Oven Fried Chicken Tenders

 

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Oven Fried Chicken Tenders

Happy National Fried Chicken Day! Being that my family roots are in the southern U.S., we’ve been having fried chicken forever. Unfortunately, I’ve never really enjoyed the dish because I don’t particularly fancy gnawing on bones, tendons and ligaments. Just thinking about it grosses me out. My family has always made fun of me while they sat around the table with chicken in hand. I always had my chicken leg on the plate, trying to dissect the meat away from everything else with a fork. Just in case you’re interested, I won’t eat ribs or bone-in steak, either. This used to drive my hubby crazy bu he has adapted. The last time he decided to cook with chicken legs, he actually took the time to take the meat off the bone before he plated it up. Yes, dear hubby does share in the cooking duties :-)  I work really long hours so it’s just not practical for me to come home and cook on many days. Yes, I’m very lucky and I know it :-)

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Oven Fried Chicken Tenders

Personally, I lean a little more vegetarian in my food preferences but sometimes a piece of chicken is just what the doctor ordered. When I do eat chicken, it’s usually breast meat that’s been baked or stewed. This recipe was adapted from Hazelnut Crusted Chicken at About.com and it is scrumptious. The breading I used is basically pecans, panko bread crumbs and spices.

Oven Fried Chicken Tenders

Ingredients

  • 2 boneless chicken breasts (I used chicken tenders)
  • 1 egg
  • 1-2 Tbsp melted butter
  • 1/4 tsp Cajun seasoning
  • 1/4 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 tsp Cajun seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp dried leaf thyme
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 375°. Lightly grease a shallow baking pan.
  2. In a shallow bowl, beat eggs and butter together with 1/2 teaspoon Cajun seasoning.
  3. In a food processor, combine the bread crumbs, nuts, 1/2 teaspoon Cajun seasoning, thyme, and salt. Pulse several times, until crumbs are fine and mixture is well blended. Put crumbs in a shallow bowl.
  4. Dip chicken in the egg mixture, coating thoroughly, then into the crumb mixture, turning to coat well.
  5. Place in the prepared baking pan. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the chicken breasts are browned and cooked through.

Adapted from Hazelnut-Crusted Chicken at About.com, Southern Food section. http://southernfood.about.com/od/ovenfriedchickenrecipes/r/r80127f.htm?p=1

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Cafe Affogato with Low Carb Vanilla Ice Cream Follow Me on Pinterest

Cafe Affogato with Low Carb Vanilla Ice Cream

For dessert, the hubs and I had a Cafe Affogato. Affogato basically means “drowned” in Italian so this is vanilla ice cream or gelato served with a shot of espresso. We’re big coffee fans in this house so this is a great way to end a meal for us. Having this so late in the day, we usually make our espresso shots half decaf so we won’t be up all night. Of course, the ice cream must be low carb :-)

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Cafe Affogato with Low Carb Vanilla Ice Cream

 

 

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  1. These look so delish CJ! I love the fact that you added pecans. I find pecans really awesome in savoury dishes. And Panko is just so awesome!
    I am planning on Panko onion rings this week, following Maureen’s recipe. Can’t wait.
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  2. I bet the addition of the the pecans in this dish were fabulous. When we were doing lo-carb, there was a great pistachio chicken that was awesome. Dontcha’ just love using panko?

  3. Those chicken tenders look so crispy, love the fact they’re oven fried. I wish I could get hazelnuts, but I’ve yet to find a source for them around me other than online (and I’m in Ohio not out on some island!). Definitely want to try the cafe affogato – do you all make your own espresso?
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    • We do make our own espresso, kinda … We’re big coffee people so we have a super-automatic espresso machine … you just push a button and it grinds the beans, tamps the beans & makes the coffee :-)

  4. I can’t eat your wonderful tenders my friend but I would be more than happy with dessert :D

    Cheers
    CCU
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  5. Great idea to use pecans in the coating.
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  6. I love the breading you used. Yum! My husband doesn’t like the bone-in chicken for the very same reason. Tendons!

  7. I am not a fried chicken fan, but I do like them every once in a while. My hubby shares your apathy towards tearing any meat from its bones, but not for the same reasons. He simply hates soiling his hands when eating. He also does it with a fork and a knife, and I double up with hilarity every time, not too loud though, mind you. He is one of those very few people on earth who can successfully eat dosa – a South Indian pancake crepe – with a fork and a knife and manages to clean his plate.
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  8. those look delicious!
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  9. I think you need to deliver some of those chicken fingers to me. Right now. It’s lunch time.
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  10. Yum!! I am a huge fried chicken lover too :)
    Also, your hubby seems so sweet! Perry tries to cook on occassion, but so far he has only mastered breakfast. If we get married, I am definitely teaching him more intensely! Did you teach your husband how to cook, or did he learn growing up?
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  11. That chicken looks delicious. I do eat it :)
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  12. Wonderfully lovely chicken fries. Its looks good and is now one of my favorites.
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