Krispy Chicken Strips

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Hooray! Are you looking forward to the weekend as much as I do? I love how Fridays always bring a sense of excitement with them. Whether it’s the fact that people are in good moods, the thought of sleeping in or the simple sense of enjoying some free time, I simply love the feeling of it all. Also, when I was younger Fridays were the one night of the week on which the kids got to choose the evening activities and the food that was going to be served for dinner. We usually chose pizza or fish sticks and the occasional stop at McDonald’s was definitely on the list. Getting to pick our favorite movie or board game afterward was icing on the cake.

 

You see, growing up my parents almost never let us eat at any fast food restaurants. Only on special occasions like the end of the school year or the end of an extremely long car ride (if we behaved good) were rewarded with a special trip to a place of our choice. Even when it was our choice to pick the food on Fridays, rarely did my parents agree to go out for dinner. But on the rare occasion that they did, we almost always opted for McDonald’s since their Happy Meal option seemed like a no brainer to us. Food and a toy for dinner. It doesn’t get much better than that. Chicken Nuggets were my fave. Fast forward 15 years and it already becomes clear that I’m turning into my mom. McDonald’s for dinner on a Friday night? No, thank you. I still like to enjoy the occasional chicken nugget, but nowadays I prefer a healthier chicken strip, which is where the Krispy Chicken Strips come into play.

These juicy, crunchy, cheesy, and lighter chicken tenders put McDonalds’ chicken nuggets definitely in their place. Once you give these Krispy Chicken Strips a try, you will never go back. You won’t be able to taste the difference between fried and baked, promise. Here’s what your tenders will look like before they meet the oven.

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You can eat them plain with your favorite dipping sauce and a side or top them on any of your favorite pasta dishes and salads. I simply boiled some linguini noodles, cooked marinara sauce, topped them with the chicken strips and a good sprinkling of parmesan cheese. Absolutely sublime.

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I could eat these strips every single day. They’re extremely satisfying, comforting and versatile. What more could you ask for? Whether you choose to prepare strips or nuggets, make sure to prepare extra – they keep beautifully in the freezer for up to 3 months and make dinner planning, especially on a busy school night, super easy.

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I can’t think of a better meal to celebrate the beginning of the weekend. Did you do anything special with your family on Friday nights? I hope you have a wonderful start to your weekend and do something fun. I will be picking the final produce of our garden for this year and spruce up around the house with my hubby… and of course, watch football. See you Monday with another yummy recipe!

Krispy Chicken Strips
Juicy, crunchy, and cheesy Chicken Strips. Baked not fried.
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 lb. chicken tenderloins or chicken breasts, cut into strips
  2. 1/2 cup milk, plus 1 tablespoon
  3. 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  4. 1/4 teaspoon ground thyme
  5. 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  6. salt and pepper to taste
  7. 1 1/2 cups rice cereal
  8. 2 tablespoons finely grated Cheddar cheese
  9. 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
  10. 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  11. 1 egg 1/4 cup flour
Instructions
  1. 1. Put the chicken tenderloins in a bowl. Cut into half-inch chunks if you want to make chicken and nuggets and then put into a bowl. Mix together 1/2 cup milk, garlic, thyme, lemon juice, 1/4 teaspoon salt and some black pepper. Pour over chicken. Mix, cover and leave to marinate in the fridge for 4 hours or overnight.
  2. 2. Put the rice cereal in a plastic bag and crush with a rolling pin until reduced to fine crumbs (you can also use a food processor). Mix with the Parmesan, Cheddar and Paprika. Transfer to a large plate. Whisk the egg in a small bowl with the tablespoon of milk. Mix the flour with a little salt and pepper, and spread out on a large plate.
  3. 3. Remove the chicken strips (chunks) from the marinade, shaking off any excess. Toss in the seasoned flour, then dip in the egg and roll in the rice cereal coating.
  4. 4. Preheat oven to 350 F. Bake chicken strips for 20 minutes, turn halfway through.
Notes
  1. To freeze the strips or nuggets, follow all the steps in the directions. Let the chicken cool and freeze in freezer bags. Heat your oven to 350 F and place frozen strips or nuggets on a baking sheet. Put into oven and bake for 10-12 minutes or until hot.
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  1. Deanna Kittrell says:

    Quick question, what kind of rice cereal, like Rice Kripsies, or Rice Chex? Thanks!

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