Friday, September 5, 2014

Baked Chicken Strips With a Kick

Where I live I'm surrounded by a plethora of amazing restaurants. When I get off the bus after a long day at the office where I get the pleasure of eating leftovers for lunch, my taste buds go nuts for all the smells wafting through the air.

It really messes with my mindset of saving money (don't eat out!), eating healthy-ish (all the fried foods!), and digging in to a second round of leftovers (save money!).

My stomach negotiated with my head and and came to a compromise that I would make an alternative to what I would have most likely ordered if I went out. Chicken strips and fries. So, I walked to my local grocery store to pick up a few items for Homemade Baked Chicken Strips to satisfy my craving.

I loosely followed this recipe but added one special ingredient, cayenne pepper!

Mix 1 cup panko bread crumbs with 1 teaspoon of garlic salt, onion powder, pepper and cayenne pepper. If you don't want a kick to your strips, leave out the cayenne pepper. Trust me though, you'll love it.

For the chicken you can either cut up some thawed chicken breasts into strips, or use chicken tenders. I went the chicken tender route and cut those in half.

Since I cook for one I make two servings. One for now and one for leftovers. I used 6 chicken tenders, cut in half, for 6 strips per meal.

Crack two large eggs in a bowl and beat well. This will be the glue that holds the panko bread crumbs to your chicken.

Smart Chicken is the only chicken I will buy.
Before getting your fingers all messy, take a sip of that reisling sitting behind the eggs there why dontcha.

Now you're ready to go. Take your chicken, dunk it in the egg mixture so it's fully covered and then roll it in the panko bread crumb mix. Make sure to cover the whole piece. Set on a baking sheet and repeat until all your chicken is gone.

Put in a preheated oven at 450 degrees for 20 minutes, then an additional 5 minutes under the broiler.

Make sure you have some ranch or ketchup for dunking, because these strips scream DUNK ME! 

If you have kids, babysit, or eat like a 5 year old at 30, you will definitely love this recipe. It's simple, baked and uses all staple kitchen ingredients.

Ingredients (Serving for 2)
6 chicken tenders cut in half
1 cup panko bread crumbs
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 large eggs

Heat oven to 450 degrees. Mix panko bread crumbs with the remaining dry ingredients. Beat two eggs in a small bowl. Dunk chicken strips into eggs and roll in panko mixture. Line the chicken on a baking sheet and put in the oven for 20 minutes and an additional 5 minutes under the broiler.

Nutritional Information
191 calories per serving
2 g fat
30 g protein
1 g sugar
13 g carbs

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