Chicken Tender Trio

That empty feeling you've been wrestling with? That's all behind you now.

Another game day favorite relies on some culinary short cuts to keep your hunger in check and you out of the kitchen. Thomas’ infamous faux-wings bring us fondly back  to our Wings Over Ithaca days (or late nights  more accurately). Nothing beats a good chicken finger and with a few well-doctored sauces you get to customize your favorite flavors in the same time you’d spend waiting for delivery.

Equipment Needed: Baking Sheet, Aluminum Foil, 4 Small Mixing Bowls, Fork,  Spoon, Chef’s Knife, Cutting Board

Serving Suggestion: Family Style

Servings: 6

Suggested Wine Pairing: Beer.

Suggested Beer Pairing: Whatever’s cold.


  • 3-1.5 lb bags of breaded chicken tenders ($9.99/bag)
  • 5 oz blue cheese ($6.99/lb)
  • 1 lemon ($0.50/each)
  • 1 C mayonnaise ($3.99/15 oz)
  • 2 C BBQ sauce (about $4/18 oz)
  • 2 TBSP Cajun seasoning (about $3/2.5 oz)
  • 2 TBSP white vinegar ($1.99/32 oz)
  • 3 TBSP apple cider vinegar, divided ($2.79/32 oz)
  • 2 TBSP low-fat sour cream, divided ($2.79/16 oz)
  • 2/3 C yellow mustard ($1.99/8 oz)
  • 1/4 C honey ($4/12 oz)
  • 1 C low-fat buttermilk ($2.19/QT)
  • 1 C Frank’s Red Hot ($2.89/12 oz)
  • 5 TBSP unsalted butter ($4.99/lb)
  • 1/2 TSP garlic powder ($1.99/2.5 oz jar)
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Chicken Preparation:

  • Preheat the oven per the cooking instructions on the chicken tenders. Taking your foil, create 3 distinct sections on the baking sheet with sides high enough to keep the sauces from mixing.
  • Put even amounts of chicken in each section and cook for the minimum time recommended (usually 15-20 minutes). Once cooked, cover with the sauces listed below or get crazy and create your own. Pop those saucy suckers back in the oven for another 5-10 minutes. Serve with any desired dippers.

Pop the tenders back in the oven once their sauced to finish things off nicely.

Cajun BBQ Sauce Preparation:

  • Combine 2 C of your favorite BBQ sauce with 2 TBSP Cajun seasoning, 1 TBSP apple cider vinegar and 1 TBSP sour cream. Stir until thoroughly mixed.

Try different sauce and spice combinations to create new favorites

Honey Mustard Sauce Preparation:

  • Combine 1 C mayo, 2/3 C mustard, 2 TBSP apple cider vinegar, 1/4 C honey, and 1 TBSP fresh ground pepper. Stir thoroughly.

Keep things sweet with a liberal dose of bee juice.

Buffalo Sauce Preparation:

  • Microwave 5 TBSP butter and stir in 1 C Frank’s Red Hot and 1 TBSP sour cream. Mix thoroughly.

Were it socially acceptable, we would bathe in this.

Blue Cheese Dressing Preparation:

  • Combine 1 C sour cream, 1 C buttermilk, 5 oz blue cheese, 3 TBSP white vinegar, 1-2 TBSP lemon juice, 1 TBSP fresh ground pepper, 1/2 TSP garlic powder, and a pinch of salt. Whisk briskly and adjust the flavors to taste.

Buttermilk is all that is good and right with this dressing.

Oh, right, there's blue cheese. That's pretty good and right too.

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