Crispy, crunchy + full of italian flavor, these healthy baked chicken tenders are kid-friendly, mom approved and an easy recipe the whole family will love. Super Seed + Ancient Grain Italian Baked Chicken Tenders are the perfect fried chicken alternative to add to your weeknight menu.
Michael and I have pretty much been eating the same 5 meals the past couple months, so he was excited too. HA. 😉
I’m not sure why, but chicken tenders immediately popped into my head. Pretty random since I basically never eat them.
I’ve always thought of chicken tenders as greasy, fried and at a sweaty sports game.
Not the most appetizing image… which is why I had to upgrade them!
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Super Seed + Ancient Grain Italian Baked Chicken Tenders (!!!!)
I was browsing the aisles of Trader Joes one afternoon (what else is new?) and I came across this super seed + ancient grain blend that I knew would come in handy for multiple recipes.
Originally, I planned on simply adding it to my coffee banana smoothies or carrot cake overnight oatmeal for an extra fiber boost.. but then I was like WAIT. How amazing would it be to add it to chicken tenders and pretty much make chicken into a superfood?
OK.. so maybe that’s not exactly how it works.
But that’s how it went down in my head.
Michael and I have a pretty similar taste when it comes to food, but I’m always looking for ways to sneak some extra fiber, veggies and nutrients into our meals. Kind of like how you sneak veggies into your kids smoothies. That’s me in this situation — HA.
This seemed like the perfect way to combine his love of fried chicken (specifically the spicy chicken sandwich from Chick-fil-A) and my love for all things fiber + nutrition.
I haven’t seen a recipe like this before, so I was a little worried it would turn south, BUT it actually came out PERFECTLY. And on the first try!
FYI: That pretty much never happens when you’re recipe developing. Safe to say I did a happy dance 🙂
For this recipe you will need:
This recipe follows the same basic three-step process like any chicken tender recipe.
You’ll have your flour, egg wash and coating.
So what makes these healthy baked chicken tenders special?
Marinating them overnight or 2-3 hours ahead of time!
I marinated the chicken tenders in an italian dressing overnight and you can truly taste a difference with the final product!
After marinating the chicken tenders you’ll toss them in some flour until coated, drop them in an egg wash (one egg mixed with 2 tbsp water) and then in your yummy bread crumb + super seed mixture!
These healthy chicken tenders crisped right up and made for the perfect treat!
I hope you all enjoy!
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SUPER SEED ANCIENT GRAIN HEALTHY BAKED CHICKEN TENDERS