Thursday, March 26, 2015

Chicken Tenders or Nuggets

Chicken Tenders are great to freeze I make them in large quantities if I'm making a mess I might as well make enough to freeze.  I usually make at least 4 lbs buying the tenders in bulk keeps the price down. 

Now you can chop the tenders into nugget size or you can use chicken breasts.  I prefer the tenders they are moister than chicken breast.   Thighs do not work at all just to  much work to chop up now if you are really set on using dark thigh meat what does work is to pound the thighs between two sheets of parchment paper then dip in flour, eggs, crumbs, bake 20-22 minutes.

Gluten Free bread crumbs are easy to find Dairy Free not so much.  Rice, Corn or Wheat chex, Rice Krispies, or potato Chips work great for Gluten Free and Dairy Free.  Mix it up use a flavor chip or chex can you imagine Honey Nut coated Chicken Tenders!!!  You can get the crumbs really fine in a blender or food processer but its more fun to put it in a bag and smash away or roll the bag with a rolling pin, something a child could do............

Cereal makes a great crumb even Chex has there own version of Chicken Nuggets

I like mine better ;0) double dipping sometimes is a good thing



Chicken Tenders or Nuggets
Serves 6       Preparation:15 min

Ingredients
2 lbs chicken tenderloins 3 eggs1 1/2 cups  flour - I use buckwheat what can I say I'm gluten free,  buckwheat give a nice flavor, cheaper than gf flour blends 2 cups bread crumbs, or crushed rice chex, rice krispies, potato chips Salt and black pepper

Directions
Preheat oven to 400F.

Season the chicken tenders with salt and black pepper. On a plate or in a bag, season the flour with salt and black pepper, then beat the eggs in a shallow dish with the water. On a plate, place the crumbs. 
Dredge the chicken tenders in the flour to coat, shaking off any excess flour. If your cooking with kids put the flour in a bag, season with salt and pepper, add ½ the chicken and let the kid shake away until all the chicken is coated.  Dip the floured chicken tenders into the egg then dip the chicken tenders in the crumbs. 

You don’t need to oil the pan but they brown better if you do.  I have olive oil in a mister and I mist the tenderloins.
Place the breaded chicken tenders onto a baking sheet and bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes, until golden brown.