Spicy Baked Chicken Tenders

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Tender white meat chicken tenders, breaded in buttermilk, corn flakes and spices and baked (not fried) to perfection.

Spicy Baked Chicken Tenders

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Chicken tenders.  Many kids’ favorite meal.

Spicy Baked Chicken Tenders

We make these at home, but add some kick to them with some Cayenne pepper.   Our kids like spicy food, so it’s a winning situation around here.

I first got the idea to make these after making these Crispy “Oven-Fried” Chicken in a Biscuit Sandwiches.  It made my husband reminisce about ordering chicken tenders at a restaurant he used to go to as a kid with his parents.  He was the baby of the family, his brother and sister already gone,  so a lot of weekends he got to go out for dinner with his parents or with them and their friends.

He told us they always served their chicken tenders with warm melted butter.  Now I know that’s a thing for crab legs … but chicken tenders?  We have always been more “dip ’em in Ranch” kinda people.

Spicy Baked Chicken Tenders

We HAD to give it a try, right?

We melted up some warm butter for serving, but also served with ranch and BBQ sauce.  Something for everyone.

Spicy Baked Chicken Tenders

Along side some warm mashed potatoes and gravy and Paisley Farm Four Bean Salad.

Paisley Farm Food’s signature All Natural Four Bean Salad is a sweet blend of kidney, garbanzo, green, and wax beans accented with freshly diced onions and red peppers. The convenient straight from the jar goodness makes this one of their most popular items. Colorful and delicious, their Four Bean Salad can be served and enjoyed from gourmet table settings to summer picnics, and everywhere in between.

Paisley Farm Foods was established in 1945.  The people that make up our world are vastly different than those who raised families, lived and worked, and made meals back in 1945. Except for one thing: we still share their desire for convenient, deliciously prepared foods made of the fresh, high quality vegetables.

Spicy Baked Chicken Tenders

Paisley Farm Four Bean Salad was the perfect accompaniment to these chicken fingers, and is sure to be a staple for grilling and picnic season.  Find out where to find some for yourself, today!

Spicy Baked Chicken Tenders

Simple to make — chicken tenders, buttermilk and crushed corn flake cereal with spices.

I never purchase real buttermilk.  I always make my own.  It’s easy to prepare with only two ingredients.

Spicy Baked Chicken Tenders

Dip each chicken tender into the buttermilk, and coat in cereal.

Spicy Baked Chicken Tenders

Place on a cookie sheet and bake.

Spicy Baked Chicken Tenders

They come out perfectly done, perfectly moist and perfectly crunchy … every time.

Spicy Baked Chicken Tenders

What are you waiting for?

Let’s make some!

Spicy Baked Chicken Tenders in a basket and on a white plate
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Spicy Baked Chicken Tenders

Tender white meat chicken tenders, breaded in buttermilk, corn flakes and spices and baked (not fried) to perfection.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time12 minutes
Total Time22 minutes
Course: Chicken
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Spicy Baked Chicken Tenders
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 291kcal
Author: Michaela Kenkel


  • 1.5 pounds chicken breast tenderloins
  • 1/2 cup milk or cream + 2 teaspoon lemon juice OR 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups crushed Corn Flake Cereal crushed


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Combine milk or cream with lemon juice, let stand for 10 minutes. OR use buttermilk
  • Combine spices and crushed cornflakes in a bowl. Set aside.
  • Dip chicken tenderloins in buttermilk then coat in corn flake mixture.
  • Lay on a cookie sheet.
  • Bake for 12 minutes or until chicken's internal temperature is 165 degrees on a meat thermometer.
  • Serve with hot melted butter, Ranch, Honey Mustard or BBQ Sauce.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 291kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 104mg | Sodium: 448mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g

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  1. That is a favorite meal to me. I grew up eating that bean salad and am drooling just remembering it. I’ve got to get me some and paired with the spicy chicken fingers is a match made in heaven!

  2. What did you think of the melted butter dip? I’ve never tried that either. Gotta be good, I mean it’s butter? 🙂 These chicken tenders look absolutely amazing – perfect crunchy and delicious and yummy with the tangy bean salad!!

  3. I’m thinking these would go great with my homemade honey mustard! And that bean salad too…I LOVE bean salads like that. I wonder if Paisley Farms has distribution near me? I’ll have to keep my eye out.

  4. I just made the spicy chicken tenders which is pretty easy to do. I cut up 3 boneless chicken breast which was a quick process. After following the recipe, the spicy tenders came out delicious and crunchy. This is a great option over frying. Yummy, I won’t hesitate to make it again. Now I’m back to my 2nd and 3rd servings. Thank you!

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