Faux “Fried” Chicken Tenders and Sweet Potato Fries

Faux "Fried" Chicken Tenders with Sweet Potato Fries

Faux “Fried” Chicken Tenders and Sweet Potato Fries, Photo Credit: Accounting for Taste

Friends, meet the guilt-free version of chicken fingers french fries!  And it’s SO delicious – it’s sure to please both your inner child and your actual children. 🙂

Ingredients

For the chicken tenders:

  • 1- 1 1/2 lb. chicken breast tenderloins
  • 2 c. cornflake breadcrumbs (you can substitute panko breadcrumbs or even make a 1/2 cornflake and 1/2 panko breadcrumb mixture)
  • 2 c. flour
  • 2 eggs

For the sweet potato fries:

  • 2 large sweet potatoes
  • 1/4 c. olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • 1 Tbsp. salt
  • 1 Tbsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. chili powder

Directions

You’ll want to make the sweet potato fries first because they take longer to cook.

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Peel and cut the potatoes into french fry shapes pieces. Place in a large bowl and toss with olive oil.
  3. Sprinkle the cornstarch, salt, cinnamon, pepper, cumin, and chili powder on the fries and toss again to coat.
  4. Like a baking sheet with parchment paper and place the fries onto the baking sheet. Try to spread them out as much as possible. I wound up using two different baking sheets to fit all of the fries without crowding them. (Crowding them will cause them to steam as opposed to bake and get nice and crispy.)
  5. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes.

Once you pop the fries in the oven you can get started on the chicken tenders.  While the fries need about 30 minutes to cook, the chicken tenders only need to bake for around 15-2o minutes. This will work out perfectly because it only takes about 10 minutes to bread the chicken tenders.  So just as the french fry timer is down to “20 minutes” you’ll be popping the chicken tenders in the oven anyway! And everything will finish cooking at the same time! Hooray for great time management!

To make the chicken tenders:

  1. Set up your “breading station”.  You’ll want one plate with flour on it, a bowl with your (cracked and scrambled) raw eggs, and a plate with your breadcrumbs on it.
  2. Bread each chicken tender by first dredging it in the flour, then dipping it in the egg, and lastly coating it with the breadcrumbs.
  3. Line a baking pan with a wire rack. Coat the rack with a non-stick cooking spray. Place the breaded chicken tenders on the rack.
  4. Season the chicken tenders with salt and pepper. Place in the oven (which is already on at 425 degrees because the fries are in there baking) and bake the chicken tenders for 15-20 minutes.
  5. Service with dipping sauce of choice. Enjoy!

Quick dipping sauce idea: Honey Mustard (1/4 c. dijon mustard + 1/4 c. honey. BOOM.)

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Greek Chicken with Tomato, Zucchini, and Artichokes

I think I mentioned a few posts ago that I’ve been on a Mediterranean kick lately.  I love all the salty flavors in this dish: kalamata olives, artichoke hearts, and feta cheese.  It’s light, it’s fresh, and it’s a quick meal to throw together any night of the week.  Health perk: it’s just chicken and veggies!  No rice, pasta, or potatoes, so it’s calorie-friendly. There’s not even any butter in the dish – it’s all flavor and no guilt!  Here’s how to make it:

Greek Chicken with Tomatoes, Zucchini, and Artichokes. Photo Credit: Accounting for Taste

Greek Chicken with Tomatoes, Zucchini, and Artichokes. Photo Credit: Accounting for Taste

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 2 zucchini (medium to large)
  • 1 can quartered artichoke hearts, drained
  • 2 cups of grape tomatoes (roughly)
  • 1/2 c. kalamata olives, chopped
  • 1/2 of a lemon
  • 8 – 10 mint leaves, finely chopped
  • 4-5 Tbsp. olive oil (divided)
  • salt and pepper
  • Feta cheese (to garnish)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  While the oven preheats, drizzle 2-3 Tbsp. of olive oil in the bottom of a 9×13 pan and set aside.
  2. Chop the zucchini as desired, really.  I cut mine into about 3-inch long sticks but you can just as easily cut the zucchini any way you prefer to eat it. Add the zucchini to the 9×13 pan.
  3. Add the tomatoes, artichoke hearts, and kalamata olives to the 9×13 pan as well.
  4. Nestle the chicken thighs into the 9×13 pan, amongst the veggies.  Season everything with some salt and pepper.
  5. Drizzle 2-3 Tbsp. of olive oil on top of the chicken and veggies in the pan.  Sprinkle the chopped mint leaves on top of everything.
  6. Squeeze the juice of half a lemon over the entire mixture in the pan.  Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through.
  7. Remove the pan from the oven and allow to cool for 4-5 minutes.  Plate each serving and sprinkle with feta to garnish. Serve immediately.
My chopped zucchini (if you're interested.)

My chopped zucchini (if you’re interested.)

All of the ingredients, nice and nestled in the pan.

All of the ingredients, nice and nestled in the pan.

All of the ingredients, nice and nestled in the pan.

The finished product!

 

The finished product. Enjoy!

Enjoy!