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Spicy Baked Chicken Strips

Photo by By FotoosVanRobin from Netherlands

These are a healthy and delicious alternative to buffalo wings. Perfect for watching the big game. Serve with Blue Cheese Dip for a tasty combo.


Cut chicken breasts into strips. Put strips in a medium or large bowl and stir in buttermilk to coat, plus 2-3 Tablespoons of the Tabasco. Marinate in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Mix paprika, cayenne, pepper, garlic powder, salt, onion powder, and crumbs.

Place flour, egg whites, and crumb mixture in separate wide-bottom bowls or plates. Dip chicken strips into flour, then egg whites, then crumbs. Coat well.

Tip: Use tongs to dip the chicken strips, otherwise you'll end up with batter all over your fingers!

Lightly coat baking sheet with non-stick spray. Arrange chicken strips in a single layer, then spray tops of strips with nonstick spray (to help brown the strips). Bake 15-20 minutes, turning once.

Transfer to a platter and drizzle with remaining Tabasco. Serve with Blue Cheese Dip.


  • 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup low-fat buttermilk
  • 4 Tbsp. Tabasco
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 2 egg whites, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup cracker crumbs
  • 1 Tbsp. paprika
  • 1 Tbsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • Non-stick cooking spray