Protein Puff Crunch Chicken Tenders with Hot Honey Yogurt Dip

Looking for something packed with protein and delicious? Protein Puff Crunch Chicken Tenders with a Hot Honey Yogurt Dip combines the perfect amount of crunch, that craveable cheese flavor, and just a bit of heat to satisfy your tastebuds.

In Good Hands Protein Puffs are a quick and easy way to add 12 grams of milk protein to your everyday meal solutions. Not only are they made with Real California Milk, but they are also gluten-free with only 1 gram of sugar.



  • 1 cup Greek-style yogurt, plain or honey
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce, such as Tabasco, or more to taste
  • 2 tablespoons honey, or more to taste (if not using honey yogurt)
  • 1 (2.1- to 2.2-ounce) package In Good Hands Protein Puffs
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 2/3 cup Buttermilk
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • About 3/4 cup neutral-flavored cooking oil
  • 1 pound chicken tenders or boneless skinless breasts cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • Carrot and celery sticks, for serving


Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 15 minutes

Serves 3 to 4

  1. In a medium bowl, combine yogurt, hot sauce, and honey, if using. Add more honey and/or hot sauce to taste and set aside.
  2. In a food processor, combine protein puffs, cornstarch, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, salt, and pepper and process until protein puffs are the texture of panko or coarse breadcrumbs. Transfer to a shallow bowl. Place buttermilk in a second shallow bowl and flour in a third.
  3. Dredge one chicken tender in flour, coating it on both sides. Dip in buttermilk, coating on both sides. Dredge in protein puffs mixture, coating on both sides, and set aside. Repeat with remaining tenders.
  4. In a large skillet over medium heat, add oil to 1/4-inch deep. Heat to 325 to 350°F. (Test the heat with the end of a wooden spoon or chopstick—if the oil bubbles around the wood, it’s ready.)
  5. Add 4 or 5 tenders and cook until golden brown, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Transfer to plates or a platter and loosely cover to keep warm. Repeat with remaining tenders, adding more oil as needed.
  6. Serve with yogurt mixture and carrot and celery sticks.

Why Choose California Dairy?

Glad you asked. Every product stamped with the Real California Milk® Seal is made with wholesome dairy from the Golden State – where we believe in real food made by real families who are focused on a cleaner, more sustainable future.

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