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Southern Bird Dog Sandwiches

In this post I am sharing how to make Southern Bird Dog Sandwiches.

Unbeknownst to this South Carolina girl there is a popular sandwich called the “Bird Dog”. It also happens that it became well known in the region of the state where I live.

It was just two years ago that my husband and I were having lunch in a country store… you know the kind of place where you can fill up your tank, eat lunch in the cafe, and buy simple groceries or fishing tackle that I saw bird dogs on the menu.

I asked the server “What is a bird dog, is it chicken tenders in a hot dog bun or something?” and she replied “exactly“.

Y’all, I was born here, raised here and still live here so I’m not really sure why a bird dog never caught my eye. People love them too. Who knew? Well, a lot of people know. 

ESPN even did a story about bird dogs when they discovered one of the Clemson football players loved them so much. 

South Carolina Bird Dog Sandwiches

Recipe for Southern Bird Dogs. A chicken tender sandwich on a hot dog bun.

What do you put on a bird dog? You can top a bird dog any way you like but there are some well known versions. A classic is basically topped with honey mustard and you can add crispy bacon and cheese if you like. There are also buffalo bird dogs or ranch bird dogs topped with ranch dressing.

Do the chicken tenders have to be fried? Fried tenders are the most popular way to eat a bird dog but if you prefer you could use grilled or “naked” tenders instead.

Carolina Bird Dogs

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This simple version of a fried chicken tender sandwich is great for busy weeknight meals, lunches, tailgating food or Labor Day.

Sometimes the simplest recipes are the most favored and y’all know I love simple recipes. 

The Famous Southern Bird Dog

Upstate SC Bird Dog Recipe is a fried chicken tender sandwich on a hot dog bun topped any way you like it.

Let’s make Southern Bird Dog Sandwiches!

Southern Bird Dog Sandwich

Famous South Carolina Bird Dogs Recipe topped with creamy honey mustard

Classic South Carolina bird dogs recipe

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 8 Hot Dog Buns (deli style top slit preferred)
  • 8 Cooked Breaded Chicken Tenders
  • Honey Mustard
  • 8 Sliced of Cooked Bacon, optional
  • Shredded Cheese, optional


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F - if you plan to top with cheese.
  2. Assemble the bird dogs by placing cooked breaded chicken tenders in hot dog buns.
  3. Next, add bacon (if desired) and honey mustard.
  4. Top with shredded cheese and place into the oven and bake until cheese is melted (if desired).

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 309Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 26mgSodium: 668mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 1gSugar: 4gProtein: 14g

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Deanne Frieders

Friday 6th of September 2019

These are going on the list of field and tractor meals for my farmers! Yum!!!

Julia Jordan

Saturday 7th of September 2019

I sure hope y'all enjoy them!

Jan S

Sunday 1st of September 2019

My hubby and I missed out on Popeye's chicken sandwich. Maybe if I make these that will sooth the sadness... Throw a few pickles on and you're good to go! Hahahaha! --<@

Julia Jordan

Sunday 1st of September 2019

Haha! Pickles would be a great addition!

Miz Helen

Saturday 31st of August 2019

I love a Southern Bird Dog Sandwich, this looks so good! Thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with us at Full Plate Thursday,447 this week. Hope you have a great Labor Day Weekend and come back to see us real soon! Miz Helen


Saturday 31st of August 2019

I've never heard of a bird dog, but what a great idea! I'd rather have that than a hot dog any day. I'll have to make these for a fun dinner some night soon!


Wednesday 28th of August 2019

I love these. I used to make them with chicken tenders from the grocery store! A homemade version is so much better! Delish!

Julia Jordan

Friday 30th of August 2019

I don't mind a good short cut myself ;)

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