Mr. How Sweet is always begging for ‘healthy’ chicken fingers.

The key is crispiness. The chicken has to be crispy and crunchy and good for the heart.

And here, we have clue #27 that shows how Mr. How Sweet’s actions resemble those of a child: I must decipher the phrase ‘I want healthy chicken fingers,’ to mean that they ‘must be healthy, yet taste like chicken that has been battered and deep fried. That is the only way I will eat them. ‘


Mission accomplished.

Inspiration from this dish came from Active Foodie’s buffalo chicken strips, which Mr. How Sweet requests almost every single weekend.

I am telling you – the man would eat the exact same thing forever if I was not around.

The chicken tenders are super tasty, but they take a lot of patience – it takes a while to coat each chicken tender with breading. Patience I do not have.

It would not take as long if Mr. How Sweet didn’t require 16 tenders per feast.


I knew that Mr. How Sweet really loved ginger, so I thought this would be the perfect treat for him. Honey and ginger are such a delicious combination.

The ginger offers a slight tang to the chicken, while the honey makes it a bit sweet.


Crispy Honey Ginger Chicken

1 lb boneless, skinless chicken tenders

2 cups lowfat buttermilk

1/4 cup honey

2 cups panko bread crumbs

1/4 cup whole wheat flour

2 tablespoons ground ginger

1 teaspoon seasoned salt

2 teaspoons garlic powder

Combine buttermilk, honey, 1 tablespoon ginger and 1 teaspoon garlic powder in a baking dish. Cup chicken tenders in half or thirds and add to buttermilk. Marinate for 2 hours or overnight.

Preheat oven to 450.

Combine panko, ginger, garlic, seasoned salt, and flour in a large bowl. Coat chicken pieces in panko mix, then lay on a wire rack sitting on a baking sheet. Continue with remaining chicken pieces. Spray each pieces with cooking spray or olive oil.

Bake for 10 minutes, flip, coat with cooking spray, and bake for another 10-15 minutes.

When finished, drizzle honey over chicken pieces.



I made Mr. How Sweet almost 50 chicken tenders this weekend. He wanted 7 for each lunch this week. Does that sound insane?

It is my life. Everyday.


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89 Responses to “Crispy Honey-Ginger Chicken.”

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    Katie — April 26, 2010 @ 6:36 pm

    Oh my gosh, I have to make these for my fried-chicken-loving-husband. I hope he doesn’t ask me for 50…I don’t think I’m capable of that. Thanks for the recipe!


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    Those are pretty fabulous looking. They look really crispy.


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    Courtney @ Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life — April 26, 2010 @ 6:55 pm

    Those chicken tenders look amazing! My husband would LOVE those!


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    Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) — April 26, 2010 @ 8:42 pm

    the coating looks so light and fluffy! yum!

    as for me..girl it’s been a day where i have.not.stopped
    thx for the modeling agency props and i was gonna tell you this morning and then 17 other real estate things were blowing up and skylar and it was just a scene and i didnt even have time til posted.

    and thx for your email.. yes young and transparent. and doenst make sense. I dont get it either.

    And I so wish you could come to my show too! I can see too where working in an office now vs a gym then…where you’d get ansty and just wanna scream!



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    janetha b — April 26, 2010 @ 9:00 pm



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    marla {family fresh cooking} — April 26, 2010 @ 9:08 pm

    Love the addition of ginger in this crispy chicken. When can you start cooking for us?? xo


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    Julie — April 26, 2010 @ 9:14 pm

    These look crunchy and awesome!


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    Shannon @ — April 26, 2010 @ 10:01 pm

    This is genious! I hve been making my “healthy” crispy chicken strips for Mr Bake & Bloom with a polenta coating but this looks much better. Thanks a million


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    Shannon @ — April 26, 2010 @ 10:01 pm

    P.S what is it with men & chicken strips..they just love them it is insane!


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    Joanna Sutter (Fitness & Spice) — April 27, 2010 @ 3:44 am

    Mr. How Sweet is the luckiest man on the planet!


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    Amanda — April 27, 2010 @ 9:33 am

    This looks really great girl!



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    kate — April 27, 2010 @ 3:11 pm

    Haha! I love that you made 50 of them! My boyfriend would eat Ramen Noodles everyday if he could.


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    Jessica — April 27, 2010 @ 3:16 pm

    This looks really delicious! I always make chicken tenders from scratch and this was a great new idea. Mine are marinating right now!


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    Avanika (Yumsilicious Bakes) — April 28, 2010 @ 12:00 pm

    Oh these look sinful! I don’t usually read savoury posts, let alone comment, so I hope you understand how good these look to me, and how grateful I would be if you sent some over!


    • Jessica — April 28th, 2010 @ 12:05 pm

      Thank so much. :) It means a lot to me that you’re reading and commenting!


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    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — April 28, 2010 @ 12:56 pm

    Wow… I wish I had seen this post about 1 hour earlier so I could have made this for dinner. Now I’m running low on time and we will be stuck with leftovers! There’s always tomorrow…


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    Jessica @ The Process of Healing — April 29, 2010 @ 6:12 pm

    I made this tonight, SO GOOD!!!!


    • Jessica — April 29th, 2010 @ 11:30 pm

      SO glad you liked this! :)


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    Sarah — May 12, 2010 @ 9:32 pm

    Wow, these were awesome. We tried them last week when I saw the recipe.Tonight I gave a friend the choice between these and the BBQ chicken fingers (for tomorrow night) and he chose the Honey/Ginger so we’ll be having these again tomorrow night.

    These are such an easy and great/fast recipe, I really hope people try them.

    I gave this recipe to a bunch of my coworkers because they have children with egg allergies and it’s very rare but SO GREAT that a chicken tenders recipe calls for buttermilk instead of a eggs. It’s such a great substitution on so many levels. Nice work Jessica :)


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    Laura — October 15, 2011 @ 3:38 pm

    What is the dipping sauce you have next to the tenders?


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    Becca — January 25, 2012 @ 7:54 pm

    I just made these for dinner, and they were amazing! So easy to throw together, too. Thanks for the recipe.


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    Mary — May 3, 2012 @ 2:53 pm

    Oh my…it sounds like my fiance and your hubby are kindred spirits. He would eat chicken EVERY DAY if I was not around. I’ve made him expand his horizons a bit, but your chicken recipes always work out well for us! :-)


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    Jamie — January 9, 2013 @ 4:54 pm

    I just made these for dinner and everyone, including the kids, loved them!! Thanks for the recipe!


    • Jamie — January 21st, 2013 @ 5:51 pm

      I also wanted to add that tonight I am going to attempt a similar version but with shrimp! Thanks for the inspiration!



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