Typical conversation at my house when I’m planning our weekly menu:
Mom: “what do you want to eat this week?”
Daughter #1: “chicken tenders”
Daughter #2: “chicken tenders”
Mom: “really? That’s all you’ve got?”
Chicken tenders are requested A LOT at my house. And they’re really not hard to make. I’ve tried them two ways: baked and stove top.
My new favorite way is on the stove top in my cast iron skillet. They seemed crunchier and less dried out, which can easily happen if the chicken gets over cooked.
Let’s talk bread crumbs: I use Panko. There’s no crust in Panko breadcrumbs, so the crumbs are fluffier and bigger. Panko also makes a crunchier crust, which we like. I find Panko on sale often for $1. You can use regular store-bought or homemade bread crumbs, but I’ve had more success with Panko and $1 is pretty cheap.
Also, if you don’t like the seasonings in this recipe, just replace with your favorites. This recipe is easily adaptable.
Crispy Parmesan Chicken Tenders
- 2 pounds chicken tenders or chicken breast cut into small pieces
- olive oil
- all purpose flour
- 2-3 eggs
- 3 cups Panko bread crumbs.
- ¾ cup shredded Parmesan
- 1½ teaspoon garlic powder
- 1½ Italian seasoning
- Set up 3 large bowls or pans. Place chicken in the first bowl. Beat 2 eggs in middle bowl. And in the right bowl, mix together the Panko, Parmesan, garlic powder and seasoning.
- Pour enough olive oil into a skillet to cover the bottom and heat over medium-low.
- While skillet is heating up, sprinkle flour over the chicken to coat.
- Next, dip floured chicken in egg and cover completely. Add a third beaten egg, if needed.
- Then, dip chicken in the panko mixture and coat with the mixture.
- Once the oil in the skillet is hot, place the chicken in the pan--tongs work well for this. Do not turn the chicken until it is golden, crunchy brown.
- Brown the second side until chicken is cooked through. To be sure, remove a piece and cut through the chicken.
- Set up a plate lined with paper towels. Remove cooked chicken and place on paper towels.
- Discard unused egg and panko mixtures.