Crispy Baked Chicken Fingers

These chicken fingers taste just as good as the deep fried version.

Crispy Baked Chicken Fingers

Chef Tom
These chicken fingers come out extra crispy with only a fraction of the fat.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people
Calories 410 kcal



  • 10 chicken tenderloins
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup fine cornmeal
  • 3 tablespoons butter

Seasoning Blend

  • 3/4 tablespoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder


  • Mix seasoning together in a small zip top bag. Add 1 tablespoon seasoning blend, 1 cup buttermilk and chicken to a large freezer bag and marinate 6-24 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking tray with parchment paper. Add butter to baking tray and let melt in the oven while it preheats. Remove baking tray once butter is melted.
  • Mix together flour, panko, cornmeal and remaining spices in a large bowl. Add half of this breading mixture to a large freezer bag.
  • Remove chicken tenders from buttermilk and dab off excess marinade with paper towels.
  • Add half of the chicken to the breadcrumb bag and shake until well coated, pressing the breadcrumbs into the chicken with your fingers through the bag. Lay breaded chicken in butter on baking tray. Add remaining breadcrumb mixture to bag along with remaining chicken and repeat.
  • Bake at 400 degrees F for 10-12 minutes until golden then carefully flip chicken and bake another 5-6 minutes then broil to desired crispiness.


Calories: 410kcalCarbohydrates: 48gProtein: 36gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 88mgSodium: 1657mgPotassium: 702mgFiber: 3gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 698IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 124mgIron: 3mg
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