Chicken on a Stick

Kids love anything on a stick! Or so I've found. I would have never believed it before Kenya started eating solids, but it's true. Popsicles, corn dogs, shish kabobs....put it on a stick and watch what happens! It just makes eating so much more enjoyable for them.

For this chicken-on-a-stick recipe, I added a dipping sauce to increase the fun factor! Even better is that this recipe is totally healthy. When I brought them over recently to a play group Kenya goes to, the kids were yelling, "I want a chicken stick"! The funnier part was watching the parents craving a bite, but thinking it's wasn't good for their waistline. Not this version! It's low in fat and high in protein and fiber, especially if you use a wholesome cereal for the coating. The next time you want a super easy recipe for a party for kids and their parents or even just for a night at home, make this one and you'll have tons of happy tummies!

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Chicken on a Stick (Makes 8 Sticks)

Prep Time: 10 mins Cook Time: 18 mins

nut free

dairy free


  • 2 Cups cornflakes, whole wheat flakes or other flakey cereal
  • 1 Tsp kosher salt
  • 1 pound chicken tenders, remove white stringy tendon
  • 1 Cup buttermilk
  • 1 Pkg Popsicle Sticks
  • cooking oil spray


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

2. Place the cereal and salt in a zip lock bag and crush with a rolling pin OR place in a food processor until the size of breadcrumbs.

3. Pour the buttermilk in one bowl and the cereal in another.

4. Take the popsicle sticks and skewer the chicken tenders on to the sticks leaving a 1 inch handle.

5. Roll the chicken tenders in the buttermilk and then in the cereal, coating the chicken completely.

6. Line a sheet tray with foil and spray it with oil.

7. Place the chicken tender sticks on the sheet tray and lightly spray them with oil and cover stick handles with foil so they do not burn.

8. Bake for 16-18 minutes or until cooked through.

9. Serve with ranch dip

*After step 5 place chicken tenders on a sheet tray and freeze for 30 minutes. Transfer to a ziploc bag, label and freeze up to 4 months. When ready, follow steps 6-9 adding an additional 3-5 min cooking time (do not defrost).

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Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.

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  • Adina

    My 6 yr. old daughter and I made this together, which was a lot of fun for both of us. What a great alternative to store bought (overly processed w/ questionable ingredients) chicken nuggets! After eating, she triumphantly declared,\"Mom, this chicken was a success!\"
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  • Kristen

    How do you get the chicken on a popsicle stick? Do you first have to cut a starter hole in the chicken?

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    • Catherine

      Yes, cut a starter hole and then slide them in. These are such a hit with kids!!

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  • Jennifer

    Both my hubby (he is the picky eater in our family) and my son loved these! I used chicken breast and just cut it into strips. I will be making these again soon!

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  • Paul

    Great recipe!! Can you recommend a Dairy Free option for the buttermilk. Thank you!

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    • Diane

      one cup of rice milk, oat milk, or soy milk, and add 1 Tbls vinegar or lemon juice and let sit for a few minutes and use. I found it online a few months back. I use the rice milk and although it is thin, it still works. When you have to, you are more willing to improvise:). Enjoy!

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  • Nutritionfan

    Might be a silly question but when packing something like this in a lunch, do the kids eat them cold?

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  • Janine

    Just made these tonight. My picky 8 year old daughter gave them the thumbs up! Mine came out a little salty. Maybe I didn't mix the corn flake crumbs & salt well enough. It was 1 tsp of salt, right? Will definitely make again.

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  • Stephanie

    I made these last night and they are incredible! My husband and kids are going to love them. Also the ranch dip turned out amazing. I didn't realize it was possible to make ranch dip.

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    I'm making these right now, except I used rice krispies b/c we're out of corn flakes. :)

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