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Baked Buffalo Chicken Tenders

September 21, 2019

Celebrate your inner child with these Baked Buffalo Chicken Tenders. Made with almond meal, egg and hot sauce, this is a simple recipe for chicken fingers that you can serve for weeknight dinners or for a healthy kids meal.

Celebrate your inner child with these Baked Buffalo Chicken Fingers. Made with almond meal, egg and hot sauce, this is a simple recipe that you can serve for weeknight dinners or for a healthy kids meal.

This is the last post on the blog before I GET MARRIED.

Okay let’s all just take a second to let that soak in.

Deep breaths.

Somehow it felt fitting to post a recipe for baked buffalo chicken tenders (or chicken fingers!) before my wedding. 1) because we are most definitely serving them at our wedding (to be fair it’s the kids menu, but still…) and 2) because I feel like a child bride who eats still eats chicken fingers at least once a week and is deeply confused about who gave me permission to get married.

Late 20s are such a weird time. Some people are married and have babies and others are still trying to commit to a relationship with their hairdresser. Your age doesn’t seem to match your maturity…in either direction.

I digress…Is marriage brain a thing? Let’s chat chicken tenders instead…

Baked Buffalo Chicken Tenders made from all-natural ingredients like almond meal, organic chicken and ghee!

Ingredients For This Recipe

  • chicken breasts cut into tenders or strips
  • 1 egg
  • hot sauce of choice 
  • almond meal – make sure this isn’t almond flour!
  • spices – garlic powder, chili powder, cumin, sea salt
  • ghee (or butter)

Perfecting Baked Chicken Tenders

These are the best baked chicken tenders for a couple of reasons… they are packed with flavor and have a perfectly crunchy coating on them. The secret? Added flavor in each step. Instead of dredging your chicken breasts in a plain egg, mix the hot sauce with the egg. Instead of just using plain almond meal, mix in spices with the almond meal.

The crucial step comes after baking where you’ll dip each chicken finger into a mixture of butter (or ghee) and hot sauce for some added heat. Layers and layer of yummy goodness packed into one tender!

Healthy Baked Buffalo Chicken Fingers for an easy weeknight dinner or kid-friendly favorite!

What to Serve With Chicken Fingers

My mind immediately goes to fries because that was my pairing of choice for pretty much my whole life! Here are a few suggestions:

So with that, I leave you with this delicious recipe for Baked Buffalo Chicken Fingers (or Baked Buffalo Chicken Tenders #youdoyou) and bid you adieu until I return as DAVIDA LEDERLE. WOAH. See you soon!

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Baked Buffalo Chicken Fingers

For a delicious adult version on a kids classic whip up these easy and healthy baked buffalo chicken fingers!

Celebrate your inner child with these Baked Buffalo Chicken Tenders. Made with almond meal, egg and hot sauce, this is a simple recipe for chicken fingers that you can serve for weeknight dinners or for a healthy kids meal.

  • Author: Davida Lederle
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 large egg
  • 4 1/2 tbsp hot sauce of choice (reserve 3 tbsp for sauce)
  • 2/3 cup almond meal (NOT almond flour)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 1/2 tbsp ghee (or butter)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Slice chicken breasts into strips.
  3. Beat egg in a large bowl and combine with 1 1/2 tbsp hot sauce
  4. In a separate bowl combine almond meal and spices.
  5. Dip 1 strip into egg mixture with left hand and place into almond-spice mixture and mix to coat with right hand.
  6. Place onto a a parchment or silicone-lined baking sheet.
  7. Repeat with remaining strips.
  8. Bake for 20 minutes.
  9. Let cool on tray for 20 minutes
  10. In a large shallow pan, combine ghee and remained 3 tbsp of hot sauce until melted and combined.
  11. Using tongs or a fork, dip each chicken finger into sauce and flip to coat on both sides.
  12. Place back into tray to let soak in mixture for 10 minutes

 

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  • Reply
    Shiloh Miller
    June 5, 2020 at 11:56 am

    SO DELICIOUS and such a better alternative to chicken nuggets. The breading was A1 and the buffalo flavor just took it to a whole other level! Made the “perfect roasted potatoes” as a side and couldn’t have been more satisfied!

    • Reply
      Davida Lederle
      June 7, 2020 at 2:36 pm

      So happy to hear you enjoyed, Shiloh! Two of my favorite recipes!

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