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Jalapeno Cheddar Baked Chicken Strips

You can’t beat these quick and easy chicken strips, packed with flavor and flash baked to lock in all the moist, tender lean chicken. And the jalapeno nacho flavor doesn’t hurt either!Jalapeno Cheddar Baked Chicken Strips -

Going back to work after a vacation or a long weekend is always hard. Going on vacation is easy, but coming back? Not as easy. I love coming home and always depend on easy recipes to help me get back into the swing of things. That’s why I always go the Comfort Food Route when I’m in a pinch, and chicken strips always top the list.

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As much as I love vacations, it’s nice to come home – especially when it’s to a 90 pound bouncing lab! But I love looking back and reliving my fun experiences, like the one that I had in Miami at BlogHer Food and with my friends at Kernel Season’s!

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Cassie, Jasmin and I had a blast making it rain seasoning at the conference, sharing out love of these flavor shakers! We had some great blogging friends get in on it, too! BHF is like a yearly reunion for bloggers to learn, talk and share experiences together. And we lived it up, as you do when you’re in Miami. You always apparently dodge tornados!! I had no idea that we would be right in the middle of a torrential thunder and lightening storm with tornado touchdown!

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Once Mother Nature relented, we made sure to maximize our time in Miami, doing what food bloggers do – eating! We made sure to stop at some of the best that Miami had to offer, including at the top rated fried chicken restaurant, Yardbird. I’m still dreaming of my Pear-a-Gansett below! Then there was our Cuban Chicken dinner from Havana 1957. Can anyone ship that to me directly?

Kernel Season's BHF Miami Food.jpgThese trips are as much about work as they are about being with friends.  We work hard in our every day lives, and even though we joke about making friends on the internet, we have all developed some very true and lasting friendships. Even if our mother’s warned us to never trust a person behind a computer screen. See Mom, they are REAL!!

Kernel Season's BHG Miami South Beach

And in amongst the sessions, the learning, the laughs and the food – we even made it to the beach.

If you  want to see more of my trip – catch up on my Instagram Feed! And for even more fun, catch up on some of our other shenanigans with Cassie’s Recap. Oh, did I not mention our 90’s Elevator Dance Parties? Yeah, we had those too!

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Jalapeno Cheddar Baked Chicken Strips

Yield: 12 Chicken Strips

Prep Time: 20 Minutes

Cook Time: 12 Minutes

Total Time: 22 Minutes

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2 Large Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts

2 Eggs

2 Tbsp Milk

2/3 cup Flour

1/2 tsp Salt

1/4 tsp Pepper

1/4 tsp Garlic Powder

3 Tbsp Kernel Seasons Jalapeno Cheddar Seasoning, divided

1 cup Panko

1 Tbsp Olive Oil

1/2 cup Mexican Crema or Sour Cream

1/4 cup Cilantro, chopped




Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In a non-stick pan, heat olive oil. Add in panko crumbs and coat panko in oil. Toast until golden brown, stirring often. Remove from heat and pour into a shallow dish. Set aside.

In another shallow dish, whisk together flour, salt, pepper, garlic powder and 2 Tbsp Kernel Seasons Cheddar Jalapeno Seasoning. In a third shallow dish, whisk together milk and eggs. Set aside.

Cut two chicken breasts into 12 strips. Using the back of a spoon, or a mallet, pound the strips into even thickness. Dredge each piece of chicken into the flour mixture, then the egg mixture, and finally into the panko mix - coating them all evenly. Place them on a non-stick baking sheet. Place into the oven and bake for 10-12 minutes until the panko is golden brown. Remove from oven.

While the chicken is in the oven, whisk together the Mexican crema, or sour cream, cilantro and remaining tablespoon of Kernel Season's Cheddar Jalapeno Seasoning. When chicken is done, remove from oven and dip into sauce for serving.

*My trip to Miami was sponsored by Kernel Season’s. All opinions are my own.


22 Responses to “Jalapeno Cheddar Baked Chicken Strips”

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    Kathryn — May 27, 2014 @ 5:59 am

    It looks like you guys had a great time in Miami! One day, I hope to join you at one of this parties…I mean conferences ; )

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    Cassie — May 27, 2014 @ 6:02 am

    Elevator dance parties will never be topped. Love you girl! So fun to spend time with you!!

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    Melissa Belanger — May 27, 2014 @ 6:15 am

    I’m so glad you had such a great time in Miami! The food looks unreal. I’m totally jealous! Anyway, the chicken tenders sound fantastic. What’s better than a fun, spicy play on chicken strips? The addition of a cilantro dipping sauce! Yum.

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    Gaby — May 27, 2014 @ 6:44 am

    Looks like a blast in Miami and I love these chicken strips!

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    Matt Robinson — May 27, 2014 @ 6:49 am

    My boys would go crazy for the chicken strips!!

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    Cookin Canuck — May 27, 2014 @ 9:06 am

    It looks as though you had a fantastic time in Miami! Love the jalapeño/cheddar flare of these chicken strips.

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    naomi — May 27, 2014 @ 9:07 am

    Love that these are baked and not fried.

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    Jennifer Farley — May 27, 2014 @ 9:35 am

    These sound amazing! What a great flavor combo 🙂

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    Kate @ Diethood — May 27, 2014 @ 12:36 pm

    These chicken strips look downright perfect!

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    Carol at Wild Goose Tea — May 27, 2014 @ 1:21 pm

    Wow wild time in Miami. Rock on. Don’t let merely being home stop the fun. Baked chicken strips are awesome. Chicken strips are always popular with everyone. These looks like a tasty version.

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    Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps — May 27, 2014 @ 2:46 pm

    These look so delish and CRISPY!! So sad I missed the conference this year! It looks like you had a blast and had some awesome food!

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    Marie @ Little Kitchie — May 27, 2014 @ 3:05 pm


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    Jennie @themessybakerblog — May 27, 2014 @ 5:17 pm

    Lock in that moisture, baby! These look amazing. I love that you made it rain seasoning. Pinned.

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    Danae @ Recipe Runner — May 27, 2014 @ 6:30 pm

    Looks like you all had a great time in Miami despite crazy weather to start the conference! I’m loving these chicken strips and the dipping sauce looks awesome!

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    Tieghan — May 27, 2014 @ 8:30 pm

    Miami looks like a blast!! Sometime soon I will make it to a conference! 🙂

    Love these chicken strips!!

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    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — May 28, 2014 @ 5:42 am

    You know that I had a blast with you in Miami and I love the extra popcorn swag.

    Our family loves baked chicken strips and these are definitely getting added to our weekly rotation.

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    Karly — May 28, 2014 @ 8:05 am

    So sad I missed Miami. Would have loved to have seen you again!

    And this chicken? OMG.

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    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — May 28, 2014 @ 8:22 am

    LET’S GO BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Also, these tenders make me think of Shake and Bake, but 50 bazillion times better!! xoxo

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    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — May 29, 2014 @ 6:12 am

    It looks like you girls had a blast! Next year… it’s on!

    These strips look positively amazing… I want them all!

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    Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction — May 29, 2014 @ 7:29 am

    Perfect, easy comfort food! Love the jalapeno cheddar flavor!

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    Carla | Carla's Confections — May 30, 2014 @ 9:05 am

    OMGoodness I am dying ever these!! I wish it was lunchtime already!

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    bev @ bevcooks — June 16, 2014 @ 7:49 am

    Goodness me those look deeevaaaahn.

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