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Baked Buffalo Chicken Fingers + I’M GETTING MARRIED!

May 21, 2018

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.

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 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?

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

To be honest, the last year of my life (since getting engaged) has been one hell of a season! Some incredible ups and some deeply deep downs. We celebrated our engagement in the most perfect way possible and I’m still so grateful to have had both sets of our parents there. But we also experienced overwhelming loss and some stressful health problems. Note to all brides: try NOT to get shingles, okay?

We celebrated birthdays and travelled to destinations near and far. I become a yoga teacher, C deepened his roots with The Sierra Club and Bodhi perfected the art of the snuggle. I’m not going to lie, I’m looking forward to this time next week when we’ll officially be married and moving onto the next chapter of our lives but even though this year has been a challenge, I wouldn’t have changed any of it.

I get to marry my best friend, surrounded by our closest family and friends. I’ve had many moments where I just wanted to give up or shed wayyyy too many tears over invites/flowers/welcome bags/caterers, but it’s this piece I’m holding on to. I can only imagine how incredible it will feel to look around and see my family interacting with my high school friends, talking with Curt’s camp friends, sitting next to my blogging friends. There are few opportunities in life to bring together all the people you love in one room. I can’t believe this opportunity will be my life in a few short days!

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

So what’s going to be happening around here? As of Wednesday I will be off for 10 days, prepping, getting married and then mooning so hard (#moonsohard <– let’s get this trending!). THM will not be shutting down though. I’m taking this little break as an opportunity to introduce you to Team Maven and the incredible women who keep THM afloat. Tanya and Georgia will be introducing themselves next week and then sharing some amazing pieces of wisdom and yummy recipes with you. I will be very sporadic on social media as well. My #1 priority is to be present in this huge life milestone, not worry about whether or not I’ve posted on Instagram.

I will of course be sharing the details with you after the fact, but I’d like to believe I’m only going through this experience once and I’d like to cherish every minute of it.

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!


Baked Buffalo Chicken Fingers

For a delicious adult version on a kids classic whip up these easy and healthy baked buffalo chicken fingers!
  • Author: The Healthy Maven


  • 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)


  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

These Baked Buffalo Chicken Fingers are a lightened up version on classic chicken tenders with a spicy kick. A perfect weeknight dinner for adults and kids alike.

Any words of wisdom for our upcoming nuptials? What did you serve at your wedding?


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  • Reply
    Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run
    May 21, 2018 at 9:19 am

    Happy wedding week! I can’t wait to see and hear all about your special day! Enjoy every moment xo

  • Reply
    Erin @ Erin's Inside Job
    May 21, 2018 at 12:02 pm

    YESSSSS HAVE SO MUCH FUN and your married name sounds so fancy haha

  • Reply
    Brittany Audra @ Audra's Appetite
    May 21, 2018 at 11:06 pm

    Have so much fun and enjoy this time!! You are so right about wanting to be present in the moment 🙂

    • Reply
      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      May 22, 2018 at 11:46 am

      Thank you so much, lovely! “Be Present”. It’s my mantra for the week. So far so good 🙂

  • Reply
    May 23, 2018 at 12:48 pm

    Hope you enjoy every second of your wedding! I’m with you in the planning but know once the time is here, it will be worth it. Enjoy!!!

  • Reply
    Dennis Vire
    May 23, 2018 at 1:53 pm

    All the best to you and C! Enjoy the adventure.

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    Cassie Thuvan Tran
    May 23, 2018 at 6:19 pm

    I bet you that these past few months–and this year, overall–has been so enlightening for you, thus far. I know that a LOT can happen in just a nick of time, but you should enjoy every single moment of it all! The wedding is probably going to be way too exciting for you. And the MOON, yes, haha! Congratulations once again!

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    The Modern Proper
    May 23, 2018 at 6:22 pm

    I love finding ways to make a traditional kid’s meal into something adults can enjoy just as much. Yay for a more flavorful chicken finger recipe!

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    Nicole @ Laughing My Abs Off
    May 26, 2018 at 3:39 pm

    Davida Lederle sounds AMAZING! AHHH I’m so freaking excited for you! And to see Tanya and Georgia’s posts! Also I am so making this recipe in the next couple days. Yay for being back in my kitchen hehe.

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    Safari Travel Plus
    May 26, 2018 at 5:06 pm

    Hope you won’t stop posting articles once you are married… this can’t be it for your blog post fans. lol

  • Reply
    June 4, 2018 at 2:52 pm

    Congrats for getting married. I hope you keep posting 🙂

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    Riddhima Nair
    June 7, 2018 at 7:52 am

    Thanks for sharing the baked buffalo chicken fingers recipe, it looks so yummy.

  • Reply
    October 18, 2018 at 4:11 pm

    Wow, that looks really tasty. Mouth watering

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