Baked Buffalo Chicken Tenders

530 Baked Buffalo Chicken Tenders | windykitchen

Have we discussed celebrity crushes on here before? I love learning who people’s celebrity crushes are. Mainly because there’s never any clear consensus. The Internet sure seems to love that Ryan Gosling guy, but I don’t know of any real-life people who are all googly-eyed over him.

[Side note – did you see this article about how we should stop anthropomorphizing the Internet? I don’t buy it]

Anyway, if we haven’t discussed celebrity crushes before, then I probably haven’t told you all about my longstanding love and affection for NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams. There’s no close second in my book. You can keep your Efrons, your Tatums, your Gyllenhaals…my heart belongs to B-Dub.

Now, I don’t feel the need to defend my choice, or even convince you how great BW is. But just for fun, how about we enjoy some of his best work, OK?

Here’s him rapping to Rapper’s Delight.

And here’s him doing Baby Got Back.

And here’s him blowing my flippin’ mind by demonstrating his impressive knowledge of this season of the Bachelorette.

Pretty great.

Also great? These buffalo chicken tenders. B-tenders for B-Dub. Assuming I don’t eat them all first.

BAKED BUFFALO CHICKEN TENDERS (slightly adapted from Stephanie Cooks)

1 lb chicken tenders
3/4 cup flour
1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
pinch of garlic powder
pinch of paprika
generous pinches salt and pepperpinch cayenne pepper (optional, if you like things spicy)
2 eggs, beaten
3/4 cup Frank’s Red Hot Sauce (or your favorite hot wing sauce)

1. Preheat oven to 450. In a large ziploc bag, combine the flour, panko, parmesan cheese, and seasonings. SeSal bag and shake well to combine.
2. Pat chicken tenders dry, then dip them in egg mixture. Working in batches, add tenders to ziploc bag. Seal bag and shake until tenders are thoroughly coated.
3. Lay chicken tenders in single layer on cookie sheet that’s been coated with oil or nonstick spray. Bake 5 minutes, then carefully flip tenders with spatula and bake another 5 minutes.
4. Remove tenders from oven and place in large bowl. Cover with wing sauce and toss until evenly coated. Return to baking sheet and bake an additional 5 minutes, or until tenders reach 160 degrees.

Spicy, delicious, and great-smelling…

Just like Brian Williams.


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