These oven-baked buttermilk chicken strips are a healthier alternative to fast food or frozen chicken nuggets for the kids!

Oven-Baked Buttermilk Chicken Strips

  • Author: The Cooking Jar
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 35 mins
  • Yield: 18-20 strips 1x


  • 3 lb. chicken tenders
  • 2 1/2 cups Italian bread crumbs/panko bread crumbs
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Olive oil spray


  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Combine the marinade ingredients
  2. Marinate the chicken tenders in the fridge for 30 minutes
  3. Over medium high heat, toast the bread crumbs for 5 minutes until golden brown. Stir constantly. Once brown, remove from heat and season with salt and pepper to taste or any other seasonings you prefer (garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, sage, Italian seasoning etc)
  4. Using tongs, shake any excess marinade from chicken tenders and dredge through bread crumbs. Pat in any excess bread crumbs
  5. Grease two baking sheets and start lining up your chicken, spacing them evenly
  6. Spray your chicken tenders with olive oil spray
  7. Bake at 375 degrees F for 15 minutes or until chicken is cooked through
  8. Let it sit for awhile until breading has settled


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