09 September 2011

Chicken Tenders and Honey Mustard Dip

I lived on Chicken Tenders as a kid. It didn't matter what restaurant 
I went to with my family, me and my brother would always order Chicken 
Strips and Fries; Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. Although I clearly learnt to 
broaden my culinary taste buds, it's time I take a walk down memory
lane by creating a healthier version of my all-time favourite meal

Chicken Tenders
created by Snacking Squirrel

3/4 cup dry cereal flakes
1/2 cup brown rice cereal
(or use porridge flakes)
1/2 cup flax and fiber blend
(or sub 1 Tbsp flax seeds)
2 medium chicken breasts
1 large whole egg
1/2 medium lemon
2 tsp garlic powder
(or sub 1-2 garlic cloves)
1 tsp mustard powder
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon

Nature's Path Organic Millet Rice Oat Bran Cereal

NutraCleanse Gluten Free Flax Seed and Fiber Blend

Healthy Times Organic Whole Grain Brown Rice Cereal for Baby Children at heart :)

Baby Bunny with a big spoon!

Step One: place all your cereals into a bowl

Step Two: add in your spices and seasonings

Step Three: crush with your hands, or if you 
want a finely ground mix, use a food processor

HillsFoods Unmedicated Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast from Lifestyle Markets

Step Four: Cut chicken into chosen sizes: strips and/or nuggets 

Step Five: toss into a large Ziploc bag

Step Six: squeeze some lemon juice into the bag

Step Seven: crack an egg on top

Step Eight: seal Ziploc bag and shake/massage/mix thoroughly 

Step Nine: pour in your crushed dry cereal mixture

Step Ten: repeat step eight

Step Eleven: lay coated chicken tenders 
on a baking pan lined with parchment paper

Step Twelve: preheat oven and bake at 350 Fahrenheit for 20 minutes

Serve with my Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce below

Honey Mustard Dip
created by Snacking Squirrel

1/2 cup light mayo
1-2 Tbsp honey
1 Tbsp brown mustard
(and/or yellow mustard)
1 pinch paprika

Step One: simply whisk everything together and pour into a small bowl

Is it just me or do you also see a person shaped and formed on 
the top of the dip? It looks like a strange yoga man who is crossing
 his legs, and waving his arms across his head! Do you see it too?

Now here, it looks like his arms are crossed, hands resting on opposite knees!

Okay, let's stop watching the clouds dip take different
 shapes before anyone thinks we've "gone off our rocker" 

And if you don't eat meat and would like a
challenge, you could try making this with tofu!


Marianne (frenchfriestoflaxseeds) said... [reply]

Mmmm, chicken strips. I love a good chicken strip every now and then, especially homemade. Your breading technique is interesting ;) Love the honey mustard dip. I will definitely have to try that out for, well, anything!

Rob @ How to Cook Hero said... [reply]

You know, leaving your breading so "chunky" makes the whole thing look spectacular.

Great dip recipe, too.

Do you always eat organic?

Lauren said... [reply]

This sounds great!!! I love chicken tenders hee hee :)

Anonymous said... [reply]

Since they're healthier, I can have them for breakfast right? You're making me drool!
And it's only 8am :D

Anonymous said... [reply]

That's the cutest cereal ever! And if only I weren't so lazy (or if only I had a normal oven)... I'd love to try this recipe.

Emma said... [reply]

I <3 the shake and bake method! Though this way is obviously much better for you than the boxed coating. Chicken tenders were my go-to food in restaurants as a kid too...I mean you just can't go wrong.

Gotta try this!

Miri Leigh said... [reply]

These chicken tenders look delicious! What a great twist on a childhood favorite!

Chelsea said... [reply]

I love how you used cereals for the coating! That's such a great idea!

Tessa @ Amazing Asset said... [reply]

I used to be addicted to chicken tenders when I was younger... these look about a thousand times better than the ones I used to eat :)

Anonymous said... [reply]

I love honey mustard!! btw, im awarding you the butterfly blogger award :) http://lactosefreelizzie.wordpress.com/2011/09/10/you-give-me-butterflies/

Anonymous said... [reply]

This meal makes it ok to eat cereal for dinner! And the honey mustard dip looks amazing! I would have never thought to add mayo.

Hannah said... [reply]

Holy moly, you're so creative!! I don't know if I ever had chicken tenders growing up, but I did have chicken mcnuggets, so I reckon these would appeal to my inner child too :D

Jen @ Light Enough to Travel said... [reply]

Haha oh man. I am reminded why raw chicken grosses me out. You take wonderfully clear and well-composed pictures even when they're of absolutely revolting subject matter (IMHO). Even when I was a meat-eater, I could never do the raw chicken thing. Hopefully it was a tasty dinner for you, once you cooked it! :)

Cait's Plate said... [reply]

YUM! Those look so incredible. Chicken tenders + honey mustard is a combo you can't really beat :)

Jolene - EverydayFoodie said... [reply]

That honey mustard dip sounds so good! I really like that the chicken tenders can be made in a bag like that ... it saves on clean-up.

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