Friday, February 3

Adult Friendly Kid Fare Baked Chicken Tenders

Baked Chicken tenders are a staple of our household dinner rotation. We eat them at least once a month and are always experimenting with their flavor. About a month ago we finally settled on a standard three step process, which creates a balance between tender moist insides and a tangy crisp outside.

The greatest thing about chicken bites is they are a favorite of the kids, but have an appeal for the adults. Give them a try at your next birthday party, celebration, or family dinner.

This recipe courtesy of L.C. my kitchen counterpart.

Serves 4 (but easily doubles for large batches)
Full time: 1 hour
You will need:

1 1/2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
3/4 cup seasoned panko bread crumbs, or 1/4 cup Italian bread crumbs and 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
1/2 cup grated cheese
2 tbsp butter, melted
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tsp white pepper
2 tsp paprika
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1/4 tsp salt

Optional: 1/2 cup agave nectar or honey

Let us begin:

Preheat your oven to 350

Line a baking sheet with alumin foil and set aside for a moment

Cut you chicken breasts width wise into strips 1/2" wide, if you want more of a nugget size cut these strips in half

In a small bowl combine the melted nutter and olive oil, set aside for a moment

In a medium bowl combine all you dry ingredients

To create a nice coating on the outside, roll one piece of chicken around in the butter/oil bowl

Now move it into the bread crumb bowl and roll around to fully coat

Lay piece on your baking sheet, continue until all chicken is coated and ready to go

Bake in oven for 30-45 depending on chicken thickness or until chicken has reached proper temp of 180

Remove from oven and gently drizzle with optional agave or honey if desired.

If not drizzling just plate up and serve to a crowd of smiling faces and happy taste buds!