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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

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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.

Can You Fry Chicken Strips From Frozen?

It is recommended that you thaw chicken strips before frying.

When you fry a frozen strip, the exterior is going to overcook before the interior is thawed.

Are Chicken Strips and Chicken Tenders the Same Thing?

Chicken fingers, chicken tenders, and chicken strips, are different names for the same thing.

They are usually cut from both sides of the breast bone just underneath the breast meat.

How Long Will Chicken Strips Keep?

Properly stored, cooked chicken strips will keep about 2 days in the refrigerator.

They should be wrapped in plastic or stored in an airtight bag.

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Dirty Birds

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4
panko chicken strips (never used Panko? You should! ) with a BBQ-Bacon-Cheddar dipping sauce that will blow your mind.


For the Strips

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

BBQ Bacon Cheddar Dipping Sauce

  • 2 Oz American Cheese Processed
  • 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 Bacon chopped


For the Chicken

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

For the Sauce

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


Left overs can be stored in a covered container in the refrigerator.
Nutrition Facts
Dirty Birds
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 353 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 93mg31%
Sodium 1098mg48%
Potassium 531mg15%
Carbohydrates 21g7%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 29g58%
Vitamin A 295IU6%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 189mg19%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Cade and Carrian have three children and love to spend time together whether it’s vacationing or snuggled up on the couch for a good movie.

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  • 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 =)

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    • Kentucky! So fun, I’m dying to visit someday.

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

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  • That dipping sauce sounds really good!

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    • Thanks, Kevin! I could definitely bathe in it. 😉

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      • Sauce was amazing but my grated cheddar cheese wouldn’t melt…. Microwaved it for over 2 minutes on low heat then kept it in a pyrex dish on my keep warm burner for over half hour until needed. Any helpful hints as I want to use this sauce for burgers for a large crowd

      • Great question, Carolyn! You want processed American cheese like Velveeta or Kraft singles. That will melt and stay creamy.

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

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

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

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

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    • Thanks Alaina!! It’s all of my faves as well.

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

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    • Exactly, who cares about the game it’s the food that matters!

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