Oven Baked Buttermilk Chicken Fingers ~Secret Recipe Club~

This month for the Secret Recipe Club I was assigned The Daily Dish. Nicole is a busy mom. and has a ton of busy mom recipes to share on her blog.

I loved so many things.... I tried two recipes from her blog! First last week I made her Bread Bowls for a broccoli cheddar soup. Mine did not rise up enough and get that dome shape ( you all know how challenged I am with yeast baking!) so we sliced it up and dipped it in our soup instead. It was still awesome awesome! My kids and husband gobbled it up like the carb addicts they are.

On a busy weeknight of my kids favorite meals is chicken fingers. I am guiltily, I ONLY make them IF they are frozen Tyson brand... OR I fry my own. I have been wanting to try an oven baked healthier version for a long time.

When I saw this post for a freezable bulk method. I jumped on it!  Nicole has instructions on making a large batch freezing the extra so you can pull them out and bake as needed. This is the type of recipe we busy moms need!

For the recipe I adapted it to my tastes, and used a different oven temperature. (our ovens may bake at different temps...every oven is slightly different)

Buttermilk Oven Baked Chicken Fingers:


3 lbs of boneless skinless chicken breasts sliced into tenders
2 cups buttermilk
2 cups of panko  bread crumbs
1/2 cup corn meal
2 cups of all purpose flour; divided in half
3 tsp salt ; divided in 3 parts
3 tsp ground black pepper; divided in 2 parts
3 tsp onion powder
3 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp smoked paprika


In a shallow dish like a pie plate, add in your buttermilk whisk together with 1 tsp salt.

In a second shallow dish add 1 cup of flour with 1 tsp of salt and 1 tsp of pepper. Whisk together.

In a third bowl whisk together panko, corn meal, remaining flour, salt pepper, onion powder, garlic powder and paprika.

Dredge chicken pieces through the flour mixture, then the buttermilk then through the panko mixture completely covering each tender with your breading. Place onto a parchment paper lined cookie sheet bake at 375 for 20 minutes.

To Freeze:

First we want to "flash freeze them". Prepare chicken as instructed right up to the baking point. Place tenders on a plate stick in the freezer for about an hour or until they are slightly hard and not "squishy" anymore. From there you can place them in a freezer bag.

When you are ready to use them, preheat oven to 375 and  bake for 30-40 minutes.

~Family verdict? Kids and husband approved! These were perfectly crunchy on the outside with plenty of flavor and then super moist on the inside! Thanks Nicole for a great family friendly recipe!

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Check out what some of the other members made this week  below......


  1. YUM Carrie. I love this recipe and will definitely need to give it a try soon. I know my kids will dive in!! Great SRC post....by the way...I had your blog! :)


    1. Yay! I'm giddy going to check out your post now! I <3 it when someone I know gets me!

  2. I want a big plate of these Carrie. What a classic!!

  3. What a LOVELY recipe, and one that would be great for a midweek meal! GREAT SCR post! Karen from Lavender and Lovage and Group D

  4. These look delicious! I love making my own chicken fingers!

  5. I wish I were eating these for lunch! Love how they are baked!

  6. My kiddos fav lunch! Gorgeous pic, Carrie!

  7. I love that these are freeze-able, so easy for make ahead and delicious looking and sounding too.

    If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my group "A" SRC entry: Double Chocolate Mousse Cake.

    Cook Lisa Cook

  8. I always say I am going to make my own breaded chicken strips...then I go open the Tyson bag:-) These do look really good and I love that you can freeze a bunch for later. That will come in handy when school starts and we are running to practices!!

    1. I always buy the Tyson as well! I'm so guilty of it!

  9. these look delicious! i might have to make these one night this week - yum!

  10. I got her blog last month and LOVED finding a recipe to try :) Those look yummy!

  11. These sound fantastic and I love that they are freezable. This may be my weekend project!

  12. Yummm!! I've made chicken tenders JUST like this, and lovveeed them. So tasty without all the freaky frying :)

  13. Love this idea of making chicken finger in bulk and freezing...pictures are fabulous too! Great SRC pick!

  14. Ahhh...nothing better than a lovely recipe for chicken :-) Great job Carrie! -)

  15. I love these. And I'm all about homemade BBQ sauce with some homemade chicken fingers. I have to try this soon :)

  16. I love chicken fingers especially if I can dip them in sauce!

  17. I love that they are oven fried, hubby and I adore oven fried chicken:-) Your recipe sounds perfect, and would again be easy to travel with, or eat on the go! Delicious, Hugs, Terra

  18. homemade oven baked/fried chicken fingers are fabulous! plus they taste like chicken and lack that weird processed ingredient flavor i find you get in store bought chicken fingers. i love it :) you can do the same thing with zucchini too!

    happy belated SRC reveal day!

  19. Hi! I'm visiting from SRC Group D. I approve too! This looks delicious!!

  20. YUM! Love chicken fingers....I'm a fellow group D'er