Friday, February 26, 2010

Crunchy, Oven Baked Chicken Tenders

I wanted a healthier version of "fried" chicken tenders, and my DB and I both loved this chicken! We've tried other baked "fried" chicken recipes, but they have turned out bland and not as crunchy as we had hoped. This is now my go-to recipe. We were both surprised by the sweetness of the product but ultimately loved the flavor. We also loved the combination of the crushed corn flakes and the Japanese panko breadcrumbs. It had the texture of deep-fried chicken but without all the guilt as it is low in fat, high in lean protein, and prepared in a healthy manner. I definitely recommend using panko breadcrumbs, which has a coarser texture than regular breadcrumbs and can be easily found at larger grocery stores and Asian supermarkets.
This is a Rachael Ray recipe specially to make with children, so invite your young loved one and have some fun in the kitchen!

Crunch, Oven Baked Chicken Tenders
1 cup corn flakes
1 cup Panko breadcrumbs
2 Tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp ground allspice
3 Tbsp vegetable oil
1-1/2 pounds chicken breast tenders, cut into 2-inch pieces
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup honey mustard (recommended: Gulden's)
1/4 cup barbecue sauce

1. Preheat the oven on to 375 degrees F.
2. In a pie pan or other shallow, large dish, pour out the corn flakes. Crush the cereal up with your hands.
3. Mix in bread crumbs, sugar, salt, pepper, and allspice.
4. Drizzle about 3 Tbsp vegetable oil evenly over the breading, tossing and turning it to mix the oil all through the bread crumbs and crushed-up corn flakes.
5. Cut the chicken fingers into tenders, 2-inch pieces.
6. Turn the chicken in flour, eggs and then in the special crunchy breading.
7. Arrange the chicken tenders on a nonstick baking sheet. Place the chicken tenders in the oven and cook 20-22 minutes or until crisp and brown all over.
8. Mix together honey mustard and barbecue sauce in a small bowl. Serve hot chicken toes with honey mustard and barbecue sauce for dipping.

Source: Adapted from Rachael Ray


Jen said...

I also am disappointed when chicken tenders are not crunchy, so I will be trying this out! Where in a Kroger can you find Panko bread crumbs? I've never really looked.

Sara said...

Hi Jen!
Thanks for stopping by my blog. I find Panko breadcrumbs in the Asian aisle at my local Kroger. I see you're from Cincy also- I also go to CAM (Cincinnati Asian Market) in Evendale and Jungle Jim's also carries it. Good luck! We loved the addition of the panko breadcrumbs-the combo of that and corn flakes make this super crunchy.

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Gorilladustdesigns said...

I tried these this weekend and they were great, definitely crunchy. Thanks for the recipe!

Gorilladustdesigns said...

I tried these this weekend and I loved them, definitely crunchy. Thanks for the recipe! I have recently decided to give cooking a try and not live on 7-11 and take out food, so I am enjoying your blog for inspiration. :)

Sara said...

I am so glad you liked them. Nothing is worse than a soggy chicken tender!

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