Chicken Strips with Spicy Blue Cheese Dressing

Pair this fiery entree with cool, crunchy carrot and celery sticks.

Chicken Strips with Spicy Blue Cheese Dressing


  •   1/2 cup low-fat buttermilk
    •   1/2 t. hot sauce
      •   1/2 cup all purpose flour
        •   1/2 t. paprika
          •   1/2 t. ground red pepper
            •   1/2 t. freshly ground black pepper
              •   1/4 t. salt
                •   1 pound chicken breast tenders
                  •   1 t. canola oil


                    •   1/2 cup fat-free mayonnaise
                      •   1/4 cup (1 ounce) crumbled blue cheese
                        •   1 t. red wine vinegar
                          •   1 t. Enrico Formella Chopped Garlic
                            •   1/4 t. salt
                              •   1/4 t. freshly ground black pepper
                                •   1/4 cup of Enrico Formella Hot Giardiniera

                                  To prepare chicken, combine buttermilk and hot sauce in a shallow dish. Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine flour and next 4 ingredients (through salt) in a shallow dish. Dip chicken in buttermilk mixture, and dredge chicken in flour mixture. 

                                  Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken; cook 4 minutes on each side or until done. Remove from pan. Set aside, and keep warm. 

                                  While chicken cooks, prepare the dressing. Combine fat-free mayonnaise and next 6 ingredients (through giardiniera) in a small bowl. Serve with chicken strips. 

                                  Yield: 4 servings (serving size: about 3 chicken tenders and 2 tablespoons dressing)

                                  Chopped Garlic

                                  No more peeling. No more mincing. Our chopped garlic is from fresh garlic cloves and marinated in soybean oil. This gourmet condiment can be used with anything a cook would add garlic to. Everything is better with a little (or a lot of) garlic added.

                                  Hot Giardiniera

                                  This is a “pepper and vegetable mix” recipe that has been in the Formella family for over 100 years. It’s great on sandwiches, pizzas, pastas, soups, sauces, salads, chili, and more.