I’ve said it before, but Mr. How Sweet could eat the exact same thing everyday for the rest of his life.

This was the case before I entered his life and led him into the light.

I still have visions of plain ground turkey and stinky egg whites dancing in my head.

I love getting feedback from my recipes.

Whenever I make something new, I grill Mr. How Sweet for about 10 minutes.

I won’t lie – it drives me crazy that he is a man of few words. Except when I want to talk about myself. Which is all the time.

The honey ginger chicken nuggets and buffalo chicken fingers have been such a hit in our house, that I couldn’t wait to try a new combination.

Many evenings, conversations in our house go as follows:

Mr. How Sweet takes a bite, and before he has chewed 4 times I am asking, ‘is it good?’

Uh huh,’ he says with a mouthful of food, eyes glued to the TV.

Uh huh? Well is it really good? Do you love it?’

Yes, it’s really good,‘ still staring at some terrible show on horse racing.

‘Is it better than the last time I made it? It is hot enough? Crispy enough?’

‘I don’t remember what I ate for lunch, let alone the last time you made this. It’s good.’

‘But, it’s just good? Not great? Is it better than ground turkey?’

‘It’s very good! But. . .I really love ground turkey.’

‘Well. . .is it one of the best meals I’ve ever made?’

‘It’s pretty good. But I really liked that crispy, sweet and sour chicken you made.’

‘Wait. I made sweet and sour chicken that wasn’t crispy AND I made crispy ginger chicken. Which one do you mean?’


This is about the time that Mr. How Sweet picks up his plate and moves to a different location.

I have no idea why he would do that.

Truth be told, the safest place for him is in the coat closet. I’m afraid that there are monsters in there.

Crispy BBQ Chicken Fingers

1-2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken tenders

2 cups lowfat buttermilk

1/4 cup bbq sauce

2 cups panko bread crumbs

1/4 cup whole wheat flour

2 tablespoons McCormick’s BBQ Seasoning

1 teaspoon sea salt

1 teaspoon garlic powder

Combine buttermilk and BBQ sauce in a baking dish. Add chicken to buttermilk. Marinate for 2 hours or overnight.

Preheat oven to 450.

Combine panko, BBQ seasoning, garlic powder, 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 10-12 minutes, flip, coat with cooking spray, and bake for another 10-15 minutes.

When finished, brush with BBQ sauce.

These chicken fingers definitely rank up there with the honey ginger chicken.

But don’t ask Mr. How Sweet.

He will just tell you that they are. . .good.

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97 Responses to “Crispy BBQ Chicken Fingers.”

  1. #
    Jessica — May 12, 2010 @ 5:06 am

    Only you can make me laugh out loud to a post about chicken.
    Thanks, Jessica! :)


  2. #
    Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly — May 12, 2010 @ 5:15 am

    Those looks good…the southern gal in me is ready to make them and them dip them in honey! Ah…goodness!


  3. #
    Wei-Wei — May 12, 2010 @ 5:34 am

    This cracked me up! I always love feedback about the food that I make… sadly, I seem to care way more than other people. :P



  4. #
    Megan — May 12, 2010 @ 5:36 am

    Another recipe to use up the rest of my buttermilk!

    I do that to my fiance whenever I try a new recipe. It drives him nuts!
    “How is it?”
    “I’m eating it aren’t I?”
    “Well, you could just be really hungry. Is it good?”
    “Should I make it again?”
    “Yes.Yes.Yes! Quit asking me”
    “I just wanted to know if it was good….”


  5. #
    Ally @ Sweet & Savory — May 12, 2010 @ 5:40 am

    Holy yum!


  6. #
    Erica — May 12, 2010 @ 5:42 am

    hahahhahahhaha- I have this SAME conversation with Josh. Its even funnier when its meat because I obviously don’t eat it….so I feel the need to REALLY grill him. Like come on, you’re the only opinion I have here…work with me. The chicken looks like it turned out PERFECT ;)


  7. #
    Sana — May 12, 2010 @ 5:43 am

    Oh men! Food is the way to a man’s heart and you are all over that :)! I hope I can be as great of a wife as you are someday…. I will have have takeout places on speed dial!


  8. #
    Kim @ LEO the lion says GER — May 12, 2010 @ 5:47 am

    You should just make him something horrible and see what he has to say about that.


