Homemade Chicken Tenders With Zax Sauce

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 Zax Sauce

My family is addicted to Zaxby’s. Well, let’s just say my husband is addicted to Zaxby’s, so we all tag along for the ride.


If you’re not from the South, you’ve probably not even heard of a Zaxby’s, but when we moved to Alabama we noticed they keep fried chicken finger chains on just about every corner. Since Zaxby’s is our favorite (especially since they send us coupons every once in awhile), we frequent it quite a bit.


We all love the Chicken Tenders with Zax Sauce, however it’s far from the healthiest meal on the planet (clearly!) So I decided to see if I could mimic it at home, with a few healthy twists  My family loved it (my son actually proclaimed it better than Zaxbys), and it was an easy way to please everyone and enjoy a simple meal at home. Here’s how to make it at your house too . . .


Zax Sauce

Homemade Chicken Tenders


  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cups seasoned bread crumbs (you could also use crushed Ritz Crackers or crushed Rice Krispies)
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 2 tsp seasoning salt
  • 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breast tenders


  1. Melt butter and pour into pie plate or shallow bowl.
  2. In a separate shallow bowl, mix together flour, bread crumbs and seasoning salt.
  3. Dip chicken strips in butter, then dredge in bread crumb mixture.
  4. Add chicken to lightly greased baking sheet.
  5. Bake 20-25 minutes in oven at 400.
  6. Serve with barbecue sauce, honey mustard sauce or Zax sauce (see recipe below.)


Zax Sauce


  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise (I used fat free mayonnaise)
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp black pepper


  1. Mix together all ingredients.
  2. Refrigerate at least two hours.
  3. Serve with Chicken Tenders ~ enjoy!


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  1. Looks yummy … I make a similar version of zax sauce but I add just a splash of pickle juice. It makes it have a little tang ! Very good .

  2. Thank you so much for this! I am an NC-to-OR transplant and miss Zaxby’s so much. This will be a perfect substitute.

    • You’re so welcome! I bet that would be a tough move (my husband says he can’t leave the South because he’d miss Sweet Tea too much, but I’m betting losing Sweet Tea AND Zaxby’s would put him over the edge! 🙂

  3. Oooo yummy!! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe and linking up to Thrifty Thursday!

  4. Liz Lambertson Gaylord says:

    Did you flip these halfway through baking?

  5. Do you have to use mayo for the sauce or can you use something else? If so what else would you suggest?

    • The only thing I can think of is Miracle Whip? Not sure if that helps Alison, but I can’t think of anything else!

    • I’ve made it with plain Greek yogurt. It’s not quite as good but honestly, it’s close enough and so much healthier that it’s worth it

  6. Going to try these tonight! Moved up to PA after having lived in the south my entire life (AL, TN & MS). I”m pregnant with my 2nd & craving and missing Zaxbys so much!!

    • Rachel – we miss Zaxby’s so much ALL the time! They do have Cane’s here in Ohio (kind of similar) but just not the same. Hope you enjoy it (and congratulations on your little one!) 🙂


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