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!


Chicken on a Stick

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Servings: 3 servings
Author: Catherine McCord
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 2 cups cornflakes, whole wheat flakes or other flakey cereal
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 pound chicken tenders, remove white stringy tendon
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 package popsicle sticks
  • cooking oil spray


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • 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.
  • Pour the buttermilk in one bowl and the cereal in another.
  • Take the popsicle sticks and skewer the chicken tenders on to the sticks leaving a 1 inch handle.
  • Roll the chicken tenders in the buttermilk and then in the cereal, coating the chicken completely. Press down lightly to adhere the cornflakes to the chicken.
  • Line a sheet tray with foil and spray it with oil.
  • 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.
  • Bake for 16-18 minutes or until cooked through.
  • Serve with ranch dip or other favorite dipping sauce.
  • *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).


Sodium: 440mg | Sugar: 2g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Calories: 110kcal | Fat: 2g | Protein: 14g | Carbohydrates: 8g
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About the Author

Catherine is a 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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  2. I’m making these right now, except I used rice krispies b/c we’re out of corn flakes. 🙂

  3. 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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  5. 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.

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

  7. 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!

  8. 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!

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

  10. 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!”
    This site is a gem for anyone who is conscious about what they feed their kids, and needs some creative ideas. I visit it daily since I found it! Thank you!

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