Oven-Fried Chicken Fingers with Sriracha Dipping Sauce

Oven-Fried Chicken Fingers by 2sistersrecipes.com

Oven-Fried Chicken Fingers with Sriracha Dipping Sauce.  These are Tempura Chicken Fingers at their best! Boneless chicken tenders are smothered in buttermilk then rolled into a walnut-panko crumbs mixture and baked until the texture is crunchy and crispy.  Serve them with a spicy dipping sauce made with sriracha.  Simple, not fried, and delicious!

Sriracha is a tangy hot sauce often used in Thai and Vietnamese restaurants and can be found in all Asian food sections of supermarkets and grocery stores.

Oven-Fried Chicken Fingers with Sriracha Dipping Sauce. by 2sistersrecipes.com

My husband loves to order “tempura” at every Chinese or Thai restaurant we go to. When I made these, he was surprised to find out that they were baked rather than fried.

They were juicy and tender inside while crispy and crunchy on the outside.

The pink dipping sauce was a killer!

Prepared with a simple mixture made with sriracha, lime juice, soy sauce, and mayo gave it a real kick to it, making these chicken fingers totally addictive!

 

I simply used one package of chicken tenderloins, some buttermilk, panko breadcrumbs, and a handful of walnuts. Then coated each piece of chicken with buttermilk, and then coated each one again with panko-walnut breadcrumb mixture.

Next, pop them into the oven and bake.

This dish was literally effortless because the chicken already comes in strips, and the batter for coating is only the buttermilk.  No eggs and NO frying is the best part!

Just pop them in the oven and bake for about 10 to 12 minutes per side. Dinner or even an appetizer comes together in a matter of minutes!

Oven-Fried Chicken Fingers with Sriracha Dipping Sauce. by 2sistersrecipes.com

What if you don’t have buttermilk on hand?  

Try whisking 1/4 cup of whole milk with 3/4 cup plain yogurt, or 1/4 cup of milk with 3/4 cup of sour cream. 

Either one will give the chicken a creamy coating it needs before they go into the panko breadcrumb mixture.

You can adjust the heat intensity of the dipping sauce to your liking.  Keep in mind, sriracha sauce may be too spicy for the little ones, it might be best to serve these Tempura-style chicken fingers with their favorite sauce, like ketchup!

 

Oven-Fried Chicken Fingers with Sriracha Dipping Sauce. by 2sistersrecipes.com

These Tempura-style oven-fried chicken fingers turned out really well, not oily or greasy. 

I would definitely make these again using the chicken tenders because they help cut the time in the prep work, and they make the perfect size to serve them as finger-food appetizers.

Chicken fingers are fun to serve family and friends any time, especially during the game season, which is all year long! 

Cheers!!

 

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Ingredients for Oven-Fried Chicken Fingers with Sriracha

  • 1 pound boneless chicken tenders, rinsed

  • 1/2 cup low-fat buttermilk

  • 1+ 1/2 cups panko bread crumbs

  • 1/8 tsp. garlic powder

  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt

  • fresh black pepper to taste

  • 1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts

  • 1 pound of boneless chicken tenders

  • olive oil cooking spray

Sriracha Dipping Sauce

  • 5 Tbsp. light mayonnaise

  • 1 tsp. rice vinegar

  • 2 tsp. lime juice

  • 2 tsp. Sriracha sauce

  • 1 tsp. low-sodium soy sauce

  • optional: 1 to 2 drops sesame seed oil

Preheat oven to 425 degrees (218C).  Lightly spray a baking sheet with cooking oil.  Set aside.
Pour buttermilk into a shallow bowl. 
In a second shallow bowl, combine panko crumbs, salt, garlic powder, and walnuts.

Dip each chicken tender into the buttermilk and coat both sides.
Then dip into the panko mixture and coat both sides evenly.

Arrange coated chicken tenders on the (already prepared) baking sheet.
BAKE for 10 to 12 minutes on each side, until golden brown.

In a small bowl, mix all the ingredients listed for the Sriracha dipping sauce.
Transfer to a small dipping bowl, and serve alongside chicken fingers.

Serves 4 to 5

 

 

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Yield: 4 to 5 servings

Oven-Fried Chicken Fingers with Sriracha Dipping Sauce

Oven-Fried Chicken Fingers with Sriracha Dipping Sauce

Boneless chicken tenders are smothered in buttermilk then rolled into a walnut-panko crumbs mixture and baked until the texture is crunchy and crispy. Serve them with a spicy dipping sauce made with sriracha.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 pound boneless chicken tenders, rinsed
  • 1/2 cup low-fat buttermilk
  • 1+ 1/2 cups panko bread crumbs
  • 1/8 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • fresh black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 1 pound of boneless chicken tenders
  • olive oil cooking spray

Sriracha Dipping Sauce

  • 5 Tbsp. light mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp. rice vinegar
  • 2 tsp. lime juice
  • 2 tsp. Sriracha sauce
  • 1 tsp. low-sodium soy sauce
  • optional: 1 to 2 drops sesame seed oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Lightly spray a baking sheet with cooking oil. Set aside.
  2. Pour buttermilk into a shallow bowl.
  3. In a second shallow bowl, combine panko crumbs, salt, garlic powder, and walnuts.
  4. Dip each chicken tender into the buttermilk and coat both sides.
  5. Then dip into the panko mixture and coat both sides evenly.
  6. Arrange coated chicken tenders on the (already prepared) baking sheet.
  7. BAKE for 10 to 12 minutes on each side, until golden brown.
  8. In a small bowl, mix all the ingredients listed for the Sriracha dipping sauce.
  9. Transfer to a small dipping bowl, and serve alongside chicken fingers.
  10. Serves 4 to 5

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  1. My youngest would eat chicken tenders for every meal, given the opportunity. I'm sharing this recipe with him in hopes that he'll make them for dinner one night this week! Love the crunch of the panko and nuts, and I also love that they're baked instead of fried.