Friday, July 1, 2011

Homemade Chicken Tenders

Hi ya'll!!  Today, is my hubby's birthday, Happy Birthday, Burk, I love you more everyday!!!  And as a special treat I wanted to make him something that we haven't had in years because we gave up eating fried foods.  So, I came up with this fantastic recipe that won't leave you feeling that giving up fried stuff means you can't enjoy things like chicken tenders, anymore.  What's really great about this dish is it only took me about 1 hr & 30 mins, from prep to plate (that includes cooking time).  What more can you ask for?  It's kid & hubby friendly, it's easy & it's sooo much better for you than those deep fried versions.  And on Tues, here in Memphis our local market carries, Chicken Breast for 2.99 a lb, jackpot!!!      

1 lb chicken breast, cut into strips (or just use pre cut tenders)
1/2 cup AP flour
1 1/2 cup panko (Kikkoman in a box)
2 T dried parsley
2 eggs, whisked
1 T half & half (or milk)
1 tsp salt (could have use more)
1/2 tsp white pepper
1 tsp garlic powder 
1/2 tsp paprika

Place breasts in a bag & pound out with a rolling pin (or mallet), until they are about 1/2 in thick.  Cut them into about 5 or 6 even strips per breast, then you can cut any that are too long in half.  In a small bowl or pie pan, add flour.  In a 2nd pan whisk together eggs, milk, salt, pepper, garlic powder & paprika.  In the 3rd pan, combine panko & parsley. 

   Step 1 - dredge in flour & shake off excess
Step 2 - coat in egg mixture
Step 3 - coat in panko mixture
Place on a cookie sheet & repeat with remaining strips

Once they are all arranged & ready to be baked, spray with cooking spray (this helps with browning).  Place in a preheated oven, 350F for about 30 mins  (flip then halfway thru).  
Broil on HI for 1 min, (if needed) to brown.  Once you bring them out of the oven, we agreed that it needed a touch more salt & pepper. 

Makes about 16 tenders

Big southern hugs, 


  1. Happy Birthday to your honey! I love doing baked stuff like this during the week. I usually don't fry a whole lot unless I'm off work and I got time to do all the prep work, etc. It's good for the kids too. This sounds lovely!!

  2. Those look delicious! I cook my "fried" chicken tenders in the oven too :)

    Happy Birthday to your guy!

  3. I make all my Homemade Chicken fingers Baked! And they taste so crisp and yummy!

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  5. Those look so good girl!! I may have to try these this week, you know how my boys like chicken!

  6. I make a very similar version, and they are so yummy! So much better than the the deep fried ones at a restaurant!

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