Contest is closed - the winner is Kim from Stirring the Pot! Congrats Kim!
I remember the day I brought my daughter home from the hospital. I was elated and excited - and scared to death. No matter how many books you read or how many classes you take, you can never really be prepared for that moment that you realize that you are a mom and that you are in charge of the life of another human being.
As your child grows up, you realize that some things come naturally, some things you run to your mom, sister or best friend for answers, and other times - your child will leave you scratching your head, not knowing what in the world you are supposed to do.
Before I had any kids, I had this idea in my head that I would never have one of what I call "chicken nugget" kids. You know the kind - the ones that will only eat one food and no matter what the rest of the family is eating, that child has his or her chicken nuggets (or whatever the food may be!) I was going to have a well-rounded child that was a good eater. And, really, for the most part, I've been pretty lucky. At 1, she was eating anything - from enchiladas to egg rolls. But as she's gotten older, her eating habits have definitely changed. And this week - at almost 22 months - all I can get my daughter to eat are goldfish crackers, toast, and fruit snacks. Oh, and chocolate - she'll rarely turn down chocolate!
So baffled at what I am supposed to do, I decided to make her chicken fingers for dinner. Every child likes chicken fingers, right? As I was cooking, I was writing this blog post in my head about how as a child, it was always a treat to get chicken fingers, and how I was finally able to get my child to eat something besides goldfish crackers and fruit snacks. And all the words from that blog post went down the drain as she spit them right out. I sure am hoping that this is just a stage that she will quickly get over!!
But don't let her be the judge of the taste of these chicken fingers. I love making chicken fingers with panko bread crumbs, because you can bake them in the oven and still get the crunch that usually only comes with frying! This is a chicken finger dinner you can feel good about feeding your children!
Oven Fried Chicken Tenders
adapted from Progresso.com
1.25 pounds chicken tenders or chicken breasts, cut into strips*
1/4 cup flour
1 tablespoon water
1 cup Progresso Panko bread crumbs
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
salt and pepper
Preheat the oven to 425F. Line a baking sheet with foil, then put a baking rack on top. Spray the baking rack with cooking spray.
In one shallow dish, place the flour. In a second shallow dish, mix the egg and the water. In a third shallow dish, place the panko bread crumbs, the Parmesan and salt and pepper.
Dip each chicken strip into the flour, then the egg mixture, then the bread crumb mixture. Place on the cooling rack. Spray lightly with cooking spray.
Bake in the preheated oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until no longer pink and the coating is golden brown.
*Chicken tenders are usually so much more expensive than chicken breasts, so I'll just take each breast and cut it into strips. Depending on the size of the breast, you can usually get 3-4 strips per breast.
---------------------------------Giveaway time!! CONTEST CLOSED
If you have never cooked with Panko bread crumbs before, you really need to give them a try! Head over to Progresso's website for a coupon for $1 off any Panko bread crumb flavor. And check out how you can win a trip for 2 to Napa to join Chef Michael Chiarello for a food-filled weekend!
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