Corn Bread Donuts with Fried Chicken

Not all donuts are sweet! Savory corn bread donuts taste incredible paired with hot fried chicken.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
12 chicken tenders plus 12 donuts


  • 1 8.5 ounce package cornbread muffin mix

  • Vegetable oil

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 tablespoon purchased barbecue dry rub

  • 1 ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper (optional)

  • 3 eggs

  • ¼ cup milk

  • 1 pound chicken breast tenderloins

  • Purchased hot honey


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare cornbread muffin mix according to package directions. Spoon batter into well-greased cavities of a donut pan, filling each cavity about 2/3 full. Bake 10 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. (Cover and refrigerate any remaining batter and repeat in batches, if necessary.) Cool 5 minutes in pan; remove.

  2. Meanwhile, heat 1-inch of oil in a large, deep skillet over medium-high heat until 375°F. In a shallow bowl combine flour, dry rub, and crushed red pepper, if using. In another shallow bowl combine eggs and milk. Dip chicken pieces into flour mixture, shaking off excess. Dip chicken in egg mixture, then again in flour mixture. Fry half of chicken until browned and cooked through (165°F), 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer to paper towels to drain. Repeat with remaining chicken.

  3. Top each donut with a fried chicken piece and drizzle with hot honey before serving.

    Savory Cornbread Donuts and Fried Chicken
    Matthew Clark

Hot Honey

Make your own hot honey by combining 1/4 cup honey, 2 tablespoons melted butter, and 2 tablespoons hot pepper sauce.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

298 Calories
15g Fat
29g Carbs
13g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 298
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 88mg 29%
Sodium 344mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 29g 11%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 13g
Calcium 49mg 4%
Iron 1.3mg 7%
Potassium 140mg 3%
Folate, total 25.9mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.2mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.3mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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