Kid-Friendly Food: Give Them What They Want
…but make it yourself!
Let’s face it. There are some foods that most kids want to eat: macaroni and cheese, hot dogs, pizza, chicken tenders, and the like. I have many a time bought these things for the sole reason that dinner won’t be a fight. But these things aren’t necessarily the healthiest of choices. So to help offset some of that unhealthiness, my solution is to make it myself. That way I can control what goes into the food. No preservatives. No unnecessary extras. Just yumminess.
These homemade chicken tenders are that: pure yumminess.
And if the idea of making your own chicken tenders is a little daunting, let me just tell you, this is the easiest way to fry delicious chicken.
Let me give you the cliff notes version of the recipe:
Step 1: Cut the chicken (or use actual chicken tenders)
Step 2: Soak chicken in buttermilk.
Step 3: Mix up some seasoned flour with a splash of buttermilk.
Step 4: Coat the chicken
Step 5: Fry the chicken
Step 6: Eat all the chicken
Really. You can do this. No triple dredging. But still totally delicious crunchiness.
Oh, and I fry them in coconut oil. So the oil that we do end up consuming is a good one. 🙂
from The Pioneer Woman
1 package Chicken Breasts, Cut Into Strips (sometimes called “tenders” or “strips”)
1-1/2 cup Flour
2 teaspoons (to 3 Teaspoons) Seasoning Salt
Coconut Oil or Vegetable Oil
Start by rinsing and drying your chicken strips. Next, in a bowl submerge the chicken strips in buttermilk for 15 to 20 minutes (or longer if you’d like).
In another bowl combine about 1 ½ cups flour and 2 to 3 teaspoons of Seasoning Salt. Mix this together well. Next, add about ¼ to ½ cup of buttermilk into the flour mixture and stir lightly with a fork as you add it.
Heat about 1 inch of coconut oil in a large skillet over medium-low to medium heat.
Remove a few of the buttermilk-soaked strips and place them in the flour mixture, turning them over to coat them thoroughly. Place them on a plate. Continue coating chicken strips until they are all ready to cook.
When the oil is sufficiently heated, begin cooking the strips a few at a time. Cook them for about a minute and a half or so on each side. When golden and crispy, remove them to a paper towel-lined plate.