fabulous chicken fingers
i am admittedly not the biggest chicken fan. i think it’s kind of boring, and let’s be honest – it is the most unattractive type of raw meat! i do however, love me some good chicken fingers with honey mustard! the sad part about this is that chicken fingers aren’t exactly the most healthy things in the world – sad face.
mission impossible – yummy, healthy chicken tenders. i knew the first solution would be panko bread crumbs instead of a heavy batter. the trick was to incorporate some flavor into the panko so they wouldn’t be too boring. i didn’t have any fresh herbs on hand or else i would have loved to put some basil and parsley in with the bread crumb mixture, but alas, dried thyme had to suffice.
the great thing about these is that they are easy and quick, especially if you buy chicken tenders instead of having to cut up whole chicken breasts. these tenders are simple enough for kids (and who honestly wants to give their kids mcdonald’s chicken mcnuggets these days??), and fancy enough for adults. you could even make a few pounds worth of these, take them out of the oven about five minutes early, let them cool and then freeze them to have on hand for nights you don’t have time to cook!!
yummy, healthy chicken tenders = mission accomplished!!
makes 9-10 tenders
1 lb chicken tenders
2 cups panko bread crumbs
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/4 t paprika
1 T dried thyme (or fresh herbs, which would give them great color too!)
1/2 stick butter, melted
salt & pepper
preheat oven to 375.
put all the dry ingredients into a medium sized bowl, including salt and pepper, and set aside. melt the butter in a bowl in the microwave in 20-30 second intervals.
dip tenders (two at a time) in the butter, making sure to cover fully using one hand. place the tenders in bowl with the dry ingredients and toss them with your other hand so the breadcrumbs don’t stick to your fingers.
place the tenders on a baking sheet lined with parchment and sprinkle with salt. bake the tenders for 15-20 minutes depending on the size. serve them with your favorite condiment and enjoy!!