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Smokey Southern Oven Fried Chicken over Buttermilk Caesar Salad and Smokey Southern Deviled Eggs

Updated: Jan 7, 2022

Crisp & Fresh

By: Pam Smith, RDN

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Smokey Southern Oven Fried Chicken

Yields: 4 Servings


  • 1 cup buttermilk

  • 1/2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce (like Tabasco or Cholula)

  • 2 tablespoons P.S. Flavor!™ Smokey Southern, plus additional for garnish

  • 1/2 teaspoon P.S. Flavor!™ Creole Kitchen

  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil

  • 7 cups romaine hearts, shredded

  • 5 cups kale, shredded

  • Buttermilk Caesar Dressing, recipe follows

  • 1 pint grape tomatoes

  • 2 ounces shaved Parmesan

  • 2 ounces Wheat Garlic Toast Croutons, recipe follows

  • Deviled Eggs, recipe follows


  1. Whisk together buttermilk, lemon juice, hot sauce, and 1 tablespoon P.S. Flavor!™ Smokey Southern.

  2. Place 3 cups corn flakes, remaining 1 tablespoon P.S. Flavor!™ Smokey Southern, and 1/2 teaspoon P.S. Flavor!™ Creole Kitchen in a large gallon zip top plastic bag and use rolling pin to crush to crumbs.

  3. Dip chicken tenders in buttermilk mixture, and then place each piece into the plastic bag, 3 tenders at a time, seal and shake until each piece is evenly coated. Alternatively, place crumbs on tray and roll pieces in crumbs to evenly coat. Place coated pieces on a prepared rack sprayed evenly with cooking spray.

  4. Bake in a preheated 375 degree F oven for 14 minutes (until the coating crisps and browns and an instant-read thermometer inserted registers 160 degrees).

  5. When ready to serve, toss shredded romaine and kale with Buttermilk Caesar Dressing. Evenly divide among 4 large salad bowls or plates. Place grape tomatoes on top of salad and evenly sprinkle with Parmesan and Wheat Garlic Toast Croutons.

  6. Place 2 deviled eggs in center of bowl and place chicken tenders on greens, just below the eggs. Garnish with P.S. Flavor!™ Smokey Southern.

Wheat Garlic Toast Croutons


  • 4 slices multigrain bread

  • 2 teaspoons P.S. Flavor!™ Smokey Southern

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil


  1. Slice multigrain bread into cubes. Toss with olive oil and seasoning. Spread evenly on a baking sheet.

  2. Bake at 375 degrees F for 8 minutes until browned. Let cool and store in an airtight container.

Buttermilk Caesar Dressing


  • 2/3 cup quality shredded Parmesan cheese

  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice

  • 4 small fresh garlic cloves, minced

  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

  • 2 tablespoons anchovy paste

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

  • 1/2 cup buttermilk

  • 2/3 cup plain 0% fat Greek yogurt

  • 1/2 teaspoon P.S. Flavor!™ Creole Kitchen


  1. In the bowl of a food processor, add cheese, lemon juice, garlic cloves, mustard and anchovy paste. Pulse for 30 seconds.

  2. Add the oil, buttermilk, yogurt and seasoning; pulse for another 30 seconds. Chill until ready to use.



BONUS: Smokey Southern Deviled Eggs


  • 12 large eggs

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil mayonnaise

  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

  • 1 tablespoon sweet pickle relish

  • 1 teaspoon P.S. Flavor!™ Creole Kitchen

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons hot sauce (like Tabasco or Cholula)

  • P.S. Flavor!™ Smokey Southern, for garnish


  1. Place the eggs in a large sauce pan just large enough to hold them in a single layer. Add enough cold water to cover by 1-inch.

  2. Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce the heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes. Drain carefully and rinse under cold water. When cool enough to handle, but still warm, peel the eggs. Cool completely.

  3. Cut each egg in half lengthwise. Remove the yolks and place in a medium bowl. Add the mayonnaise, mustard, and sweet relish. Mash with fork and mix well (until smooth).

  4. Season to taste with P.S. Flavor!™ Creole Kitchen and hot sauce.

  5. Either spoon the filling into the hollows of the egg whites, or get fancy and transfer the yolk mixture to a pastry or zip top plastic bag with a cut 1⁄2-inch opening and squeeze the yolk mixture into the egg whites.

  6. Sprinkle the filling with P.S.Flavor!™ Smokey Southern.

  7. Cover and refrigerate until chilled. Makes 24 deviled eggs.


Grocery List

MEAT 12 chicken tenders (1 1/4 lbs.)

PRODUCE 3 lemons 7 oz. package Romaine hearts 5 oz. package Kale 1 pint grape tomatoes 4 small fresh garlic cloves

DAIRY 12 oz. buttermilk Parmesan cheese, shredded Plain Greek yogurt 12 large eggs

CHECK YOUR PANTRY FOR Tabasco or Cholula hot sauce Extra virgin olive oil 3 cups Corn Flakes 4 slices multigrain bread Dijon mustard Anchovy paste

P.S. FLAVOR!™ SPICES Smokey Southern Creole Kitchen


Prep Sheet


Measuring cups and spoons Cutting board Chef’s knife Whisk Spatula Potholder 2 medium bowls Gallon ziplock bag Rolling pin (optional) Cooling rack Meat thermometer Citrus squeezer (optional) 1-2 baking sheet pans Food processor fitted with steel blade Large saucepan with lid Fork for mashing Pastry or quart ziplock bag (optional) Tasting spoons 4 large salad bowlsor plates

PRE-PREPPED INGREDIENTS 12 chicken tenders (fat removed, patted dry) 7 ounces or 7 cups romaine lettuce (shredded) 5 ounces or 5 cups kale (shredded) 1 pint grape tomatoes (washed) 4 slices multi-grain bread (cubed) 4 small garlic cloves (minced)

INGREDIENTS TO HAVE READY 1 1/2 cups buttermilk 3 lemons 2 1/2 teaspoons hot sauce (like Tabasco or Cholula) 3 tablespoons P.S. Flavor!™ Smokey Southern 2 teaspoons P.S. Flavor!™ Creole Kitchen 3 cups Corn Flakes Non-stick cooking spray 5 tablespoons olive oil 1/4 cup Dijon mustard 2 tablespoons anchovy paste 2/3 cup plain 0% fat Greek yogurt 8 ounces (1 cup) shredded Parmesan cheese 12 large eggs 3 tablespoons olive oil mayonnaise 1 tablespoon sweet pickle relish


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