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Baked Buffalo Chicken Tenders

Hi Friends! Some of you may be remember this recipe…and you’re right! I posted this originally in September, but I happily updated the photos this weekend and got another video for you guys!!
Love&Grub: Baked Buffalo Tenders
When I first developed this this recipe, I wanted an easy way to make breaded, baked tenders without having to make an egg wash, dredging station, etc. Not that it doesn’t make things taste delicious, it just always makes kind of mess and lots of dishes.Plus, I was tired of going through all of that and getting dry chicken.So I tried it with a few different dips and sauces, but ultimately…you can never go wrong with buffalo! 

(See: Buffalo Cauliflower Dip for a vegetarian goody!)

Love&Grub: Baked Buffalo Tenders


The amazing part of this recipe is that it not only flavors the chicken, but because of the acid level in the hot sauce, it actually tenderizes the meat. All you need is a few ingredients! 

In the past, I’ve always struggled with getting all my bread crumbs to come out evenly golden brown and crispy but I’ve discovered the simple solution!

The trick to getting a crispy, golden baked finish is toasting the bread crumbs before you dip the chicken in them.

It does cause the crunch to be lessened slightly, so if you want a crunchier bite, skip this step!

Let’s get cooking!

Baked Buffalo Chicken Tenders

March 15, 2017
: 20 min


  • 1 lb chicken tenders
  • 1/4 cup hot sauce (i use Franks)
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • salt&pepper, to taste
  • Step 1 Marinate chicken tenders in hot sauce, garlic powder and cayenne pepper for 4-6 hours. If you don’t have time, 30 minutes to an hour should do the trick!
  • Step 2 On medium heat, in a small pan, heat up olive oil. Toast panko bread crumbs until golden, stirring often. Set aside to cool.
  • Step 3 After chicken finishes marinating, preheat oven to 400 degrees. Season with small pinch of salt and ground black pepper. Dip tenders in bread crumbs on both sides and bake 15 minutes, or until chicken is fully cooked.
  • Step 4 Serve with dip of choice!

Love&Grub: Baked Buffalo Tenders

So. Good. ​Oh em gee.
Serve it with your favorite dip or an added drizzle of hot sauce if you like it extra spicy!  You can serve it along side carrots, or celery! However you do it, make it how you love it and I hope you enjoy!
As always…lots of LOVE,

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