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Parmesan Chicken Fingers

Buttermilk is a key ingredient in both the zesty marinade and creamy dipping sauce for this finger-lickin’ family favorite. Thanks to our Test Kitchen for one fast-fixing, crowd-pleasing recipe any mom would love! Serve a green salad with the chicken and use leftover buttermilk dipping sauce as a dressing.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. + marinating Bake: 15 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 1-1/4 cups buttermilk, divided
  • 3/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 1 pound chicken tenderloins
  • 5 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs


  • In a large resealable plastic bag, combine 1/2 cup buttermilk and pepper sauce; add chicken. Seal bag and turn to coat; refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • For dipping sauce, in a small bowl, combine 2 tablespoons cheese, mayonnaise, sour cream, lemon juice, onion powder, garlic powder and remaining buttermilk until blended. Cover and refrigerate until serving.
  • In another resealable plastic bag, combine bread crumbs and remaining cheese. Drain and discard marinade. Add chicken to crumb mixture; seal bag and shake to coat.
  • Place chicken in a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake at 450° for 15 minutes or until no longer pink. Serve with dipping sauce.
Nutrition Facts
4 each: 334 calories, 14g fat (3g saturated fat), 83mg cholesterol, 595mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 1g fiber), 33g protein.

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  • lmmanda
    Jan 9, 2015

    I did not make the dipping sauce for these cuz I knew no one in my family would eat it. I just made the tenders themselves. We thought they were very bland. If I make them again, I will add some extra seasoning to them.

  • sonyahohl
    Mar 2, 2014

    This is such an quick & easy recipe! My entire family loved it, including my picky teenager...They asked for it again tonight & I just made it Friday!

  • kshea
    Jun 20, 2012

    I would make the dipping sauce again as it was good. The chicken was very tender because of the buttermilk, however, they had little taste and were not crispy at all,

  • jen k
    Jun 15, 2012

    I make these all the time, very easy and delicious, love the dipping sauce. Whole family loves these.

  • beckie76
    Jun 2, 2012

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  • jwagner2401
    Feb 20, 2010

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  • jsqui002
    Feb 16, 2010

    didn't get as crispy as I would've liked...maybe I didn't cook them quite long enough or put too much breadcrumbs?

  • edachauer
    Aug 22, 2007

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  • Heidi
    Jul 30, 2007

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