Baked Buttermilk Chicken Strips

Baked Buttermilk Chicken Strips are a budget-friendly homemade dinner that is easy to make. The oven-baked chicken strips recipe is breaded in buttermilk, parmesan cheese, herbs, and Panko bread crumbs for a delicious and tasty dinner. The chicken strips, aka chicken fingers, are a big hit around here!

Baked Buttermilk Chicken Strips are a budget-friendly homemade dinner that is easy to make. The oven-baked chicken strips are breaded in buttermilk, parmesan cheese, herbs, and panko bread crumbs for a delicious and tasty dinner.

Crispy Chicken Tenders Ingredient List

  • Chicken tenderloins
  • Dijon mustard
  • Mayonnaise
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Flour
  • Buttermilk
  • Panko breadcrumbs
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Butter

Full printable recipe with ingredients, measurements, and instructions listed at the bottom of the post in the recipe card.

Baked Chicken Strips with Simple Ingredients

Last night, I decided we would have some homemade chicken strips. They are just simple breaded buttermilk chicken tenders. The kids love ’em, but we always buy them from a restaurant, and I wanted to give them something that we knew exactly what ingredients were in them. Plus, they are a healthier alternative to fried chicken when they are baked.

I’ve never been a huge fan of chicken nuggets and chicken strips, but let me tell you when these were cooked up and ready to go last night, I kept asking the kids if they were going to eat all of their chicken because I wanted their leftovers! They. Were. Delicious. And the kids ate every bite of this new family favorite.

Baked Buttermilk Chicken Strips are a budget-friendly homemade dinner that is easy to make. The oven-baked chicken strips are breaded in buttermilk, parmesan cheese, herbs, and Panko bread crumbs for a delicious and tasty dinner.

Buttermilk is a southern staple. Southerners always have some in their fridge at all times. It adds so much flavor, creaminess, and depth to a meal. And that’s exactly what it did with the chicken strips last night. And dipping in the breadcrumbs mixtures and baking makes amazingly delicious, crispy baked chicken tenders. This is the perfect easy dinner recipe.

How Do You Make The Baked Chicken Tender Recipe?

  1. Add the grated parmesan cheese and breadcrumbs to a bowl.
  2. In another bowl, add the Dijon mustard, mayonnaise, salt, pepper, flour, and buttermilk. Mix well.
  3. Dip the chicken strips into the buttermilk mixture and then into the Panko bread crumbs. Set on a baking sheet in a single layer.
  4. Bake for 45 minutes or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees.
  5. Dip in your favorite dipping sauce.
chicken strips with dip

Step-By-Step Instructions For Oven-Baked Chicken Tenders

Panko breadcrumbs in a skillet

Toasting The Breadcrumbs

Add the butter to the saucepan and let it melt. Next, add the Panko bread crumbs. Watch them closely as they like to toast fast. I like to toast them a little before I bread the chicken because I think it adds a little more crunch factor. But toasting the Panko breadcrumbs is optional. After you toast them a little, add them to a bowl and set them aside.

Parmesan cheese and Panko breadcrumbs

Add the parmesan cheese and stir it up. For added flavor, you can add onion powder, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, or Italian seasoning. I don’t have it in this recipe, but it gives you the option of changing it a bit from time to time.

Baked Buttermilk Chicken Strips are a budget-friendly homemade dinner that is easy to make. The oven-baked chicken strips are breaded in buttermilk, parmesan cheese, herbs, and panko bread crumbs for a delicious and tasty dinner.

In a small to medium-sized bowl, add the Dijon mustard, mayonnaise, salt, pepper, and flour and mix it up. 

Baked Buttermilk Chicken Strips are a budget-friendly homemade dinner that is easy to make. The oven-baked chicken strips are breaded in buttermilk, parmesan cheese, herbs, and panko bread crumbs for a delicious and tasty dinner.

Add the buttermilk to the flour mixture and stir. It will be a pretty thick mixture. This is your buttermilk marinade.

Baked Buttermilk Chicken Strips are a budget-friendly homemade dinner that is easy to make. The oven-baked chicken strips are breaded in buttermilk, parmesan cheese, herbs, and panko bread crumbs for a delicious and tasty dinner.

Dip the chicken strip into the buttermilk mixture and then into the Panko bread crumb mixture. If you don’t have any Panko, you can use regular breadcrumbs for this recipe.

Baked Buttermilk Chicken Strips are a budget-friendly homemade dinner that is easy to make. The oven-baked chicken strips are breaded in buttermilk, parmesan cheese, herbs, and panko bread crumbs for a delicious and tasty dinner.

Place the chicken strips on a prepared baking sheet and bake to crispy perfection for approximately 45 minutes or until the chicken is cooked. And, oh, your house is going to smell delicious.

TIP: I try to use a rimmed baking sheet so the juices don’t run off the baking sheet pan and get the oven dirty.

You can use this same recipe for chicken breasts, as well. It’s a super tasty breading and it turns out golden brown, crispy, and delicious. You might need to cook a full chicken breast longer, though.

You will love baked buttermilk chicken strips, and I’m just sure of it! I am hoping they will be your favorite chicken strips from now on! 

Homemade Chicken Tenders

These are the perfect finger foods for the entire family. You can dip them into ranch dressing, honey mustard sauce, bleu cheese, ketchup, or your favorite sauce. If you have a kiddo with a picky palate, this is a recipe they will love. I have a picky one, and he always asks for extra chicken tenders.

