One of the few chicken recipe I love – the amazing Tender Chicken Tenders Recipe.
What do you plan on fixing when your six-year-old grandson is coming to spend time with you, and you know he is kind of a picky eater? Well, you plan on fixing his favorites that’s what! And our grandson LOVES chicken nuggets and chicken tenders.
We decided that they would have to be tender on the inside and crispy on the outside, besides being the tastiest he had ever had. We knew how to do it, and how to give it an extra surprise of sweetness—honey! We did a practice run and patted ourselves on the back. These turned out so tender and delicious, with a light hand of homey herbs. The drizzle of honey really sent it over the top!
We just had to beat our competition: The Famous McDonald’s McNuggets, beloved by children of all ages. A long-standing favorite. We needed to Bring It! Could we do it? Did we have the right stuff?
Well duh, Yes! Since we wanted them to be the most tender and juicy (not dry, and not chewy or tough) he had ever had, we knew we wanted to brine it first. We wanted him to be able to sink his baby teeth into it with great delight—or something like that.
And when he sunk his little baby teeth into it, we wanted, were hoping for, him to say “Yum! Grandpa and Nana!” Or something close to that, indicating that we had scored our hard fought fight, and had given him flavorful food that scored a 10! And that he would remember the rest of his life.
Food that he would write home about to his mother—no, that’s another one of the grandkids that can do that (we have 9 and get them confused sometimes, especially when I’m writing a blog post and trying to be funny—yeah, I know, heavy on the “trying”. But you get the idea.
(Well, we have to tell you right now that he did really like it. Whew!)
But better yet, we wanted this whole experience to be memorable in a loving and fun way that lasted longer than it took for him to eat several very tender chicken tenders. So we discussed this prior to his arrival, and agreed with each other, “Why not ask him if he wanted to help us fix them and make it a fun cooking time together!”
As we discussed it, we wondered what he would say, because maybe he didn’t like to cook, or maybe he had never had the experience of cooking with his mom and would feel shy or something, cooking with us. We decided that Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained, so we would boldly, but gently, ask him if he would like to cook Tender Chicken Tenders with us. We rehearsed to make certain we got it all right.
The time came, and he arrived all full of expectations of a wonderful time with his Grandpa and Nana. This means—the time came for us To Deliver! We were ready. We bravely asked him if he would like to cook Tender Chicken Tenders with us…
We held our breath.
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1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut lengthwise in half 2 tbsp Kosher salt 1 tbsp sugar 1 qt. water ¼ tsp. Garlic powder ¼ tsp. Oregano, dried ¼ tsp. Basil, dried ¼ tsp. Thyme, dried ¼ tsp. Freshly ground black pepper 1 egg, beaten ½ cup Flour, all-purpose 2 tbsp olive oil ¼ cup honey for drizzling or dipping Try out our Tender Chicken Tenders Recipe and post your results below in the comments…
How to make Tender Chicken Tenders
1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut lengthwise in half
2 tbsp Kosher salt
1 tbsp sugar
1 qt. water
¼ tsp. Garlic powder
¼ tsp. Oregano, dried
¼ tsp. Basil, dried
¼ tsp. Thyme, dried
¼ tsp. Freshly ground black pepper
1 egg, beaten
½ cup Flour, all-purpose
2 tbsp olive oil
¼ cup honey for drizzling or dipping
Try out our Tender Chicken Tenders Recipe and post your results below in the comments…