Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Oven baked "fried" Chicken Tenders :-)

I am always looking for new chicken recipes. I basically eat chicken 7 days a week... I rarely eat red meat, never eat seafood, and the only pork that goes into my mouth is bacon- but I would never eat a whole strip of bacon (gag) it would have to be involved in something (salad, sandwich, etc). I know, I'm a freak, but with that being said chicken can get super boring. I'm always trying to reinvent it in new and exciting ways. I love chicken tenders, but the traditional fried version just isn't very good for you. I came across this little beauty the other day:

There are all kinds of oven baked chicken tender recipes in the universe, this one came out super flavorful and were a crowd pleaser. Add your choice dipping sauce on the side and you'll be in chicken tender heaven! Also, it comes together very quickly so it's the perfect week night meal. Winner, winner chicken dinner! ;)

12 Chicken Tenderloins (I used more than this, and the last bit did not get coated well- I suggest if you're doing more than 12 doubling the coating mixture)
A medium sized bowl of milk (approx 2 cups) 
1/4 Stick of Butter
1/2 tsp. Salt
1 tsp. Seasoned Salt
3/4 tsp. Pepper
2 tsp. Paprika
1 C. Flour

Step 1: Soak chicken tenders in a bowl of milk for 20-30 minutes- I would suggest buttermilk for it's acidity to tenderize, but whatever milk you have on hand is fine. 
Let those chickys soak!

Step 2: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Put the 1/4 stick of butter in a 9x13 pan and place in the oven to melt the butter. Take out when the butter is melted and set aside.
Buttery goodness...

Step 3: In a gallon size ziploc bag toss salt, seasoned salt, pepper, paprika, and flour. About 3 or 4 at a time, remove chicken strips from milk, shake off excess milk, and toss in the seasoned flour mixture until evenly coated. Place in an even layer in the pan. 
Time to get baked little guys...

Step 4: Bake for 30 minutes or until completely cooked through, flipping once to get both sides crispy. Enjoy!
There it is! Crispity, chickeny, deliciousness! :-)

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  1. making these for dinner tonight! pairing them with your sweet and spicy sweet potato wedges! thanks for planning my meals for me! :):)

  2. My friend Tiny toya made these the other day!! I shared your blog with her!! I told her to write you and tell you not sure if she did! :)

    1. Awww yay :-) Thanks for passing my blog along boo! Hope they came out good :-)

  3. Came home a little late tonight and wanted a quick and easy way to prepare this chicken I thawed. So googled oven fried chicken - found your recipe -- seemed to be the quickest and easiest -- Didnt have regular milk, so I used soy milk... Didn't want to use regular flour so I used wheat flour... Paired it with a side of spinach ... LOVED IT!! Thank youuuu and good night!!:-)

  4. These were sooo easy and sooo yummy!!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

  5. making this for lunch! can't wait!

  6. This looked so delicious that I am trying it for dinner tonight :)

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  8. This looked so delicious...I can say I found a great recipe now.. I am trying it for dinner tonight...

  9. So quick and easy, AND delicious! My husband has begun to request these now! Thank you so much for sharing!

  10. I did these with gluten free flour. My youngest is gluten intolerant. Smells soooo goood. Can't wait to eat!!

  11. My favorite fried oven fried chicken recipe, it's become a staple in our home.

  12. I made this tonight, and used the leftover flour mix to bread pickles and bake those as well, for some mock fried pickles. It was awesome!!!

  13. This is exactly what I've been looking for. I'm making it today! Thank you!

  14. Excellent chicken tenders! So easy to make, very tender, and delicious!!
    Thanks for sharing!!