Baked Chicken Tenders

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There’s something about a chicken tender, isn’t there?  You immediately feel guilty eating them, but they bring you right back to childhood when it was totally acceptable to order those every time you went out to dinner, no matter what kind of restaurant it was.  I LIVED on chicken tenders growing up.  Nowadays though, I prefer my food a little more sophisticated (most days).  Every once in awhile though, I want some good old chicken tenders.  So I decided to make my own – a healthier version so I could feel a little less guilty about it.

Baked Chicken Tenders

These baked chicken tenders use crushed up grape nuts as the breading – so you’re getting your daily fill of fiber!  They grape nuts gave them a nice crunch and browning so you almost feel like they’re fried.  I added some oregano, thyme, salt and pepper into my grinded up grape nuts to give the breading a little more flavor.  YUM.

Start with buttermilk and hot sauce.  Mix that up and marinate the chicken for as long as you have (if you think about it in the morning, go ahead and start marinating them).  Even if you only have a few minutes, it still adds flavor.  Here’s the three steps you need to make these crunchy kickin chicken tenders.

Baked chicken tenders

Once your chicken is done marinating, drop each tender into the batter.  I decided to skip the traditional egg and flour step, and mix the two.  It worked out better than I was expecting.  You basically just mix your egg, flour and whatever other seasonings you are using (I used salt, pepper, garlic powder, paprika, cayenne, mayo and dijon mustard) to make a batter.  The chicken coated pretty well with this batter.  Then dip them in the grape nuts breadcrumb mix.  Spray a pan with cooking spray, and lay your chicken tenders down.  Now you’re ready to go.

Baked chicken tenders

Bake them for ten minutes at 400 degrees.  These baked chicken tenders good on their own, but I mean you can obviouslyyy dip them into your favorite sauce – ketchup and ranch won out in my house.

So why did I use grape nuts cereal?  Well, I wanted to add the fiber and love how crunchy they are, so I figured it was worth a shot.  I also kind of love repurposing cereal for other uses.  Who says you always need to eat cereal out of a bowl with milk?  With a cereal like grape nuts, there are so many possibilities.  Top your yogurt for an extra crunch.  Bake them into sweet treats.  Savory obviously works as well (baked chicken tenders for the win!)  I saw them at Wal-mart and couldn’t resist the rest of the Post cereal options, so I went ahead and bought two different kinds of Honey Bunches of Oats:  almond and honey roasted.

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Here’s where I found them.  As you can see, there is a huge variety of Post cereals so everyone in the family will be happy.

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Also, select Post products are featuring the new SING movie.  There’s a SING national sweepstakes and through information on the cereal boxes, you can enter for a chance to win $100,000 or free movie tickets.  WOW!  I’m entering that immediately.  Wouldn’t an extra $100,000 be nice?  You can enter the sweepstakes by entering the codes that are printed inside the box into the sweepstakes website.

Check out more on the here.  Want more information on the sweepstakes?  Click here.  For lots of other ideas on how to use Post cereals for any occasion, click here.

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Baked Chicken Tenders
Print Recipe
A crunchy, kickin baked chicken tender that the whole family will enjoy.
Servings Prep Time
7-8 tenders 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
7-8 tenders 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Baked Chicken Tenders
Print Recipe
A crunchy, kickin baked chicken tender that the whole family will enjoy.
Servings Prep Time
7-8 tenders 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
7-8 tenders 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: tenders
Instructions
  1. Mix the hot sauce and buttermilk and marinate your chicken tenders for as little as ten minutes, up to 8 hours.
  2. Combine flour, egg, salt, pepper, garlic powder, paprika, cayenne, mayo and mustard to make a batter. Dip each chicken tender in the batter, making sure to coat them well.
  3. Crush up the grape nuts cereal to the size of a normal breadcrumb and mix in thyme, oregano, salt and pepper. Dip each battered chicken tender in to the breadcrumbs, coating well. Press the breadcrumbs into the chicken.
  4. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray and lay each chicken tender down. Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes.

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