Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Tenderly Healthier

Friday night I was kinda stumped on what to do with chicken.  A lot of times, I find chicken to get boring.  Especially chicken breat.  So... blah.  But what did I have that needed to get used up before the detox started?  Chicken Breast Tenders.  I stared at them for a good 5 minutes before I made the decision to do breaded chicken tenders.  Then I debated on how healthy I wanted to go.  I could do the egg, flour, breadcrumb, fry method.  Or I could be sensible.  Surprisingly, I chose sensible, and now I want to share with you too how you can clean up your tenders.

What you need:
Chicken breast tenders from the refrigerated meat case at the store (not breaded or seasoned).
1 cup Seasoned Italian Bread Crumbs
1 cup spaghetti or pasta sauce, not chunky
cooking spray

What you do:
1. Set oven to broil
2. Prepare 2 plates.  One should have your sauce on it, one with your bread crumbs.  It will look like this:
3. Coat your chicken pieces first in the sauce, then in the seasoned bread cumbs.  Arrange them on a tray that has been lightly coated with cooking spray.

4. Once all of those bad boys are layed out, broil for about 4 minutes on each side, or until cooked through.  Because you're broiling, they'll stay super moist and tender.  Ours looked like this when they were done:

I served these with a salad.  While they don't have your typical "Chicken nugget" taste, they're tasty, quick, and comforting.  Plus, they're a good way to sneak in some extra veg.

If you get the chance to try these, please let me know what you think, and have a fantastic day!


  1. Sounds good!! =) One of the Mr.'s favorite foods...chicken nuggets. I'm always looking for ways to make them a little different. Hope to try this soon! =))

  2. Looks yummmmy! I want to try it :)

  3. Karissa and Mrs. Robinson: I am so glad you like this! I hope you try it, and send me an email to let me know what you think.

  4. Hey Kristen! These look really good, and the perfect addition to a nice Caesar salad (my fave). Thanks for sharing :)

    1. Yum! That sounds great! I think we just did a salad with balsamic, but I did think about adding Parmesan to the bread crumbs, so I can see why you'd want to try that. Thanks for stopping in!

  5. I am constantly on the lookout for healthier recipes so this is like gold as my kids love chicken tenders. Thank you so much for sharing they look delish :)

    1. Thanks for stopping in! I hope your whole family loves them


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