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Dirty Birds BBQ Bacon Cheddar Chicken Fingers and Dipping sauce


Dudes, this sauce with crunchy Panko chicken fingers, good mercy. It’s so good it’s seriously almost wrong. It’s not healthy, not even a little bit which is why the chicken fingers are baked. It kinda balances it out, right? No? Well whatever. Let’s break it down, panko chicken strips (never used Panko? You should! ) with a BBQ-Bacon-Cheddar dipping sauce that will blow your mind.


Dirty Birds BBQ Bacon Cheddar Chicken Fingers and Dipping sauce

BBQ Bacon Cheddar Sauce ohsweetbasil.com

I’ll be completely honest, I am all about the juicy, cheesy, greasy foods at a Super Bowl party. I mean, clearly I love for there to be healthy options, I don’t want to feel nasty when it’s all over, but I do want to have something packed with cheese and bacon. This definitely fulfills every Super Bowl snacking need. Something crunchy, saucy, cheesy and bacon-y. And it comes together in a snap. Put it in a bowl, melt it, whisk it, dip it, bake it.  Booyah, baby!!!


Dirty Birds BBQ Bacon Cheddar Chicken Fingers and Dipping sauce



Oh, and don’t worry if you don’t think chicken strips are enough, there’s also Fajita Burgers, Tillamook Bacon Cheeseburger, and a Sonoran Dog. Gosh, I love all of those, and strangely enough the Sonoran the most.

Dirty Birds

Dirty Birds


For the Strips

  • 9 Chicken Tenders
  • 1 Cup Panko Bread Crumbs
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt and pepper

BBQ Bacon Cheddar Dipping Sauce

  • 2 Oz Processed American Cheese
  • 2 Tablespoons Mayonnaise
  • 1/3 Cup BBQ Sauce (Sweet Baby Ray’s is awesome)
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Chili Powder
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1-2 Slices of Bacon, chopped


For the Chicken

  1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees
  2. Place the panko in a shallow bowl and add the salt and pepper.
  3. Mix and then dip each chicken tender in the panko, pressing the crumbs to the meat.
  4. Place on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil.
  5. Bake for 20-30 minutes or until baked through.

For the Sauce

  1. Combine the mayo, bbq sauce, chili powder, garlic powder and cheese in a microwave safe bowl.
  2. Heat for 20 second increments and stir in between until smooth.
  3. Serve immediately with crumbled bacon on top.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 1 recipe, Serving Size: 1

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 4519 Calories
  • Total Fat: 269.8g
  • Cholesterol: 632.6mg
  • Carbohydrates: 292.3g
  • Fiber: 18.6g
  • Sugar: 39.2g
  • Protein: 223.6g
All images and text ©Carrian Cheney for Oh Sweet Basil.


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Carrian Cheney

Lover of all things beautiful, good and delicious. Wife, mother, friend, foodie.

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13 comments on “Dirty Birds”

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  2. The sauce alone sells me on this! Maybe, being from Kentucky, I’d have to splash in a little bourbon to make it more like home – but I’m sure I could do without it too =)

  3. I love the chicken tenders, and the sauce just takes it totally over the top!!

  4. That dipping sauce sounds really good!

  5. I love panko, I always use it over traditional breadcrumbs. Like the idea of baking the chicken as well. Thanks for the post.

  6. Forget the chicken strips, I’ll take a bowl of dip and a spoon.

  7. Umm how ’bout you make these again and then have me over for din din!! LOOKS so good!! Have fun at Alt!

  8. oh my. I just want to guzzle that sauce! It entails all my favorite things! This looks flippin’ scrumptious!

  9. I don’t even like football…but I’d watch the game just to eat that!