Panko Buffalo Chicken Tenders with Blue Cheese Dip

These juicy and flavorful boneless baked Buffalo tenders are the perfect alternative to traditional wings. The secret to their crispiness is a buttery spiced coating of panko. Serve them with additional hot sauce so guests can turn up the heat according to their taste!

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Yield: ~24 tenders

Ingredients

      Blue Cheese Dip

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2/3 cup blue cheese, crumbled
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper

      Buffalo Chicken Tenders

  • 1 1/2 cups mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup hot sauce (such as Crystal or Frank's)
  • 1/2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 3 lbs chicken tenders, trimmed

       Panko Coating

  • 5 cups panko bread crumbs
  • 1/3 cup barbecue spice seasoning (available in spice aisle of supermarket)
  • 1 TB kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 5 TB unsalted butter

Instructions

To Make Blue Cheese Dip

Whisk all ingredients together and store, refrigerated for up to 3 days prior to use.

To Make Chicken Tenders

Whisk together mayonnaise, hot sauce, and cayenne pepper in a large bowl. Add chicken and marinate at least 15 minutes or overnight (refrigerated). Toss together panko, salt, pepper, and BBQ seasoning in a large bowl. Melt butter in a large skillet and toss in panko, stirring frequently, until toasted. Remove to a shallow pan and cool.

When ready to cook, arrange 2 baking racks on foil lined cookie sheets and preheat oven to 400 degrees. Coat each tender in panko, place on rack (leaving space between tenders), and cook in oven for 12-15 minutes or until cooked through. Repeat with 2nd batch of tenders on same baking sheets. Serve warm with additional hot sauce and Blue Cheese dip.

Notes

To speed game-day prep: make the Blue Cheese dip up to 3 days before, marinate the chicken tenders overnight and prepare the spiced-toasted panko breadcrumbs the day before. Coat the tenders in panko just before baking. These are easy to prepare with little to no heat as well. Simply leave the cayenne pepper and hot sauce out of preparation instructions. You can also prepare these as buffalo chicken nuggets. Just cut the tenders into thirds and bake for a few minutes less.