and all the spices. Dredge all chicken tenders through the flour, shaking off the excess flour.

3. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat until the temperature reaches 375 F.

4. Cooking in batches, fry chicken for 2-3 minutes per side or until golden brown and reaches an internal temperature of 165 F.

5. Place one chicken strip on a hot dog bun and top with preferred toppings.

6. Serve and Enjoy!

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