Cheesy Chicken Tenders

There is nothing better than fried chicken, unless maybe you add cheese.  We had these Cheesy Chicken Tenders the other night and the kids gobbled them up . . . I might have done some gobbling as well.  We served it with homemade mashed potatoes and cheesy chicken gravy, green salad, and homemade rolls.  We’re sorta fans of cheese.  You can fry these in a pan or bake them in the oven for a less fatty option, either way they are tasty.

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Cheesy Chicken Tenders Recipe

2 lbs boneless skinless chicken pieces
1 sleeve saltine crackers (or whatever crackers you have on hand)
1/2 t. pepper
2 t. salt
1/2 c. milk
2 c. shredded cheese, whichever is your favorite kind
cooking oil or cooking spray

  1. Crush crackers.  Add salt and pepper to crackers.
  2. Cut the chicken up into pieces about 2 inches long by 1 inch wide, like big chicken nuggets.
  3. Dip the chicken pieces into milk, then press into the cheese, then press into the cracker crumbs.  When you do this step you want to really smash the coating onto the chicken, in the process you will flatten the chicken pieces a bit, which will help them cook faster.

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To fry: Pour about a 1/2 inch of oil into the bottom of a hot skillet and fry over medium heat for about 7 minutes on each side or until the coating is dark golden brown and the chicken is cooked through.  You will need to do several batches.

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To bake: Lay the chicken pieces onto a baking sheet coated with non-stick spray.  Bake in the oven for 35 minutes at 400 deg F.  Flip the chicken over and bake for ten more minutes.

 

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