  9. #
    Allie (Protein Girl) — May 12, 2010 @ 5:52 am

    I actually spent some time searching your site last night so I could read excerpts aloud to my husband-currently sporting a goatee-about the moustache debacle. Frickin’ hilarious.


  10. #
    Sarah Jayne — May 12, 2010 @ 5:58 am

    Ohhhhhhh boy. I grill my bf too!! And you hit one of my favorite questions-“is this the beat thing I’ve ever made??”…or, if I’m overreacting to his facial expressions- “is this the worst thing I’ve ever made?!?”

    But really- how can you go wrong with crispy, juicy, dippable chicken?? Yum!


  11. #
    megan — May 12, 2010 @ 6:09 am

    hahaha i love it! I totally do that to my husband too. But if he doesn’t rate it high enough, I get sad, and it’s a rough cycle, so now he’s wary of rating things.


  12. #
    Rabbit Runner — May 12, 2010 @ 6:10 am

    I love chicken fingers so this is right up my ally!! of course BBQ sauce makes the perfect condiment :) your so talented girl!


  13. #
    Kristy — May 12, 2010 @ 6:28 am

    Thank you for confirming that my house is not the only place where this conversation takes place regularly. ;-)


  14. #
    brandi — May 12, 2010 @ 6:34 am

    Ha, we have the same conversation all the time!!! I try SO hard to just wait to see what he says about dinner, but he often doesn’t…so I always ask. I’ve been trying not to, but it’s tough!


  15. #
    Nicole @ making good choices — May 12, 2010 @ 6:36 am

    You are so not alone with this, I go through the same round of questioning almost every night. I need to buy panko, what have I been waiting for??!


  16. #
    DessertForTwo — May 12, 2010 @ 6:38 am

    I do the same thing to my honey when I make new recipes! I have to though because sometimes he’ll be eating something that it’s just ‘okay.’ In my mind, he gobbled it up, but in his mind, it was too sweet or not chocolate-y enough, etc. Men!


  17. #
    Nicole, RD — May 12, 2010 @ 6:53 am

    Sounds like our conversation everything! Mr. Prevention goes, “DOES EVERYTHING HAVE TO BE THE BEST THING EVER? I just won’t be honest if you don’t want to hear what I think!” *eye roll*

    The chicken looks delicious! We loved the ginger chicken tender pieces! Mmmm!


  18. #
    Lauren @ Dragonflies Journey — May 12, 2010 @ 7:00 am

    Do you find it hard to cook for you husband since he has such specific tastes? My husband is the same way and I feel someone self-conscious cooking things that I would love and that are healthy because while my husband is health conscious, he’s also a creature of habit and would enjoy a box of cereal with half a gallon of milk for dinner. Or frozen french bread pizzas.


    • Jessica — May 12th, 2010 @ 7:02 am

      No, Mr. How Sweet doesn’t have specific tastes. He will literally eat anything (except fast food or junk) that has meat in it. I can make all sorts of things and just add meat!


  19. #
    Becca — May 12, 2010 @ 7:08 am

    Mmm these look FABULOUS! I am printing them out, will have to try this recipe FOR SURE!


  20. #
    Stephanie @ Per l'Amore del Cibo — May 12, 2010 @ 7:15 am

    You’re too funny. I think we should just make a script for the Mr.’s in our life…that would probably make us much happier than trying to judge how good something is based on their response, don’t you think?


  21. #
    Heather (Heather's Dish) — May 12, 2010 @ 7:26 am

    oh how i love crispy chicken! i’m thinking i might make these tonight and put them in a wrap with veggies (gasp!) and couscous :)


  22. #

    I love that everything always looks so good and is always made in a healthy way. It’s like having your cake and eating it too.


  23. #
    Jordan — May 12, 2010 @ 7:38 am

    I love this- I do the SAME thing. Kinda like this…

    “So… ‘good’? That’s what you’re going with? Oh, really good? Well whatever, I know when you think something’s good because you make all those noises and eye rolls and start swearing about how ‘this is sooo m-f-ing awesome’ so I’m on to you. What could be different? What could make this eye roll worthy? No! I don’t mean roll your eyes at me! Come on now! Eh forget it, I think it’s awesome (mutters to self)…”

    I need to give chicken a chance again, it’s been months and I think this would be a good way to get back in the poultry game.


