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Thursday, May 5, 2011

Healthy Baked Chicken Tenders

There always seems to be some sporting event occurring. Right now we are in the midst of the NHL playoffs. And with sporting events usually comes lots of food and drinks. I am not one to sit down and eat a plate of chicken wings, chips, pizza and other fatty game day snacks. But like everyone else I still like to nervously nibble on munchies while watching the game. So for the game I made healthy and much more flavorful baked chicken tenders. The batter is full of healthy ingredients, and offers a nice moist chicken, with a crunchy texture when baked. Serve these with peanut sauce or spicy Asian red chili sauce at your next playoff game.

Healthy Baked Chicken Tenders

1/2 cup wheat germ
1/2 cup bran flakes
1/2 cup wheat bran
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup whole wheat bread crumbs
2 T Parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp cayenne
ground pepper
1 T olive oil
2 large eggs
1 1/2 lbs chicken tenders

Preheat the oven to 450F.

Process the first 12 ingredients in a food processor. Slowly add oil to processor until mixture is formed. Place the mixture in a bowl.

Place a wire rack (cookie cooling sheet works well) on a baking sheet.

In a bowl beat the eggs. Then dip the chicken tenders in the eggs, allow the excess mixture to drip off and then dredge in the crumb mixture, pat to adhere to chicken.

Place each tender on the wire rack and back for 14 minutes. May wish to broil for a couple minutes to make a bit crunchier.

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Holly Bruns said...

Those look delish. Nice photo too.

Anonymous said...

Yummy! I love new takes on chicken, as I get so easily bored with it :) Have you tried taking raw almonds, throwing them in a processor, and using that (+spices) for tenders? They are SO good!

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