Photo: Oxmoor House
Hands-on Time
19 Mins
Total Time
31 Mins
Serves 4 (serving size: 3 chicken breast tenders)

Most kids are hooked on breaded chicken of some sort. So here's a pan-fried version that's much healthier than drive-through or frozen-food options. Using chicken breast tenders makes these look like fast food, but you'll feel so much better about feeding them to your kids. The crispy, crunchy panko breadcrumbs lend incredible texture.

How to Make It

Step 1

Sprinkle chicken with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Place eggs in a shallow bowl. Combine panko and cheese in another shallow bowl. Dip chicken in egg; dredge in breadcrumb mixture.

Step 2

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon oil; swirl to coat. Add half of chicken; cook 3 to 4 minutes on each side or until browned and done. Remove from pan. Repeat procedure with remaining oil and chicken. Sprinkle with parsley, and serve with lemon quarters, if desired.

Chef's Notes

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Ratings & Reviews

A quick and satisfying DIY dish

March 31, 2016
This is a really nice recipe.  I find using boneless chicken breasts and preparing them myself is much cheaper than buying frozen bags of breaded fingers -- healthier and tastier, too.  Instead of using whole beaten eggs, I like to use just the egg whites.  I think it makes the breading crispier, less eggy.  Who needs the extra cholesterol, right?  

kallen18's Review

July 16, 2013
Probably could have gotten away with just one egg (threw most of it away after breading was complete). Took a bit longer to cook through and get a nice golden crust. Very good reheated. Kid-friendly. Used a combination of canola mayonaise and sriracha as a dipping sauce.

laurenb80's Review

September 10, 2012

CarolDeMers's Review

August 29, 2012
Delicious! I served this for a large family dinner and had MANY compliments, including from young adult males who are very picky eaters. I had several requests to fix this again and I plan to. It was quick and easy.