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Sunday, January 15, 2012

Kids Favorite Recipes - Chicken Tenders



  • 1 chicken breast, cut into strips
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups breadcrumbs
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  1. Whip up the 2 eggs in a small bowl so that the yolks and whites are mixed up.
  2. Pour the flour into its own small bowl
  3. Pour the breadcrumbs and seasoning into a separate bowl and mix them together.
  4. Coat each chicken strip in flour.
  5. Dip the flour-covered chicken strips into the egg, covering both sides.
  6. Cover the chicken strips in breadcrumbs by dipping the flour and egg covered strips into the seasoned breadcrumbs.
  7. Heat the olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat.
  8. Place the breaded chicken strips into the pan and cook in the hot oil for about 5 minutes.
  9. Turn the chicken strips over and cook for 5 minutes more.
  10. Remove the chicken tenders from the pan and allow them to cool slightly before serving.
Serving Suggestions
Chicken tenders taste great with dips such as:
  • BBQ sauce
  • Ketchup
  • Ranch dressing
  • Honey mustard
  • Steak sauce
  • Thousand Island dressing
  • Cheese sauce
  • Gravy
  • Tomato or marinara sauce
  • Alfredo sauce
Serve with side dishes such as:
  • Steamed vegetables
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • French fries
  • Sweet potato fries
  • Tater tots
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Pasta salad
  • Raw vegetables (carrots, cucumbers, broccoli, etc.)
  • Potato salad
Healthy Substitutions
Make your chicken tenders a little bit better for you with these healthier substitutions:
  • Whole wheat flour instead of white flour
  • 3 egg whites instead of 2 whole eggs
  • 1/2 cup egg substitute instead of eggs
  • Ground oats instead of breadcrumbs
  • Extra virgin olive oil instead of vegetable oil
  • Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes, instead of frying
Recipe Variations
Try out these yummy variations to give your chicken tenders a little extra kick!
  • Mix in 1/2 cup shredded cheese with the breadcrumbs. Cheddar and parmesan work well. This will give the chicken tenders added flavor and an extra crunchy texture.
  • Bread the chicken tenders with crushed crackers instead of breadcrumbs. Plain crackers, such as saltines, work best.
  • Experiment with different seasonings, other than Italian seasoning. Cayenne pepper will make the chicken tenders spicy, poultry seasoning will give them a more subtle taste.
  • Cut the chicken into little nuggets instead of strips. This will make it easier for little kids to eat them.
  • Bread and fry other meats or vegetables in the same way. Sturdy vegetables like eggplant work well.
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