Easy Buffalo Chicken Fingers

by jenna on February 25, 2014

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This is the quickest, easiest way I know how to squash a buffalo chicken craving.

This is definitely not a “fancy” recipe {at all!} but it’s absolutely delicious! And it takes no time at all to whip up. All you need is a chicken breast, some panko breadcrumbs, a bottle of buffalo sauce and some blue cheese dressing. Done and done. It really doesn’t get simpler and Adam would be happy to eat something like this every night if I let him.

You can enjoy these chicken strips right out of the oven or chop them up and throw them in a salad or in a burrito. And since they are baked, not fried, they are a much healthier option than the traditional bar food version.

So….kid friendly? Check. Guy friendly? Check check. Folks, we have a winner!

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When I made these last week and Adam graciously offered to taste test, I asked if he thought you guys would mind that they are more “fork and knife” chicken fingers than the “pick up kind”. He said they taste so good so no one would care that they needed a fork. Hopefully you guys will agree! He then went on to say he needed to try “one more” to make sure it was okay….and then that turned into another….I’m sure you guys can see where this is going.

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Sure, you could easily make your own blue cheese dressing but sometimes it’s nice to keep things easy and just grab some pre-made off the shelf. And yes, I made absolute certain the dressing I chose was pregnancy friendly {I even called the company}. I don’t always LOVE the strong taste of blue cheese, but with buffalo chicken it’s an absolute must.

These would make a great weeknight dinner with some roasted broccoli and rice pilaf. I am already planning to make this again as part of our dinner rotation since we both loved them so much!

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Easy Buffalo Chicken Fingers

serves 3-4

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Ingredients:

1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 1.5″ strips

sprinkle of salt and pepper

1 cup Panko breadcrumbs

1/2 cup buffalo sauce

blue cheese dressing for dipping

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a 9 x 12″ glass casserole dish with nonstick spray and set aside.

Place your panko breadcrumbs in one shallow dish and pour your buffalo sauce in the other. Sprinkle salt and pepper over each strip of chicken and then dunk each into the buffalo sauce followed by the panko. Lay flat in your prepared dish.

Repeat with remaining strips and place in oven to bake for about 25-30 minutes, until chicken has cooked through. Remove and let cool before serving with blue cheese dressing for dipping!

Time:

40 minutes

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Jojo @ RunFastEatLots February 25, 2014 at 3:22 am

These look delicious! Love the crispness you get from the panko crumbs!

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Madison February 25, 2014 at 4:22 am

My husband loves ALL things Buffalo Chicken…I think I’ve made about as many Pinterest recipes with Buffalo Chicken as possible…I cannot wait to try yours! :)

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat February 25, 2014 at 4:32 am

Mmm these sound great! I used to have a roommate who ate chicken fingers out of a box every.single.night. I bet if I’d made these for her, she’d never buy another box again!

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Maryea {happy healthy mama} February 25, 2014 at 4:34 am

Yum! Love how easy this recipe is.

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Rachel February 25, 2014 at 4:59 am

Yes! Love anything buffalo chicken lightened up!

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Chicago Jogger February 25, 2014 at 5:02 am

Yum! I love anything with buffalo sauce. I never thought to add it to chicken fingers:) Tasty.

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DessertForTwo February 25, 2014 at 5:13 am

ooh yum! I’m craving buffalo sauce and bleu cheese now! :)

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Liz @ Tip Top Shape February 25, 2014 at 5:25 am

I was so excited when I saw this post in my reader!!! I LOVE buffalo flavored anything, and could always use new recipes to keep me from going to Buffalo Wild Wings every night!

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Morgan February 25, 2014 at 5:39 am

I’m sure I’ve posted this in your comments during a wing sauce recipe before but the best one I’ve ever had is as follows:

1 shallot minced and sautéed with 1 tbsp. butter until lightly browned
1 clove of garlic, sautéed but not chopped, merely for flavor with the shallot
1/4 cup of sherry, added to the browned shallots and reduced
1/2 stick of butter melted in the pan
1 bottle of frank’s red hot sauce
1 tsp of honey.
Simmer and taste-test until desired ratio of butter:hot sauce: honey is achieved. Strain when finished.

Alternatively, I just microwave 1/2 cup of frank’s with 1 tbsp. of butter, a pinch of honey and a pinch of garlic salt

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gwen February 25, 2014 at 8:46 am

This sounds even tastier! Do you sub this sauce for buffalo sauce straight from the bottle?

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Sara @ LovingOnTheRun February 25, 2014 at 5:41 am

My husband’s favorite thing ever is anything with buffalo sauce! I can’t wait to make these for him :)

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Helen @ the crispy crouton February 25, 2014 at 6:02 am

Coming from the UK, I’ve seen ‘buffalo’ chicken on menus in restaurants and wondered what the buffalo bit was all about. Your post has just enlightened me – it’s the sauce! I would love to hear what buffalo sauce is like – I’m thinking BBQ, spicy… am I right? I’m not sure if we can get it over here.

