Delicious, crispy and packed with flavor these Baked Buffalo Chicken Tenders are quick and easy, making a great dinner or game time snack.

Move over chicken wings, these Baked Buffalo Chicken Tenders are even better. Baked to perfection and coated in traditional buffalo sauce they are full of heat and have a crispy outer shell made of Corn Flakes cereal and bread crumbs. Not only are these chicken tenders healthier but tastier too.

Baked buffalo chicken tenders being dipped in dip


Baked Buffalo Chicken Tenders


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My family loves making baked chicken tenders for dinner or as a game day snack. We have made a few versions with a variety of dipping sauces, including honey garlic, ranch and salsa. Honestly, these baked chicken tenders are great served plain, without any sauce at all!

Baked buffalo chicken tenders on a plate. One has dip and a bite taken out

The only other game day treat that beats the chicken tenders are chicken wings. Now let me be frank, I hate chicken wings with a passion. Not because I don’t like them but because of the mess my kids make eating them. Like full on mess on their faces, table and anything and everything they touch.

When I asked the kids why they liked my chicken wings better than the chicken tenders it all came down to the sauce, buffalo sauce that is. As soon as I found this out I immediately made these Baked Buffalo Chicken Tenders. Not only did I avoid any and all mess on their faces and fingers, these baked chicken tenders are healthier.

Baked chicken tenders on a sheet pan

What I love about these Baked Buffalo Chicken Tenders the most is how much they impress company that we have over. They are always oohing and aahing over these chicken tenders.

I think that the crispy outer coating made of Corn Flakes cereal and panko bread crumbs is a surprise. The key to still making these crunchy even after being dunked in sauce, is cooking them a second time on broil. You could easily serve these chicken tenders on the sticky side, but who wants messy fingers running around their house? Not me.

Baked buffalo chicken tenders on a plate

My hubs love these Baked Buffalo Chicken Tenders because of the heat. They make a beautiful game day appetizer too! Serve with ranch or blue cheese dressing and of course some carrot or celery sticks and not only are these mouthwatering delicious, these Baked Buffalo Chicken Tenders are easy to make.

So the next time you want to order or bake up some buffalo wings, try these Baked Buffalo Chicken Tenders instead. Not only will they be a real crowd pleaser but are guaranteed to make your monthly dinner menu.

Enjoy! XOXO San

Baked buffalo chicken tenders on a plate with veggies and dip

My favorite kitchen items to make this recipe for Baked Buffalo Chicken Tenders are below. 

SHEET PAN: I love using a larger sheet pan while cooking because I am feeding my family of seven. I love aluminium for when I do sheet pan meals. I would start with this 13 by 18 half sheet pan. I love these pans so much that I have 9!

MIXING BOWLS: I love having a variety of sizes of mixing bowls. From small to large, I find that having at least 3 bowls of different sizes has been an essential in my kitchen. I prefer Pyrex because of the durability

MEASURING CUPS: Nothing beats a good set of measuring cups that last a long time. I love metal measuring cups because of their durability.

MEASURING SPOONS: I have to have a metal set of measuring spoons on hand. The plastic ones just don’t last long in our house thanks in large part to the garbage disposal.

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Baked buffalo chicken tenders being dipped in dip
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Baked Buffalo Chicken Tenders

Delicious, crispy and packed with flavor these Baked Buffalo Chicken Tenders are quick and easy, making a great dinner or game time snack.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 15 Servings


  • 12-15 chicken tenders strips
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 6 cups Corn Flakes cereal
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup milk
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • 1-2 tablespoons Frank's Red Hot Original Seasoning
  • 1 ½ cups Buffalo Sauce


  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  • On a large baking sheet, place a wire rack. Spray the rack with cooking oil and set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl add 6 cups of Corn Flakes cereal. Using your hands crush up the Corn Flakes (You could add the Corn Flakes to a large Ziploc bag, seal and crush using a rolling pin.)
  • In a large mixing bowl combine panko bread crumbs and Corn Flakes.
  • In a medium mixing bowl combine the eggs and milk and whisk together until well combined, set aside.
  • In another medium mixing bowl combine flour, salt, garlic powder, pepper, ginger, paprika and the Frank's Red Hot Original Seasoning.
  • Add chicken tenders, one at a time, to flour mixture and toss until evenly coated.
  • Remove from flour, gently shaking to remove excess flour, then dip into egg/milk mixture, let the excess mixture drip off.
  • Add chicken tender to corn flakes/panko mixture, toss to coat, and press the mixture on the chicken (I like to squeeze the chicken tender, wrapping the mixture around it, making sure each tender is heavily coated with no bare spots)
  • Place chicken tender on prepared baking rack and sheet. Repeat until all chicken tenders are breaded.
  • Place in oven and bake for 20 minutes.
  • Remove from oven. Using tongs dip each tender into the Buffalo Sauce, coating evenly. Gently shake off the extra sauce and return to baking rack. Continue for remaining tenders.
  • Place the pan back in the oven on the middle rack and turn oven to broil and cook for 5 minutes. Flip each tender and cook 5 minutes more (this allows the chicken tenders to get a crispy outer shell)
  • Serve immediately with a side of ranch or blue cheese and some veggies. Yum!


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Nutrition Information

Serving: 1g | Calories: 138kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 1160mg | Potassium: 202mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 290IU | Vitamin C: 3.5mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 4mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American

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  1. Help! I am wanting to make this TONIGHT! Step 13 says ‘place chicken back into oven and turn oven to….’ To what?? Thank you!

    1. Hi Kasey, sorry we missed your comment. Hopefully these turned out delicious for you! To get that crispy coating, you will want to turn the oven up to broil but pay careful attention to the tenders so they don’t burn!

      1. They turned out perfectly, thank you! Very delicious! My husband and I figured out that is was broil, sorry for freaking out! haha All of your recipes are absolutely wonderful, and I find it so rare that I love multiple recipes from the same person so thank you!! (:

  2. 5 stars
    These Baked Buffalo Chicken Tenders were everything and more than you said. They were very crunchy and really delicious! I will make these again and again. I did use an egg substitute and 1% milk to cut down on the fat, since my hubby is a heart patient. But these tasted just as good as any of the fried chicken tenders I’ve had anywhere. Thanks.

    1. 5 stars
      I used the crunchy coating mix again tonight, only for fish fillets. And instead of the flour/egg/corn flake mixture, I first coated the fish with a mixture of tangy mayo, Parmesan cheese, dried dill and lemon pepper. Then coated them with the corn flake mixture. Placed them on a baking dish lined with foil and sprayed with Pam. And baked them on the bottom shelf of the oven at 350° F for 25 minutes. My husband said these were “really” good. Thanks again for the coating recipe. It’s a winner.

        1. 5 stars
          As you can see, I love the crunchy topping on chicken and fish. But the other night I sprinkled the crunchy topping on my mac ‘n cheese before I baked. It was delicious! Thanks again for a great recipe.