Photo: Oxmoor House
Prep Time
2 Mins
Cook Time
20 Mins
Stand Time
10 Mins
4 servings (serving size: about 3 chicken tenders and 2 tablespoons dipping sauce)

This oven-frying method delivers a crispy coating without deep-frying. Don't be tempted to skip any steps if you want a golden, crunchy chicken tender.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 450°.

Step 2

Combine panko, pepper, and salt in a shallow dish. Pour buttermilk into another shallow dish.

Step 3

Dip chicken in buttermilk; dredge in panko mixture, pressing firmly to coat. Shake off excess panko mixture. Place chicken on a wire rack; let stand 10 minutes. While chicken stands, place a jelly-roll pan in oven to heat.

Step 4

Coat chicken well with cooking spray. Remove hot pan from oven; coat with cooking spray. Arrange chicken in a single layer on pan. Bake at 450° for 23 minutes or until chicken is lightly browned. Serve with Cajun-Creole Dipping Sauce.

Cooking Light Fresh Food Fast

Ratings & Reviews

Lisamarie152's Review

August 30, 2012

Tacoma's Review

April 29, 2012
Quick and easy...chicken comes out great and the sauce just makes it!

KellyDiff's Review

March 22, 2012
Yum. My 3 year old gave a thumbs up!

tarabod's Review

May 25, 2011
We enjoyed this but I did make some changes that were crucial to my family enjoying this recipe. I added a tbsp. of dijon mustard to the buttermilk and I added the cajun seasoning to the panko. I did not make the creole sauce, instead I served it with bbq sauce or a yogurt based ranch dressing.

Bzilla26's Review

August 21, 2010
I followed the directions to the "T" and also made the dipping sauce. I made this for my boyfriend and he loved It. I however, liked the sauce fine, but It wasn't outstanding. Next time, I think I might stuff with a little mix of jalapeno/cheese, spice up the Panko a little more, and use a ranch dressing. Great as an appetizer!

cjbuddy's Review

February 24, 2010
Very good. I have made several "oven fried" chicken recipes and this is another I will certainly use. Didn't make the sauce, but served with mashed potatoes, peas and ranch, bbq and honey mustard dipping sauces.