After returning home from a few days away visiting family (including my beautiful cousin’s amazing new baby boy!), I was exhausted. Although the nights were not late and the mornings not even too early, minus my Mom’s wake up call one morning with the LOUD whisper “ARE YOU AWAKE?”, getting out of your regular routine definitely takes its toll. And okay maybe it wasn’t quite that loud, but it sure felt like at 6:08 in the morning! And for the record, no, I wasn’t awake, but that didn’t last long. Ah well, it feels pretty good to have a lot of hours on a Saturday to have at your disposal.
But because I was away for a few days, and my boyfriend was left to his own devices (the horror!), there was not too much to choose from for dinner. And the last thing I left like doing is eating out again, which tends to happen a lot when your away from home. So homemade chicken tenders seemed like the perfect thing to whip up. Mind you, based on what was in the pantry, they were the only thing available to whip up. But Greg raved about them, and they are so much better than those frozen ones you can find with all those chemicals and nasty preservatives. And so I share with you my own version of chicken tenders, that sometimes, are just what one needs. Especially with a little bit of plum sauce.
Crispy Chicken Tenders
2 medium sized skinless, boneless chicken breasts
1/4 cup of flour
1 cup of Panko
2 tbsp of Parmesan, grated
salt and pepper to taste
Cut chicken into even sized strips, I had about 10 strips in total. Place flour into a small bowl. Place eggs into another bowl and whisk. In a third bowl add the Panko, Parmesan, salt, and pepper, mix well. Place a large pan over medium heat and coat with a non-stick spray. Dredge each strip in the flour, then the egg, and finally the Panko mixture. Add half the strips to the pan and cook a few minutes on each side until cooked through. Place the cooked tenders on a plate lined with a paper towel until the 2 batch have cooked. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce. Taste just like when you were a kid!