November 16, 2011

Naked Chicken Tenders

I use my chicken seasoning (Chicken Scratch) each and every time I cook chicken. Whether I’m baking it, grilling it, frying it, sautéing it or putting it in ice cream, it gets a good coating of the seasoning.

But my very favorite way to use it is to coat chicken tenderloins and pan-fry them without breading… kind of like a naked chicken tender. Once cooked, you can use the tenderloins in so many dishes.

My VERY favorite way to serve these is in a Big Fat Salad (thankyouverymuch, Seinfeld) but they're also great with fettuccine alfredo or on their own with bleu cheese or ranch dressing for a dipping sauce.

Naked Chicken Tenders
1-2 tablespoons Chicken Scratch (recipe below)
1 pound chicken breast tenderloins
3-4 tablespoons vegetable oil

Using kitchen shears, cut the white tendon from each tenderloin. Or don’t. I just do it because they skeeve me out. Season tenderloins with Chicken Scratch.

Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Use enough oil so that the bottom of the skillet is thoroughly covered. Once your oil is good and hot, place about half the tenderloins in the skillet. Do not overcrowd the pan. These cook quickly so you’re not going to miss Christmas if you have to cook two batches. Cook about 4 minutes or until lightly browned on each side then remove from heat.

Let chicken rest about 10 minutes before cutting. I mean it!

Chicken Scratch
3 tablespoons salt
3 tablespoons paprika
3 tablespoons garlic powder
1 tablespoon dried thyme
1 tablespoon white pepper
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper*
1 tablespoon onion powder

Mix all ingredients together and store in an airtight container. I keep mine in a large used spice container that still has its shaker top for easy use. Season chicken or other poultry LIBERALLY with mix (this is made with less than 25% salt so you can rock it out!)

*if you prefer a Southwest vibe, use chili powder instead


Salad Suggestions:
Apple Pecan Chicken Salad
Romaine lettuce
Diced tart apples
Roasted pecans
Red Onions
Dried Cranberries
Bleu Cheese
Naked Chicken Tenders
Raspberry Vinaigrette or Bleu Cheese Dressing

Our Big Fat Salad
Romaine lettuce
Grape tomatoes
Boiled eggs
Cheddar cheese
Homemade Croutons
Naked Chicken Tenders
Ranch or Honey Mustard Dressing

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