Friday, January 28, 2011

"Everything" Chicken Tenders

Let's face it, fried food is NOT good for you...even though it is really delicious. I bake everything instead of frying and I have never been disappointed with it. I was watching an episode of Rachel Ray yesterday when I saw her breading chicken with sesame seeds. I was instantly intrigued. I lloooovvveeee sesame seeds! While she was making them she mentioned that a friend of hers had made a breading "everything" style. You know, like an everything bagel. I knew that I HAD to try this and see what it was like.

"Everything" Chicken Tenders

  • 1 lb chicken tenders
  • 1/2 cup sesame seeds
  • 2-3 tablespoons poppy seeds (or as little or as much as you want!)
  • 1 tablespoon dry minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon dry minced onion
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon black pepper (use as much or as little as you like)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees

It doesn't get much simpler than this. You simply mix all the spices together and then roll the chicken in it and make sure all sides are coated.

Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet for 25-30 minutes (depending on the size of the chicken tenders), turning halfway through the baking time.

I served mine up with a baked sweet potato which has always been a favorite of mine!

I have to tell you, this was very flavorful and an AMAZING substitute for traditional breading.

Thank you Rachel Ray for the suggestion! Your friend is a smart man!


Maeve's Momma said...

Yum! I like the idea of breading w/sesame seeds.

Mateja ^_^ said...

Delicious Farah! And what a super idea to indulge the chicken with sweet potato :) Thank you for sharing ^_^

Brandie@thecountrycook said...

That is a really clever idea. And a nice change to the normal breading used on chicken! Looks delicious! I'm your newest follower! :)

Kate @ said...

mmmm! Love that you added sesame seeds!
I also am an oven girl - I try to stay away from frying as much as I can.

Ang said...

This is brilliant! I know I would love these because that added crunch from the sesame seeds. Great Job! I'm inspired now.

Farrah said...

Thank you everyone!!

Maggie @ Vittles and Bits said...

That's such a great idea! I love everything bagels... and I totally agree about baking, it's not quite as delicious but it's sooo much healthier for you!

briarrose said...

This is an awesome idea! I'm definitely going to have to try this. I also suddenly crave an everything bagel. ;)

I switched over to oven baking instead of frying a couple years ago...a great, healthy alternative.

Veronica Gantley said...

Chicken and sweet potato what a wonderful combination. It is not fried so it is good for you. I like that even better. I will have to try this recipe. Thanks!

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