If you don’t have any chicken tenderloins on hand, you can cut boneless, skinless chicken breasts into strips. I’ve done that a few times, and it works great.

Baked Buttermilk Chicken Strips are a budget-friendly homemade dinner that is easy to make. The oven-baked chicken strips are breaded in buttermilk, parmesan cheese, herbs, and panko bread crumbs for a delicious and tasty dinner.

What to Serve with Chicken Tenders

There are a lot of great recipes out there to serve with chicken tenders. Here are a few of our favorites.

  • Honey mustard sauce for dipping – this is a great five-minute recipe from Pinch of Yum that is perfect for dipping chicken tenders.
  • Southern pan fried potatoes – the kids love these, and they are so easy to make.
  • Moist Jiffy cornbread – if you love cornbread, you will love this recipe. By adding just a couple of ingredients, you will have a moist and incredibly tasty side dish.
  • Jiffy cornbread hush puppies – Jiffy always tastes great, and it’s even better in a hush puppy.
  • Oven baked potato wedges – these are just like french fries, but they have a ton of flavor. And they are super easy to make.
  • Oven roasted red potatoes – these are made with red potatoes, parmesan, olive oil, and a couple more ingredients that taste amazing.
Baked Buttermilk Chicken Strips are a budget-friendly homemade dinner that is easy to make. The oven-baked chicken strips are breaded in buttermilk, parmesan cheese, herbs, and panko bread crumbs for a delicious and tasty dinner.

Baked Buttermilk Chicken Tender Recipe

The oven-baked buttermilk chicken strips recipe masterfully combines juicy chicken with a crunchy breadcrumb mixture, creating a delightful experience for taste buds seeking tender and healthy recipes. Baked at the perfect temperature, these chicken pieces, marinated in a mixture of buttermilk, mayonnaise, and Dijon mustard, then coated in a crispy breading mixture, yield an end result that’s a delicious alternative to deep frying, perfect for pairing with sides like sweet potato fries or potato salad.

chicken on a plate.

Baked Buttermilk Chicken Strips

Yield: 12 pieces
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Baked Buttermilk Chicken Strips are a budget-friendly homemade dinner that is easy to make. The oven-baked chicken strips are breaded in buttermilk, parmesan cheese, herbs, and Panko bread crumbs for a delicious and tasty dinner.

Ingredients

  • 12-15 chicken strips
  • 1 Tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1 Tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 Tablespoon butter

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350-degrees

  • Melt butter in saucepan and brown Panko crumbs. Pour into small bowl. (optional)
    1. Add the parmesan cheese to the Panko breadcrumbs and stir together.
    2. In a small bowl add dijon mustard, mayonnaise, salt, pepper, flour, and buttermilk. Stir until well blended.
    3. Dip each chicken strip into the buttermilk mixture and then into the Panko mixture.
    4. Set the chicken strips on the baking sheet.
    5. Bake chicken tenders for 45 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. They will end up with a breaded crispy coating.
    6. Dip in ketchup or ranch dressing or your favorite dip.

    Notes

    You can use regular breadcrumbs if you don't have Panko.

    TIP: For best results, I try to use a rimmed baking sheet so the juices don't run off the cookie sheet.

    Nutrition Information:
    Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 76Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 379mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 0.5gSugar: 1gProtein: 4g

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    18 Comments

    1. Kelly @ Kelly Lynns Sweets and Treats says:

      Mmmm…these sound so good! Much better than fried! And the oven baked fries go perfectly with these chicken strips!!

      1. Julie Pollitt says:

        Thanks Kelly! I literally kept asking the kids if they were going to eat all of theirs!!

    2. Joanne @ No Plate Like Home says:

      I feel naturally drawn to this blog! lol I keep finding recipes on MPM that I like and they happen to be yours. I’m a wanna be southerner.
      These chicken strips are something I’d love!

      1. Julie Pollitt says:

        Hi Joanne! You’re so sweet and you made my day! You’re so cute! Thank you!! I think the chicken strips are one of my favorite recipes. They turned out so good and they were a cinch to make. If you make them, I hope you love them, too! Come back soon and visit!

    3. What can I use instead of mayonnaise?

      1. Julie Pollitt says:

        Hi Stella!

        You can use Greek yogurt, avocado, olive oil, pesto, or cottage cheese! Let me know if it turns out if you use one of these. I think the Greek yogurt or pesto sounds good.

        Have a good day!

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    6. I made this and it was simply delicious! What an awesome meal for the first time making chicken strips. Will definitely make these again. Yummly!

      1. Julie Pollitt says:

        Hi Greg! That’s great to hear! We eat them a lot here.

    7. Not able to see whole ingredient list like mayonnaise and mustard! How much? Like to cook this today but not the “chef” so need a little help. Thanks

      1. Julie Pollitt says:

        Hi Mia,

        Did you see the list at the bottom of the page? It has the exact ingredient. It’s one tablespoon of dijon mustard and one tablespoon of mayo. Let me know if you need more help!

    8. We usually deep fry chicken tenders but are trying to eat a little healthier. These baked chicken tenders were super crispy and so delicious, I will be making them like this from now on.

      1. Julie Pollitt says:

        So glad to hear!

    9. wilhelmina says:

      I love the breading on this chicken! It got rave reviews from the whole crew!

      1. Julie Pollitt says:

        That’s so great to hear!

    10. I loved how crispy this chicken got in the oven! It was such a great dinner!

      1. Julie Pollitt says:

        Thanks so much, Deb!