Monday, April 30, 2012

Cook Yourself Thin Chicken Tenders

Cook Yourself Thin Chicken Tenders
You know what's hilarious?
When I speak to people I know in real life, and this blog is brought up, they always say, 
"You post the most delicious things! Poor thing, it must be so hard not to eat them."
To which I respond, "Uh....I eat pretty much everything I put on the blog. If it's a dessert I probably eat almost all of it."

Then they look at me in confusion.

Alright, so a lot of what I post isn't the lowest in calories, and sometimes maybe even not healthy at all. But I try to use moderation, try to eat as good and real (AKA natural, no preservatives, etc.) as I can, and make a  (sometimes) concentrated effort to put more healthy things (such as veggies) into my diet. I'm obviously not perfect. And, in comparison to many of my model/actor colleagues, I am an unhealthy glutton. However-I drink almost exclusively water (I prefer to eat, not drink, my calories), I walk a lot, and I have been blessed with a somewhat fast metabolism (that's not to say there aren't a few pounds I'd like to drop). Anyway, my point is: there's nothing wrong with having a piece of cake. Maybe just don't eat the whole thing. It's even alright if, once in a blue moon, you eat some greasy french fries, because a life with none forever would be sad. Just make sure to temper the good with the bad, eat a good breakfast, make some smarter decisions about some things, etc. I'm no expert on this. I'm not saying I am. What do I know? Maybe nothing. Don't make any life altering decisions based on what I'm saying here, this is just one girl's opinion, one girl's path. My best friend is a food science/nutrition major--I can tell you right now she definitely thinks I should eat less of some of the things I eat. Perhaps she is right. But I think I'm doing alright. In the spirit of me showing you a healthier (but still comforting and tasty) option, enjoy these chicken tenders. They're from the Lifetime TV show "Cook Yourself Thin". So, see, we're off to a great start!

Cook Yourself Thin Chicken Tenders

Cook Yourself Thin Chicken Tenders
  • 2 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 1/4 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1 bay leaf (if you have it, I've omitted)
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup non-fat buttermilk
  • 1 pound chicken tenders
  • 1 1/2 cups cornflakes, crushed to medium crumb (you may need more)
  • In a medium bowl combine garlic, spices, and buttermilk. Add chicken and cover in marinade. Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour.
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with non-stick spray.
  • Place cornflake crumbs on a plate.
  • Drain chicken, then coat in crumbs.
  • Lay on a baking sheet in a single layer.
  • Bake about 15 minutes-until firm.


  1. Kayle, these look so crunchy and crispy- Yum! Better yet, they're healthy. I try to give most of my sweet treats away. If I keep them in the house, I will eat them. All of them!

    1. See-I can't justify wasting the want to eat all of them :P

  2. Looks great. I like that show, too, and I usually cook with those principles in mind anyway. Oven "frying" is the way to go.

  3. We make this chicken too! And we LOVE it!

    And you're absolutely right! Moderation, moderation, moderatation!

  4. Perfect food for busy days/nights!!My kids are going to love this Kayle!I love the addition of red pepers flakes, nice hint of spice here as well :)

  5. One could easily pack on the pounds as a food blogger so moderation is definitely the key!

  6. I agree with your theory of everything in moderation, including dessert. These chicken fingers look delish.

  7. these look great! i love the use of buttermilk here, makes the chicken so tender and delicious!

  8. I get the exact same comments! Moderation is the key...but it would be awful to bake and not be able to taste :) Your chicken looks wonderful...I have used a similar quick and delish!

  9. Your tenders do look tasty and I really do believe that oven baked can be just as delicious as fried, so I usually go for the baking option.
    Everything I make I taste and then it goes as donations, pot lucks, community centers etc. I cannot fathom giving food to someone that I have not even tasted. That is the moderation way I work with some of my overly rich desserts. Moderation is the key. Have a great day!

  10. These tenders look better than the fast food ones my brother is accustomed to adoring - a wonderful recipe my friend thank you :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  11. Looks great and delicious. :D

  12. I don't know how people can imagine having all of that good looking and smelling food around and not sampling. You cannot really post recipes without knowing if they taste good right? Small bites and never the whole thing is key.

  13. This would make for a perfect mid week dinner. It can be quickly put together and you are guaranteed excellent results. :)

  14. I used to watch reruns of that show - then I got bored because they only showed the same reruns over and over and over again ;) But they certainly had some creative alternatives to fattening foods. And I believe moderation and self-control and the real keys to health - not crazy diets or deprivation. Because really - those never last anyway...

  15. Kayle, these look awesome! I've made chicken this way too but do you think I could deep fry them this way? Wondering if it would fall apart, healthy but not healthy LOL!

    1. I'm not 100% sure, but I imagine you could deep fry them? But honestly, it sort of takes away the point lol


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