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Molly February 25, 2014 at 6:03 am

This looks great! Which dressing did you use? I’d love to know a preggie-friendly one…I definitely miss my blue cheese!!!

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jenna February 25, 2014 at 7:20 am

It’s a brand called Toby’s – the blue cheese has been pasteurized in the dressing. Of course, you should still eat at your own risk (by that I mean some people are hesitant to eat blue cheese even if it has been pasteurized)

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Molly February 25, 2014 at 8:34 am

Thanks!

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erin @hooleywithaz February 25, 2014 at 6:38 am

okay, this is a weird question, but what brand of blue cheese dressing have you found that is pregnancy safe? i have been having MAD cravings for something like this, and the blue cheese thing has been making me so sad.

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jenna February 25, 2014 at 7:20 am

It’s a brand called Toby’s – the blue cheese has been pasteurized in the dressing. Of course, you should still eat at your own risk (by that I mean some people are hesitant to eat blue cheese even if it has been pasteurized)

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Erin | The Law Student's Wife February 25, 2014 at 6:48 am

Buffalo sauce, chicken, and blue cheese are the ultimate “guy” trifecta, though I would gladly shove my husband out of the way to reach the plate first!

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Christine February 25, 2014 at 7:18 am

Thank you for sharing this healthy version! I salivate whenever I think of buffalo sauce, haha. I wonder if cooking them on a wire rack would make them crispier instead of putting them in a baking dish?

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Tiffany S. February 25, 2014 at 5:06 pm

I bake mine on a wire rack and they come out perfectly crispy all around. I highly suggest using one!

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Bryony @ Bryony Cooks February 25, 2014 at 7:55 am

These sound great! I love the use of panko breadcrumbs for some added crunch!

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Kim @ roaming raspberry February 25, 2014 at 10:42 am

Mmmmmmm I love buffalo chicken!!!! Delicious!

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Carla February 25, 2014 at 10:52 am

Yum! I’ve been telling my husband that we really need to stop buying chicken fingers in the bag (he eats them and gives them to the grandkids) because they aren’t good for you. I’ll have to show him how easy this is and that he won’t really need to wait longer for me to make it.

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Tiffany S. February 25, 2014 at 5:03 pm

I make these all the time but instead of using panko, I roll the chicken strips in crushed Ritz crackers. Not as healthy as panko but adds a lot of flavor and a little more crunch. My husband and I always fight over the last chicken tender!

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Emily @ Life on Food February 25, 2014 at 5:24 pm

um, yes please. My husband constantly wants buffalo chicken. This quick, easy recipe is exactly what I need.

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Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs February 25, 2014 at 5:30 pm

Yum! Simple & delicious :)

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Laura February 25, 2014 at 6:40 pm

I make these whenever I don’t feel like “cooking” a large meal, pair with some roasted veggies and we’re good to go! If I have enough time I’ll marinate the chicken in the buffalo sauce, adding a splash of buttermilk to help coat all of the chicken. Delish!

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Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope February 26, 2014 at 2:30 am

So simple!! Love this! Definitely going to be trying it out soon :)

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colleen February 26, 2014 at 8:51 am

Hi Jenna! If anyone has your book, I’d recommended the Oven Fried Sweet Potato wedges to go with this. It’s really funny, 4 year old son LOVES them as his favorite potatoes, and 6 year old daughter is kind of “meh” when she sees them. Three out of four family members approve! We have never been a “buy frozen fries” family, but why would you, when you have this recipe, anyway.

We also did your Crockpot lasagna, and used chicken sausage with the spinach. Turned out great!

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Alyssa February 26, 2014 at 12:56 pm

These look good, and I am not even a wing fan. My husband on the other hand would devour these. I’ll make them tomorrow. Thanks for the recipe

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Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats February 26, 2014 at 6:23 pm

Love this and perfect for a game day snack. So making this around March Madness time and keeping it in my back pocket when football season comes around again. :) Pinned!

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Amanda February 27, 2014 at 8:20 am

These look so yummy! I’m not a fan of bleu cheese at all but buffalo chicken is one of my favorites.

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Heather February 27, 2014 at 6:53 pm

Made a double batch tonight, hoping for leftovers. They were so delicious, we polished them all off. So simple, so delicious!

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Meredith March 2, 2014 at 8:14 pm

Made these tonight….so good! Thanks for the delicious recipe. I didn’t feel like making dinner tonight but these were so easy to pull together it changed my mind. Keep the simple weeknight recipes coming:) thanks!

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Lacey Bean March 3, 2014 at 3:50 pm

Made this tonight for dinner – it was a big hit! I had to double the recipe though for my husband daughter and I – delicious!!

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Lauren @ Focused To Be Fit March 5, 2014 at 12:21 pm

There isn’t one buffalo recipe I’d turn away. These look so good and I bet my boyfriend would gobble them up!

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Gina March 6, 2014 at 1:37 pm

Made these last night and LOVED them. So easy to make!

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