Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Cornflake Chicken Tenders with Homemade Honey Mustard

I'm going to let you in on a little secret.  (But only because I like you so much.)  I... well, I've never been very good at following directions.  In grade school, I "earned" many a 50 because I completed one side of a worksheet beautifully but never bothered to turn it over.

And remember those "let's see if you're really following directions" activities?  Killer.  You'd get a mile-long list of short-answer questions, but the little paragraph at the top would say "Skip to number six trillion and two, and keep it to yourself."  The teacher always reminded us to read the instructions before starting, but do you think I listened?  No.  I'd practically give myself carpel tunnel trying to answer all the questions before the the timer went off.  And just as I'd sit up to wipe the sweat from my brow, I'd notice old Joe Blow kicked back in the corner with a smirk on his face and realize I'd been had.

I fell for it every.single.time.

I'd like to say that I've gotten better in my old age, but I haven't.  Like when I made these cornflake-crusted chicken tenders- I cooked them on a regular cookie sheet, even though the directions clearly say to bake them on a rack inside of a cookie sheet.  Ah, well.  They were still very tasty, even if they *weren't* quite as crispy as they were supposed to be.

I served them up with some homemade honey mustard, which was amazingly awesome.  I think my husband's exact words were, "You could practically dunk dog crap in this stuff and it'd taste delicious."  I wouldn't go quite that far, but it's definitely a keeper. 

Chicken Tenders
As seen on What's Cookin, Chicago?; Originally from Pennies on a Platter
Serves 4

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch strips
1/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
8 tablespoons (1/2 cup) butter, melted
2 cups finely crushed corn flakes cereal

1.  Adjust an oven rack to the middle position and heat the oven to 400˚F. Place an oven-safe cooling rack on a baking sheet and set aside.

2.  Combine the flour and spices in a small bowl; set aside. Place melted butter in another small bowl; set aside. Place the crushed cereal in a medium-sized bowl or pie plate.

3.  Dip the chicken pieces in the seasoned flour, then the butter, then the cereal. Place the coated chicken strips on the rack in the baking sheet.

4.  Bake the coated chicken pieces in the preheated oven for 20 – 25 minutes, until chicken is no longer pink. Serve with your favorite sauce.

Homemade Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce
An Ommy Noms Original
Serves 4

2 Tbsp mayonnaise
2 Tbsp Dijon mustard
3 Tbsp honey

1.  Combine all ingredients in a small bowl.  Refrigerate for at least one hour before serving.
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  1. I ventured out in the Iowa heat yesterday to buy a box of cornflakes for this recipe. Can't wait to make it; it looks yummy!

  2. Awesome- let me know how you like it!



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