  24. #
    Rose in Ohio (@RoseMillsOhio) — May 12, 2010 @ 7:49 am

    Thanks for the chuckles! So, so typical of men. It didn’t take me long to identify my husband’s code words for disliking something: “Well, I wouldn’t say it’s my favorite (fill in the blank) you’ve ever made.” That’s as close as he’ll get to dissing anything. (Unless, of course, I’ve made dumplings. For some reason, dumplings of any kind horribly offend my husband, and he’s not afraid to voice his disapproval. Poor guy—the rest of us love dumplings!)


  25. #
    Marina — May 12, 2010 @ 7:57 am

    I am exactly the same, I keep bugging him about how good it is, if it has enough spices, is it blah, is it “insert anything”. If he doesn’t say on his own that it’s tasty, I immediately think it’s awful :D
    This chicken fingers look absolutely amazing btw!


  26. #
    Yum Yucky — May 12, 2010 @ 8:05 am

    I’m all over this one.


  27. #
    Kacy — May 12, 2010 @ 8:09 am

    Lol, men. I can totally picture that whole scene. You’re good with dialogue Jess!


  28. #
    Diane {createdbydiane.blogspot.com} — May 12, 2010 @ 8:22 am

    They look really crunchy and good :)


  29. #
    Tracey — May 12, 2010 @ 8:27 am

    Yet another one of your dishes I will have to try making! So far everything I’ve made of yours has tasted WONDERFUL!!! Keep them coming!


    • Jessica — May 12th, 2010 @ 9:00 am

      Thank you so, so much. :)


  30. #
    Ashley — May 12, 2010 @ 8:27 am

    Freaking awesome!! LOL I do the same to Chris but don’t take it quiiiiite as far ;) Maybe I’ll try making this with tempeh….mmmm


  31. #
    Jennifurla — May 12, 2010 @ 8:35 am

    I wish I wish, I had those for my lunch


  32. #
    Mr. How Sweet It Is — May 12, 2010 @ 8:37 am

    Darling wifey,

    I believe you perfectly captured the magic of every conversation we have had relating to your cooking. It’s good. It’s not bad. It doesn’t get much simpler than that. As long as the chicken isn’t dry or you try to serve me a dinner that involves nachos, I’m all in. (I’m just not a nachos fan unless I’m at a Pens game.)

    Remember, this is the guy that lists “orange” as one of his favorite flavors. And scents.

    As far as my favorite meals that you make (as opposed to the meals my wife in another state -you know, the one with all the kids – makes), these chicken tender variations are awesome and I love your pizza. I could eat those every day. Except for the days you make steak.


  33. #
    Sara — May 12, 2010 @ 8:41 am

    Ha ha, our dinner conversations are very similar. This chicken fingers look great. I’m sure my hubby will love them.


  34. #
    Eunice — May 12, 2010 @ 8:45 am

    Gah! My bf is the same way. “Do you like it?!” “Uh-huh..” “Is it good???!” “Yeeeeeep”. He would be just as content with scrambled eggs covered in ketchup.

    Those chicken fingers are on my list this week. Gotta get panko crumbs!


  35. #
    Madeline - Greens and Jeans — May 12, 2010 @ 8:49 am

    This must be a guy thing because my boyfriend is the exact same way! “It’s good babe.” That’s all I get????


  36. #
    Allison — May 12, 2010 @ 9:25 am

    These look amazing! And I have the exact same problem with my boyfriend. I just wish he could articulate what he means instead of just nodding his head and saying “It’s good.” Oh boys.


  37. #
    Estela @ Weekly Bite — May 12, 2010 @ 9:31 am

    These look delicious! My husband would LOVE these :)

    I think Marin would too :)


  38. #
    Kara — May 12, 2010 @ 9:44 am

    I just came across your blog and saw amazing looking cupcakes (header) and then delicious looking chicken fingers! Loving your blog already! Seriously though, those chicken fingers look wonderful. I’m tempted to try them out!


    • Jessica — May 12th, 2010 @ 9:47 am

      Thanks! Glad you found me. ;)


  39. #
    homecookedem — May 12, 2010 @ 9:46 am

    Oh goodness, I want those chicken fingers!! I’ve had a serious craving for some chicken fingers this week. I need to make these ASAP!


