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Sweet and Spicy Baked Orange Chicken Tenders

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Sweet and spicy are a great combo when it comes to chicken tenders! A citrus glaze with kicky Asian flair makes this dish a favorite to serve again and again.

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Ingredients

  • 8 chicken tenderloins (about 1 1/2 pounds)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Orange Marinade/Glaze
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1/3 cup orange marmalade
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons quality hoisin sauce like Lee Kum Kee or Kikkoman*
  • 1 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/2-1 teaspoons sriracha/Asian hot red chili sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • Chicken Breading
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 3 cups cornflakes cereal, ground*
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 garlic powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon butter
  • Garnish (optional)
  • green onions
  • orange zest

Details

Servings 4
Preparation time 10mins
Cooking time 140mins
Adapted from carlsbadcravings.com

Preparation

Step 1

1.Whisk the Orange Marinade/Glaze ingredients together in a medium bowl. Add 1/3 cup to a large freezer bag with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Add the chicken and marinate 60 minutes up to overnight in the refrigerator. Refrigerate reserved Glaze separately.

2.Melt 1/2 tablespoon butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Stir in panko and continue to cook and stir until browned. Remove from heat.**

3.Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil then top with a wire baking rack. Spray rack with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.

4.Line up your breading station: Add flour to a large freezer bag. Whisk milk and eggs together in a bowl or shallow dish. Mix panko, ground cornflakes, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/8 teaspoon pepper and 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder in a large bowl.

5.Remove chicken from marinade and pat dry with paper towels. Add chicken to flour and toss until evenly coated. Working with one chicken tender at a time, remove from flour, shake off any excess then coat in milk/egg mixture and drain off any excess. Roll chicken in panko/cornflakes, pressing to adhere. Shake off any excess and place on wire rack. Repeat until all chicken tenders are breaded.

6.Bake for 20 minutes at 425 F degrees or until chicken is cooked through. Broil until golden. Let cool for 10 minutes while you prepare your Glaze.

7.Add reserved Glaze to a medium saucepan and bring to a boil while stirring. Reduce to a simmer until slightly thickened, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Using tongs, dip chicken in Glaze to coat then return to baking rack or individual plates. Garnish with orange and green onions if desired.

Notes

Total cooking time does not include marinating as that will vary upon individual.

*I use my food processor and pulse until the size of panko crumbs. You can place cornflakes in a freezer bag and crush with a rolling pin. You can substitute cornflakes with additional panko for a total of 1 1/4 cups panko and brown panko with 1 tablespoon butter.

**You can do this while your chicken marinates and store in an airtight container until ready to use.

***The less time you wait between coating the chicken in the glaze and eating, the crispier it will be. That being said, the chicken has a wonderful texture but is not overly crispy.

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