Chicken tenders were great as a kid, but they have no place in the adult world, right? Oh, you couldn’t be more wrong. 2017 is the year chicken tenders take back the iron throne of culinary artistry.
If you want to join this worthy cause, read up on some mind blowing chicken tender recipes like the ones featured below. You won’t regret it and neither will your friends once you take them on this one-way trip to flavortown.
These Chicken Tenders Are Literally Nuts
If you think nuts don’t pair with chicken tenders, then think again. These Almond Dijon Baked Tenders will forever change the way you perceive poultry.
It’s a simple recipe that starts with mixing almond meal, garlic powder, salt, and pepper into one bowl. In another, whisk together some eggs and Dijon mustard.
After patting chicken dry, dip it in the egg and Dijon mixture, then the almond mixture. Bake for ten minutes, flip, bake again for another ten and serve hot with ketchup or a sauce of your choosing.
Sweet And Spice Taste Real Nice
There isn’t anything quite like the combination of sweet and spicy. Combined with chicken tenders, you have the ultimate bar food from the comfort of home.
This recipe starts like many other fried chicken recipes. Dip the chicken in batter then once again in your seasoned flour mixture (flour, salt, pepper and whatever else you want to add). Here’s where it gets weird.
After you fry the chicken, toss the tenders in a generous layer of honey chipotle sauce (either store bought or homemade) for that extra sweet and spicy kick.
Get A Little Tropical With Your Chicken
Can’t afford an exotic island getaway this year? Don’t worry! Bring the tropics to you with these coconut crunch chicken tenders.
Once again, we start off with a typical fried chicken recipe. This time, add a friendly helping of cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper to your flour.
Dry the chicken, dip it in the flour mixture, dip it in some beaten eggs, and then dip it into a bowl of shredded coconut. Finally, fry them up and break out the frozen margarita machine.
Chicken Fit For Royalty
Chicken is cheap and therefore not usually a “fancy” food, but after making these Baked Pecan Crusted Chicken Tenders, you’ll feel like royalty. Like the last recipe, you’ll need your trusty combination of flour with salt and pepper and another bowl of whisked eggs. Dip the tenders into the first bowl of flour, then once again into the beaten eggs.
In the third bowl, you will have 1/2 cup of pecan halves, blended finely in a food processor. As the last step in the coating process, dip your tenders in the pecan mixture and place on a baking sheet.
Bake for 10 minutes, making sure to flip and bake for another 10. When the tenders are crisp, then you should be good to go. Garnish with a little parsley and serve with honey mustard to put a little extra “zing” on your tender.
When In Doubt, Use Bacon
It’s hard to ever go wrong with bacon, but it seems to jive especially well in this recipe. It also helps that this recipe is easier than walking. Well, almost.
Preheat your oven to 375º F, line a baking sheet with foil, and place a cooking rack on top. In a small dish, mix together brown sugar and chili powder. Grab your chicken tenders.
With each chicken tender, wrap one slice of bacon around it then coat in the brown sugar and chili powder mixture. When they’re all wrapped, place on a baking sheet and bake for 20–25 minutes or until the bacon is crisp and the chicken is cooked.