Crispy Baked Chicken Tenders
My husband and I do not yet have any kids, but my hope is that once we do, they will love healthy food as much as I do! I plan to involve our future children in cooking as early as possible, in an effort to encourage an appreciation of homemade food.
Here’s a healthier version of a kid favorite: chicken tenders.
Typically heavily breaded and deep-fried, commercially and restaurant-prepared chicken tenders aren’t the kind of fare I foresee feeding my kids. Especially not when it’s super easy to make a lighter – but just as delicious! – version at home.
A long soak in low fat buttermilk ensures that the chicken remains juicy and tender , and I used homemade whole wheat breadcrumbs + whole wheat flaked cereal for the coating, which crisps up beautifully in the oven.
Served with barbeque sauce, ketchup, or homemade honey-mustard dipping sauce, these chicken tenders are perfect for a kid’s birthday party (increase ingredient amounts accordingly). Soak the tenders & prepare the crispy coating the night before to speed up the process the day of the party.
I promise the kiddos will gobble ‘em up!
And for the adults: Layer a couple of chicken tenders into whole wheat rolls slathered with condiments of your choice, romaine lettuce leaves, and juicy tomato slices.