A crunchy coating from a snacktime favorite is sure to win big with the kids--especially when paired with a creamy garlic dip. Honey mustard would be good, too.
5 tablespoons yellow cornmeal, divided
1/4 cup 1% low-fat milk
3 teaspoons Dijon mustard, divided
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 cup finely crushed unsalted pretzel twists
3/4 teaspoon garlic powder, divided
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
8 chicken breast tenders (about 1 1/4 pounds)
2 teaspoons canola oil
1/4 cup canola mayonnaise
1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 375°.
Place 4 tablespoons cornmeal in a shallow dish. Combine milk, 2 teaspoons mustard, and egg in a separate shallow dish, stirring with a whisk. Combine pretzels, remaining 1 tablespoon cornmeal, 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder, sugar, 1/8 teaspoon salt, and pepper in a third shallow dish, stirring with a whisk. Lightly dredge chicken in cornmeal, dip in milk mixture, and dredge in pretzel mixture, pressing gently to coat thoroughly. Lightly coat chicken with cooking spray.
Heat a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add chicken; cook 3 minutes or until browned. Turn chicken over, and place pan in oven. Bake at 375° for 7 minutes or until done.
While chicken cooks, combine mayonnaise, yogurt, chives, lemon juice, remaining 1 teaspoon mustard, remaining 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, and remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt in a medium bowl, stirring with a whisk. Serve sauce with tenders.
I couldn't find unsalted pretzels (do they really make that?) so I just knocked most of the salt off the ones I had. They made a very nice crust. It didn't flake or slide off once you transferred it to the frying pan or when I flipped the chicken before putting it in the oven. The garlicky dipping sauce was sooooo good! I served the chicken with buffalo cauliflower so I had some extra Frank's Hot Sauce in case someone wanted to use that to dip the chicken. My teen loved that! I loved dipping it in both the Frank's and the garlic.
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