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South Carolina Bird Dog Recipe

I bet you’ve never heard of a South Carolina bird dog recipe. Your family is going to love this meal with chicken tenders, bacon and cheese so make sure to add it to your menu.

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Ok- I know this sounds like the weirdest name for a meal, but you will be so happy you tried it.

UPDATE: I’m moving this to the top of my website because it’s the perfect time of year for this- FOOTBALL time. We have our first high school football game this week!

2nd Update- I went to Buffalo Wild Wings, which I never do. I maybe have gone there three times in my entire life and there was a bird dog recipe on the menu!!

I don’t know about you but I’m so tired of cooking and my kids are tired of all my recipes. They’ve been at home most of the past year and we are over it! Since we live in the south, I’ve always heard people talking about this meal before, but never had it. I thought I would try something new for the kids to eat. Chicken tenders are always a winner in my house.

SC bird dog with french fries on a white plate

South Carolina Bird Dog Recipe

With all the sports here all mixed up here in North Carolina, we are very busy right now. Football just ended and now my kids are doing wrestling, lacrosse, soccer and track going on at the same time. There is no way we’ll be able to have a family dinner for at least a month.

This is such a super simple lunch or dinner to make with ingredients you probably normally buy. My kids can even make this on their own, which they will because they loved this. I don’t usually eat honey mustard, but I felt that this helped everything come together and was delicious.

I’ve been buying the big Caesar salad from Costco lately and that’s a great help in getting some healthy food with our meals. My kids love it and it’s perfect with this meal. We can eat from the same package for a few days and it’s great to throw into lunches too.

closeup overhead view of South Carolina bird dog recipe

Kitchen Tools to Make a Southern Bird Dog Recipe

Rimmed baking sheet– You don’t need a big baking sheet for this recipe, but I do recommend a rimmed one. I recommend a nonstick one for this too so your puff pastry will slide off onto your serving dish.

Air Fryer– This recipe calls for crispy bacon, but have you ever cooked bacon in an air fryer? Since I’ve got mine, it’s the only way I cook bacon. It’s so easy to do and no mess! This is the exact one I have and we use it almost every day for something.

Cheese grater– I love this box grater because there are several different blades you can use so it’s perfect for all kinds of recipes.

Ingredients for Southern Bird Dogs

Chicken tenders (chicken fingers)- I just use the normal Tyson brand I get from Costco and cook them in my air fryer or oven.

Bacon– You can use your favorite bacon for this recipe and AGAIN…you need an air fryer to make it in. The clean up is super easy. You can also cook it in the oven.

Cheese– I used mild cheddar cheese and it tasted delicious. Make sure it’s shredded for quick melting.

Honey Mustard

Hot Dog Buns– I like the topped sliced ones best because you need lots of room to add all your ingredients.

closeup overhead view of South Carolina bird dog recipe

How to make South Carolina Bird Dogs

Step 1

Make breaded chicken tenders and bacon according to the directions on the package.

Step 2

Add the chicken to your bun and slide the slice of bacon on the side. Sprinkle with shredded cheese.

Step 3

Bake for 5 minutes or until the cheese melts and top with honey mustard.

Tip 1

You can make this into a bird dog sandwich also by using a bun and chicken pattie. You’ll want to add more slices of bacon too. Add the cheese on top and place in the oven. Add the honey mustard and lastly, place the top bun on the sandwich.

closeup overhead view of South Carolina bird dog recipe with french fries on a white plate

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South Carolina Bird Dog Recipe

I bet you've never heard of a South Carolina bird dog. Your family is going to love this meal so make sure to add it to your menu.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword hot dogs
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Author Holly- Keeping Life Sane


  • 4 chicken tenders frozen
  • 4 slices bacon cooked crispy
  • 4 hot dog buns
  • cheddar cheese shredded
  • honey mustard


  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • Cook chicken tenders and bacon according to directions. You can use the over or air fryer.
  • Add chicken tenders and bacon to hot dog bun and top with shredded cheese.
  • Bake for 5 minutes or until cheese has melted.
  • Top with honey mustard and serve.

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