Buffalo Chicken Fingers

I'm super behind in documenting some kitchen adventures. And even though I haven't officially committed to 52 new recipes in 2013 ... I've already got quite a handful under my belt.

Last weekend alone, this is what I made:
- Buffalo Chicken Tenders
- English Muffins
- Deviled Eggs
- Shepherd's Pie
- Apple Charlotte

Some things took a lot of time ... and somethings took no time ... like these Buffalo Chicken fingers.

I'm a huge fan of buffalo chicken - especially when it comes with a side of chunky blue cheese. It's the perfect "it's been a long week" food to accompany some "clean out the DVR" action. Yep, I'm just that cool.

Making buffalo chicken fits right in there with making things that I love to buy. While making this on your own takes a few minutes more than buying it, the benefit is that this chicken isn't fried. It's baked.  Ten points there. And, if the weather is terrible you also don't have to leave the house. One million points for that advantage.

So here's how it goes.
(Step 1) Preheat the oven to 400 F. This comes together quick enough that this really is the first step. Also, lightly grease a baking sheet.

(Step 2) This is a three step process. You need one plastic bag and two bowls. In a plastic bag, mix together the flour, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, and salt. In one bowl, mix up the egg and a tablespoon of buffalo sauce. In the last bowl, mix up the panko flakes and a teaspoon of cayenne pepper.

(Step 3) Cut your chicken to the size you want. I like mine to be in smaller size tenders so that's the size I went with. Use your judgement. But if you are hungry, cut them into smaller sizes since bigger takes longer to cook. That's science.

(Step 4) Shake the chicken pieces with the seasoned flour. Then dip them in the egg wash. Then roll them in the panko flakes. Then place them on the baking sheet. Do each piece individually. Sorry, but you really can't rush this part. Womp womp.

(Step 5) Bake the chicken in the preheated oven. Depending on the size of your chicken, it cooks for about 20 minutes. Feel free to flip your tenders half way through it you want. I didn't. I was busy putting on sweatpants.

(Step 6) After the chicken comes out of the oven, drizzle it with additional buffalo sauce. When I googled this part, some people cut the buffalo sauce with melted butter before covering the chicken. While it was quite delicious, if you are looking to make this healthier ... skip the melted butter and just drizzle the chicken with sauce.

(Step 7) Enjoy.


Shopping List
Chicken Business
4 chicken breasts
1/4 cup of flour
2 t cayenne pepper (1t for flour mixture, 1t for panko crumbs)
1 c panko crumbs
1/2 t salt
1 t garlic powder
2 eggs
1 t buffalo sauce for egg mixture

Sauce Business
2 T melted butter
1/4 c buffalo sauce

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