Chicken Tenders- make them ahead and freeze them!

If you enjoy having some pre-made “convenience” foods in your freezer, you can easily make extra for dinner tonight and freeze the leftovers.  I often hear moms who say, “I want to feed my children healthy foods, but all they want is chicken nuggets, and they are SOOO easy!”  I am a firm believer in feeding your children what you want them to eat…if that’s all you’re offering, they will eat it!  But, I digress (I’ll save that for another post =)  You can easily cut up some chicken breasts into tenders (or just buy tenders) and cook them up for your kids.  Use organic chicken, bake them instead of frying, use your homemade bread crumbs from your leftover whole wheat bread, and wow, now you have a healthy, frugal alternative to the overly processed mess from McDonald’s or the freezer section that you would be feeding your kids.  If you love having the convenience of nuggets in the freezer, ready to be heated up at a moment’s notice, set aside an hour and whip up a double or triple batch of tenders, bake them, cool them and freeze them!  You can pop out however many you need and simply reheat.

This is a great time for the kids to help cook. Set up an assembly line and go for it!

Chicken Tenders

1 1/2lbs chicken breasts
1 cup whole wheat flour
2 whole eggs, beaten with a fork
1/4 cup milk
2-3 cups bread crumbs

First, preheat your oven to 375.  Now, cut your breasts into tenders or smaller pieces if you want them to resemble nuggets.  Next, set up your assembly line!  In the first bowl, put your flour and mix in some salt and pepper.  In the next bowl, mix your eggs and milk together.  In the last bowl, put your bread crumbs in and mix in a little garlic and onion powder.  Now you can start assembling.  Take a piece of chicken, coat it with the flour and shake off any excess.  Dip it into the egg mixture bowl, then in the bread crumbs (roll it around to make sure it gets covered!).  You can spray your baking sheet with olive oil spray of you want to, but if the tenders are well coated with bread crumbs, they shouldn’t stick.  Sprinkle them with salt and pepper if desired, then bake at 375 for about 15 minutes.  They should be golden brown and cooked through.  If you want to freeze them, let them cool completely and then put into labeled freezer containers or freezer bags.

April 7, 2010 in Being Frugal, Cooking Fun!, Recipes
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