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Playing Rachael’s Buffalo Fried Chicken Tacos

The spicy-hot flavors of Buffalo wings + chicken fingers + tacos = a tex-mex twist that’s impossible to resist.


For the seasoned salt:
  • 3 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon each sugar, paprika, onion powder and garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons each ground white pepper, ground black pepper, turmeric and cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon ground red chili or cayenne pepper
For the guacamole:
  • 1/2 medium red onion, finely chopped or grated
  • 1 garlic clove, grated or pasted
  • 1 large jalapeño pepper, seeded and finely chopped
  • Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 limes
  • 2 Haas avocados
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro or parsley
For the chicken:
  • 2 pounds chicken tenders
  • 2 cups self-rising flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup cayenne pepper sauce
  • 2 1/2 to 3 quarts frying oil, such as safflower or canola
To serve:
  • Charred flour and corn tortillas, blister in stainless or cast iron pan over high heat or oven open flame on gas burners
Optional toppings:
  • Chopped iceberg lettuce
  • Chopped bread and butter pickles
  • Crispy bacon bits
  • Pickled jalapeño slices
  • Grated or crumbled Cotija cheese or sharp white cheddar cheese
  • Lime wedges
  • Hot honey
  • Hot sauces


Serves: 4 to 6


For seasoned salt, combine all ingredients in a small bowl.

For guacamole, in a bowl, combine onion, garlic, jalapeño, salt, cumin and juice of 2 limes, and let stand 10 minutes. Halve, pit and add avocados to the bowl, add cilantro or parsley, and mash, adjust salt.

For chicken, season the tenders with about 1/3 of the seasoned salt and add the remaining mix to flour in large bowl. In a second bowl, whisk up eggs and cayenne pepper sauce.

Heat frying oil to 350˚F or preheat over medium-high heat in a fry pot or Dutch oven, leaving at least 2½ inches between oil line and top of pot.

Coat the chicken in egg batter, then in flour, shaking off excess. Fry chicken tenders in batches to deep golden. Transfer to wire rack in a lined baking sheet. When cool enough to handle, slice the tenders on the bias to serve.

Char tortillas. Serve with toppings of choice.