Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Easy Cajun Tenders

My life is quite often hectic between work, two hours commuting each day, house work, and preparing meals for my husband and me. Today was one of those days when work was exhausting and all I wanted to do was fix a quick but healthy meal when I got home. Tonight, I really wanted some fast food chicken but without the grease or expense.

The development of this recipe comes from the necessity for quick meals without heavily processed and greasy products. There are very few ingredients in this inexpensive, healthy dish. I think you will enjoy these crisp, slightly spicy cajun tenders.

Ingredients:                                   Preheat Oven Temperature: 400 degrees
2 large bone-in Chicken Breasts
1 package Shake-n-Bake Chicken mix
1/4 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
1/4 teaspoon Salt
1/4 teaspoon Garlic Powder

Remove the skin and bones from chicken.
Cut the tender from the underside of the breast.
But the remaining part of the breast into 4 tenders,
for a total of 10 tenders for 2 large chicken breasts. 
*Note: I prefer to use bone-in chicken and clean it myself because of the cheaper cost, freshness of the product, and inclusion of the "tender" cut on the underside of the breast. Feel free to use pre-cleaned breasts or tenders if you do not want to butcher the meat yourself.

Combine coating mix and seasoning in a plastic bag.
Place chicken tenders in the bag.
Close the top of the bag and shake until all pieces are thoroughly coated. 
Coat a baking sheet with non-stick spray.
Arrange chicken strips on pan with adequate spacing to allow for
crisping and not sweating of meat.
Bake for 20 minutes.  
*Note: I like to use an air circulating pan in order for the bottom to crisp and not become mushy.

For a quick meal, I served the Cajun Tenders with oven-baked fries.

1 comment:

  1. Looks yummy! I will definitely have to try this as I'm a huge chicken tenders fan!