Crunchy Chicken Tenders with Herb-Buttermilk Dressing

Inspired by: Hot wings. Why it's better: Breast meat for lean protein, skinless for less fat.

  • Servings: 4
Crunchy Chicken Tenders with Herb-Buttermilk Dressing

Photography: Raymond Hom

Source: Whole Living, October 2010


For the Chicken

  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast, pounded to even thickness, cut into strips
  • 2 cups whole wheat breadcrumbs
  • Olive oil, for drizzling

For the Dressing

  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 3 tablespoons 2% Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoons chives, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

For Serving

  • 4 stalks celery, cut into sticks
  • 2 romaine hearts, quartered
  • Hot sauce to taste


  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with a wire rack. Combine buttermilk, mustard, salt, and cayenne in a nonreactive dish. Dip chicken in mixture and transfer to dish with breadcrumbs, pressing to coat. Transfer to baking sheet. Drizzle with oil. Bake until golden and chicken is cooked through, about 16 minutes. Season with salt.

  2. Meanwhile, combine buttermilk, yogurt, chives, and salt in a bowl for dressing. (Add 1 Tbsp. crumbled blue cheese, if desired.)

  3. Serve chicken with dressing, celery, romaine hearts, and hot sauce.


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