Monday, October 6, 2014

Faux Fried Chicken Tenders

Faux Fried Chicken Tenders
I am consistently making recipes that are baked chicken that is supposed to taste like fried chicken.

I know, I'm repetitive. Sorry. BUT--this recipe is the closest I have ever come to making baked chicken tenders that taste like the fried kind that you can get at virtually any restaurant/diner. They're, like, SUPER good. Especially when you serve them with mashed potatoes. Then it's just Southern comfort.*

*from a Yank who has never spent any significant time in the South. 
Faux Fried Chicken Tenders
I'm having some troubles with my meal-making game, y'all. I'm just....uninspired for the most part. I know that Michael and I need to eat (things that aren't cookies) but I get so lazy and so like "blahhhh" when it comes to me making us something. I'm not sure what it is but I have got to snap out of it!

These chicken tenders and potatoes were the first legit. meal I'd made in awhile. It was pretty nice. I should really get my heiney in gear and make these things occur more frequently (Michael would certainly be grateful).
Faux Fried Chicken Tenders
And if you want to know how these chicken tenders taste-um...awesome? They're moist and flavorful-with just a hint of spice. You can also absolutely mix things up with the seasonings (I adjusted the original recipe slightly for my own palate--I can't deal with very spicy things so I significantly decreased the spicy factor. Feel free to re-up it if that's your thing!)

I think these will be made fairly frequently around these parts from now on!

Faux Fried Chicken Tenders

Adapted from Grandbaby Cakes

Faux Fried Chicken Tenders
Ingredients:
  • 1 lb. chicken tenders
  • 3 eggs, beaten 
  • 1/4 tsp. hot sauce
  • 1/4 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cups all purpose flour 
  • 1 tbsp. seasoned salt
  • 3 tbsp. cornstarch
  • 2 tsp. paprika
  • black pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp. onion powder
  • 2 tbsp. milk
  • 2 tbsp. vegetable or canola oil
Preparation:
  • Preheat oven to 425F degrees. Prepare a baking sheet or large cast iron skillet by lining with parchment paper and coating in non-stick cooking spray.
  • Whisk together the eggs, hot sauce and Worcesteshire sauce in a medium-small bowl.
  • Combine the flour, cornstarch, and seasonings in a large bowl or paper bag. Drizzle in milk and use a fork to mix it until crumbs are created.
  • Dip each chicken tender in the flour mixture, then the eggs (making sure to coat fully), and then back in the flour-thoroughly coating. Add to the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with all the chicken and then let it sit 10-15 minutes to let the coating set.
  • Spray the tops of all the chicken fingers with cooking spray and then drizzle the tops of each tender with the vegetable or canola oil.
  • Bake 10 minutes. Flip each chicken tender over. Bake an additional 10-15 more minutes, until cooked through.
  • Serve with any dipping sauces desired and/or with some lemon.
Faux Fried Chicken Tenders
I don't know why but I think these chicken fingers are SO pretty!

...I'm a weird person. Thinking chicken is pretty....maybe I've been blogging too long :P
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