Thursday, November 12, 2009

necessity is the mother of what?!

Delicious chicken tenders, that's what!

I'm working my way through the deep freeze. I typically try to keep it well stocked with beef and pork we purchase from our neighbors who still butcher, as well as convenience things for the kids...chicken nuggets, corn dogs, and all kinds of bulk things I can find at Sams Club. Lately though, for reasons both practical (trying to use it up before it goes bad) and financial (John's paydays were changed to every-other-week as we adjust to the new budget, we can't run to the grocery quite as often) I've been trying to get a little more creative with the meats we have on hand.
Today I set a half-dozen chicken breasts out to thaw, and began wondering what I could make that would please most of the crowd. John and I LOVE chicken breasts...grilled, baked, marinated, whatever, but the kids...well they prefer the nugget.
I happened upon this recipe for oven baked chicken tenders. Thought it sounded a little "grown up" in that the parts wouldn't be shaped like extinct creatures, and hoped the kids would love it too. Boy did they! (Sam said he was "in love!") I cut the chicken breasts into bite-size pieces (more like popcorn chicken size) and followed the directions (mostly.) Of course I didn't have any bread crumbs on hand, so I substited crumbled Ritz crackers. YUMMY! Can you say, "all gone!" (both cookie sheets full!)
And to think, we thought chicken pieces came only from a box. hee, hee. ENJOY!


Beth said...

I am definitely trying this...I was just telling someone that the only protein I can get my 3-yr. old to eat are chicken nuggets. At least I'd know there is REAL chicken in these little nuggets! Your extinct comment made me laugh...the ones we're currently going through right now are animal shaped, as well. Thanks for the recipe!

Stacy said...

I think that's awesome that you can come up with different ideas with things in your freezer to be able to use food up so it doesn't go to waste. I have 2 bags of breaded wings in my freezer that we bought from different places (we were trying to find some good wings...we found out that Gordons Food Supply in Lima has the best). Anyways, I have 2 bags in the freezer from other places that weren't so good and nobody wants to eat them now. I hate to let them go to waste. Anybody have any ideas on what I could do with these?