Crunchy Goose Tenders & Pepper Medley Sauce

Snow geese travel at an average speed of 55 km/hour but are known to hit speeds up to 95 km/hour—truly a hunter’s fast food!

When hunting snow geese or Canada geese, the number of goose breasts to process can add up fast. Removing the tenders from each breast will allow hunters to create a special meal. Why not create a thunder-crunch on the tenders and make goose-gobblers out of your testing crew?

Try making a pepper dipping sauce using a medley of whole peppercorns to kick up the culinary experience. Red, green, white, and black peppercorns will delight your tastebuds and are often available prepackaged together in most grocery stores’ spice aisle.

Prep Time

12 – 24 hours (includes marinating)

Cook Time


Total Time

12.5 – 24.5 hours







  • 12 – 16 goose tenders, trimmed from breast and cleaned
  • 2 cups buttermilk

For the Peppercorn Sauce:

  • 3 tbsp salted butter
  • 3 tbsp minced shallots
  • 3 tbsp brandy or rum
  • 1 tbsp peppercorns, mashed in a mortar & pestle
  • 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 cup heavy cream

For the Breading:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup Panko crumbs
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 Tbsp dried parsley
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp poultry seasoning
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 4 cups frying oil



  1. Place tenders in a resealable bag or covered bowl and pour buttermilk over to cover. Refrigerate overnight (12-24 hours).
  2. When ready to prepare, start with the sauce. Melt the butter in a small saucepan. Add shallots and sauté until golden.
  3. Stir in the brandy or rum and peppercorns and cook over medium-high heat until the volume is reduced by half.
  4. Add the mustard and blend well. Slowly add the cream, continually stirring, and simmer gently until thickened. Let the sauce cool, store in a sealable container, and place in the refrigerator for one hour.
  5. Meanwhile, for the tenders, combine breadcrumbs and spices in a bag or airtight container.
  6. Add cooking oil to a 12-14-inch cast iron frying pan or Dutch oven to a depth of about 2 inches. Preheat cooking oil to 375°F.
  7. Drain excess buttermilk off of goose tenders with a large sieve or colander set over the sink. Then place 3 or 4 tenders at a time in the breading and shake to coat thoroughly.
  8. Place the coated tenders one at a time in the hot oil to fill the pan (don’t overcrowd!). Turn each piece at least once, and cook until they are golden brown, about two to three minutes per side. Use a thermometer to monitor oil temperature (should remain between 350°F and 375°F), which is critical to obtain the “crunch” and avoid oil from absorbing into the breading.
  9. Remove the tenders from oil and place on a paper towel-lined tray to absorb excess oil.
  10. Serve hot with peppercorn sauce.

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