Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Oven Fried Chicken Tenders

In my efforts to get rid of boxed/convenience mixes in my house along with reducing some of the fat in our diet, I decided to take a recipe that my friend, Lisa, had given me a while ago and give it a try with using fresh chicken tenders and making some homemade breaded chicken tenders.

Ingredients are: "spiced flour", egg wash, and fresh chicken tenders. Basically items that you would have in the pantry.

In the flour, I put in some onion powder, garlic powder, a few dashes of black pepper and paprika, and a tad of poultry seasoning. Now how is that for measuring?!?! You can put together any spices that you would prefer for flavoring and what you have in your pantry. I put approximate measurements with the full instructions down below.

Once I dipped all the chicken tenders into the egg wash and the spiced flour, I put a couple of pads of margarine(you can use butter too) on all the tenders.

Then I put them in the oven at 400° for an hour and then came out golden brown and a little bit crispy.

My family loved them!! The leftovers were easy to reheat in the oven at 400° for about 10 minutes.

24 chicken tenders (I usually use boneless, skinless chicken breasts, but bone-in will work too!)
2 c. flour
1 1/4 tsp. salt*
1 tsp. pepper*
1/2 tsp. paprika*
1 tsp. poultry seasoning*
2 tsp. garlic powder*
3 tsp. onion powder*
margarine slices

Egg Wash
3 eggs
2 tsp. water

Combine flour and spices together in one bowl. Combine the egg and water in another bowl. Dip chicken pieces in the egg wash first and then in the spiced flour mixture. Place pads of margarine on top of each piece of chicken. (This is the secret to it tasting so delicious.) Bake 400 for 1 hour. I don't worry about spraying or oiling the pan as the pads of margarine work in keeping the chicken from sticking to the pan.

*the spice amounts are approximate!

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Kolfinnas Korner said...

This looks yummy! I make homemade chicken tenders too, from a taste of home recipe I found, but I've never added a couple pats of butter. I may have to try this next time I make chicken tenders. Thanks for the tip.

Sandra said...

I have been trying to find a coating for my chicken tenders that is crunchy. I am going to try this next week.

Roan said...

Hey! I am going to try this. I regularly buy chicken tenders from the store. I used to make homemade oven fried chicken about once a week.....I think I will try your recipe for a change.

Vicki said...

Awesome! I am getting away from packaged/processed foods, too. This looks great! I can't wait to try it. Thanks!

Sherry said...

This looks scrumptious! :D My kids would love this!

Lisa said...

This looks fabulous. I'm so glad you like the recipe. I like the fact you used chicken tenders. How neat is that! My family will love it.

Thanks for sharing it.


Samantha said...

These sound like a recipe my family would love, have to try soon ! Thanks so much for sharing this yummy dish, have a very blessed day !

Jerralea said...

This sounds like a winner to me! In my town, the Shop & Save sells frozen unbreaded chicken tenders in like a 5 pound bag. This would be the perfect recipe for them.

Quinn said...

I like how you measure! I'm the same way when I make fried chicken:D

I'll have to try this idea next time. I always get my oil really hot, so they crisp up quick and then finish them off in the oven so as to minimize time soaking in the oil. I'll bet the butter adds great flavor too.

(My 2yo looking over my shoulder says she wants to "put those in her mouth.")

Lisa@BlessedwithGrace said...

Looks great. My daughter will love them.

Brenda said...

I bet thats good with the butter on top. Love chicken tenders!

Megan said...

These look so yummy. I'll have to try them out. We eat a lot of chicken tenders in this house!

Kelly the Kitchen Kop said...

This would be a great recipe to share on our Real Food Wednesdays carnival, too, as long as you use butter instead of the margarine. Why use a fake when you can use the real thing - the one that is more natural and the way God made it? It's better for you, too... I know, that's very politically incorrect and goes against all "they" have told us for years, but true all the same. :)

Jerri - Simply Sweet Home said...

I love chicken fingers.