Monday, April 22, 2013

Corn Flake Crusted Chicken

As has been noted here previously, the Brave Astronaut clan is fond of the "breakfast for dinner" option - we have pancakes or french toast at least several times a month, if not once a week.  I spotted this recipe, which is filed under "breakfast for dinner."  A while back, Mrs. BA returned home with the boys from a trip to Target - where they had acquired a box of good, old, regular Kellogg's Corn Flakes.  The boys desperately wanted them.  Hey, better than Fruit Loops.

So now there are corn flakes in the house.  And chicken breasts.  A dinner problem, solved.  Recipe from Epicurious.

Cornflake-Crusted Chicken Tenders
Epicurious | February 2013
by Lindsay Landis & Taylor Hackbarth

The beloved breakfast cereal gives this kids' menu staple a bit of a makeover and takes it to new, crunchy, flavorful heights.
Yield: Makes 4 servings
Active Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

For Chicken
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt 
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper 
  • 2 large eggs 
  • 4 cups cornflakes, finely crushed (about 1 cup crushed) 
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley 
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder 
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill 
  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken tenders (about 20 tenders) 

For Dipping
  • 1/2 cup store-bought ranch dressing
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil and set a heatproof wire baking rack on top; spray rack lightly with cooking spray. 
  2. In a small bowl or shallow dish, season flour with 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper; whisk eggs in another shallow dish. In a third shallow dish, mix cornflakes with parsley, garlic, dill, the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon of pepper. 
  3. Dredge chicken in flour to coat, shaking off excess. Dip into egg and then into cornflake mixture, making sure entire surface is coated. Arrange on prepared baking rack. 
  4. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until golden brown and cooked through, flipping once during cooking. Serve with Buttermilk Ranch Sauce for dipping. 

A Frugal Trick: if you can't find or don't want to spend the extra money on chicken tenders, simply place a whole chicken breast between two layers of plastic wrap, pound it to an even 1/2-inch thickness, and slice it into strips.

Source Information From Breakfast for Dinner: Recipes for Frittata Florentine, Huevos Rancheros, Sunny-Side-Up Burgers, and More! by Lindsay Landis & Taylor Hackbarth, © 2013 Quirk Books Read

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