I love fried chicken tenders. They are just so crispy and delicious, but oh so unhealthy and (usually) loaded in fat. But I have fixed all that!! I knew there had to be a way to make chicken tenders just as delicious as the crispy fried ones, minus the big vat of oil. With the help of Pinterest for inspiration, I succeeded.
Looks likes it fried, doesn’t it! (And seriously… camera LOVE!) They also have a hint of heat with the addition of buffalo sauce in the marinade.
What can I say? I was craving wings at the time too! So this can also be a healthy way to curb your hot wings craving on a random Tuesday night.
But please be careful when placing the chicken in the oven.
Yes, I did drop the uncooked chicken in the oven. Note to self, place the pan ONTO the oven rack….NOT oven door.
No worries! I saved them!! From start to finish, it took about 45 minutes including the marinade time. What to know the secret of the extra-crispy crust though?!?!
Yes you heard that right! I used a bran-like cereal that was high in fiber and low in sugar, which made a perfect crust for the chicken tenders. I was amazed at how crispy it turned out. So I suggest making these tonight. See below for my step-by-step recipe!
Healthy Buffalo Chicken Strips
- Small chicken breast (0.75 – 1 pound)
- 3/4 cup wing sauce
- 1/2 cup egg whites
- 2 tablespoons hot sauce
- 1.5 cups high fiber cereal (I used Nature’s Path Organic Heritage Flakes)
- 1 tablespoons garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon onion powder
- 2 teaspoons pepper
- 1 tablespoon butter, melted
- 1 tablespoon wing sauce
- 2 teaspoons hot sauce