Thursday, August 5, 2010

Italian Style Chicken Tenders - Baked


1 lb. chicken tenders (or boneless, skinless chicken breast cut into strips)
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup Italian bread crumbs
1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp Italian seasoning
Butter or olive oil Pam spray

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Rinse chicken and put in gallon size ziplock bag with buttermilk. Seal and refrigerate for an hour. It's not absolutely necessary to marinade chicken but it keeps it moist and gives it a little tang from the buttermilk. 

In a shallow plate or bowl, mix together all bread crumbs and seasoning. Remove chicken from buttermilk and dip to coat in breading mixture. Place chicken on baking rack on top of baking sheet. Spray chicken with Pam spray which helps it brown.

Cook for 18 minutes or longer depending on size of chicken until cooked through. Switch the oven to broil and cook another 3-5 minutes until the top is brown and crispy. Remove and serve with your favorite dipping sauce or marinara.

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