Barbecue Chicken Tenders

  • Active Time 40m
  • Total Time 1h 30m

about 24 tenders

These crispy chicken “wings,” made with boneless, skinless chicken breast tenders, stay crispy with only a light coating of oil — no deep-frying needed. Serve as an appetizer or try them for dinner with crunchy vegetables and dip on the side.

ingredients

  • 1 cup prepared barbecue sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 1/2 pounds chicken tenders (see Tip)
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 3/4 cups coarse dry breadcrumbs, preferably whole-wheat (see Tip)
  • Olive oil or canola oil cooking spray

directions

Combine the barbecue sauce, mustard and honey in a large bowl. Set aside 1/2 cup of the sauce in a small bowl. Cut any large chicken tenders in half lengthwise, then add all the tenders to the large bowl with the remaining sauce; stir to coat. Marinate in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Coat a large rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray.

Combine the flour, salt and pepper in a shallow dish. Lightly beat the eggs in another shallow dish. Place the breadcrumbs in a third shallow dish. Coat each tender in flour, shaking off any excess. Dip in egg and let any excess drip off. Then roll in the breadcrumbs, shaking off any excess. Place the tenders on the prepared baking sheet. Generously coat both sides of each tender with cooking spray.

Bake for 10 minutes. Turn each tender over and continue baking until the outside is crisp and the tenders are cooked through, about 10 minutes more. Serve with the reserved sauce for dipping.

Tip: <br>Ingredient Note: We like Ian’s brand of coarse dry whole-wheat breadcrumbs, labeled “Panko breadcrumbs.” Find them in the natural-foods section of large supermarkets. To make your own breadcrumbs, trim crusts from firm sandwich bread. Tear the bread into pieces and process in a food processor until coarse crumbs form. (To make fine dry breadcrumbs, process until very fine). Spread on a baking sheet and bake at 250 degrees F until dry, about 10 to 15 minutes. One slice of bread makes about 1/3 cup dry breadcrumbs. Chicken tenders are the lean strips of rib meat typically found attached to the underside of chicken breasts. They can also be purchased separately. Four 1-ounce tenders will yield a 3-ounce cooked portion. Tenders are perfect for quick stir-fries, chicken satay or kid-friendly breaded “chicken fingers.”

Recipe reprinted by permission of Publisher. All rights reserved.

RecID 10204

nutrition information per serving

67 calories; 0g total fat; 0g total saturated fat; 28mg cholesterol; 141mg sodium; 0g carbohydrates; 1g fiber; 8g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

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