  40. #
    Jenn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) — May 12, 2010 @ 10:04 am

    These are going on my “must make soon” list!! I’m sure my hubby will love them. If he doesn’t, he better lie. :D



  41. #
    Jil — May 12, 2010 @ 10:24 am

    Mmm these sound fabulous. I love discovering something that works and then tweaking it to make a ton of amazing recipes!!!


  42. #
    Blond Duck — May 12, 2010 @ 10:27 am

    This really intrigues me. I’ve never seen buttermilk and bbq seasoning combined like that!

    And I know the pain of grunts and shrugs all to well….


  43. #
    One Healthy Apple — May 12, 2010 @ 10:34 am

    Amazing recipe, Jessica. I’m making this, but of course not exactly like you because I can’t follow a recipe and because I am missing 1/4 of the ingredients :)

    I love that Mr How Sweet comments- it’s so cute- but in a manly horse show watching way.

    My husband doesn’t go into the details either. He calls foods by their most elementary names- I’ll make him cashew crusted halibut, risotto, and wilted spinach and he tells me ‘the fish and rice stuff was good’- it’s an epidemic!


  44. #
    Heather — May 12, 2010 @ 10:42 am

    i have a solution.
    cook for me.
    lets review

    you know i am wordy.
    you know i like to use descriptive words. and that i would adjective the heck out of any dish that you made.

    now that i think about it, there should really be another “ad” word for food. Like how adjectives describe nouns and adverbs describe verbs. I mean, i know that food items are nouns, but really, food deserves it’s own kind of vocabulary of descriptives- don’t you agree.

    im going to be thinking about this all day, you know.
    this and chicken fingers.
    and those coconut blondies which i’ve still yet to make.
    and perhaps also the kiwi manga salsa stuff.
    and baconnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn.

    seriously. now i have questions. (im sure this shocks you)
    do you buy the same kind of bacon every time?
    how do you feel about turkey bacon?
    have you had veggie/faux bacon?
    have you had any artisan/butcher bacon?
    [my coworker, Z, only buys bacon from one butcher/smoke shop and i am kind of afraid to buy it bc i fear i will turn into mr. how sweet and ONLY eat that one thing for the remainder of my life.]

    also. i am currently sitting in one of those chairs that massages your back for you.
    i may never get up.


    • Jessica — May 12th, 2010 @ 11:01 am

      I really love applewood smoked bacon (I forget the brand I buy) and up until recently I had been buying that. A few weeks ago I found nitrate-free bacon at Whole Foods, and it is also delicious, so I will continue to buy that. I like thick cuts.

      Turkey bacon – have had it, don’t love it. The nutritional stats are not THAT different to make me eat it over regular bacon.

      Faux bacon – no way. I see no point in eating fake food, period (besides protein powder). I love food too much to eat fake versions of it. Plus, I avoid soy because I have hypothyroidism, and most is made with soy.

      What is this artisan/butcher bacon you speak of? It sounds like it would lead to a life everlasting.


  45. #
    Natalie (The Sweets Life) — May 12, 2010 @ 10:54 am

    hahaha loved this post as it describes conversations between my husband and i PERFECTLY!


  46. #
    Katrina — May 12, 2010 @ 11:01 am

    These look SO GOOD! haha Mr. Sweet sounds like my boyfriend. Only when he actually answers “I liked the last thing you made better”, I get mad. Girls are funny.


  47. #
    Holly — May 12, 2010 @ 11:04 am

    YUMMMM! Another recipe to add to my ‘must make’ collection :)


  48. #
    Naomi (onefitfoodie) — May 12, 2010 @ 11:24 am

    haha my mom always used to do that to my family…when she would cook something out of the ordniary and ask how it is a million times! we all would say wow this is great or ‘meh, not one of your best’ then she would get upset if it wasnt 100% perfect…I mean she asked our opinions, right?!

    i think these would be PHENOMENAL!! mr how sweet is so lucky to have you!!


  49. #
    Katalina @ GreenLivingNewYork — May 12, 2010 @ 11:45 am

    just came across your blog, so nice and interesting, I have started mine yesterday so I am kind of a new comer :) loved your chicken recipe, I will make this for my fiance. Thank you!


  50. #
    Helen — May 12, 2010 @ 12:18 pm

    Lol I love it! When I make something new or even that I’ve cooked before I grill my bf too and am never satisfied if the answer is just ‘it’s good’! I obsess too much and ask a lot of questions, so much that he is often finished way before me and I’m still chomping away! I love your writing style and you always make me laugh!



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