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Baked Graham Cracker Chicken Tenders

This recipe for baked graham cracker chicken tenders is perfect for a kids’ dinner or an adult snack! Easy and delicious!

This recipe for baked graham cracker chicken tenders is perfect for a kids' dinner or an adult snack!

The first time I had a chicken tender was probably at a fast-food restaurant with golden arches (you know which one I’m talking about.) I probably loved it too.  That was a very long time ago.

And a lot has changed since then. The restaurant I mentioned above recently began a campaign talking about where their food comes from and how its made.

All it did for me was make me want to keep cooking at home.  Don’t get me wrong, I love going out to eat.  And not just fancy restaurants – I’m a big fan of the local diners too. But its going to take some kind of crazy for me to get those chicken tenders, even after watching all of their videos.  (Though I may grab a cheeseburger now and again…)

This recipe for baked graham cracker chicken tenders is perfect for a kids' dinner or an adult snack!

Baked Graham Cracker Chicken Tenders

After making my s’mores brownies, I still had a bunch of leftover graham cracker crumbs.  I also had some chicken.  Baked graham cracker chicken tenders happened, and they were delicious.

They were also pretty easy to make. I combined all of the dry ingredients in a plastic bag, sealed it and then shook it (like a polaroid picture.)  After dredging the chicken pieces in egg I threw them in the bag, tossed again and voila!

Once out of the oven, you need to let them cool off a little bit but then you can get to dipping.  I usually go with a trio of bbq sauce, blue cheese dressing, and mustard.  But you don’t have to stop there – take out the ranch, mustard and honey too!

This recipe for baked graham cracker chicken tenders is perfect for a kids' dinner or an adult snack!

Graham Cracker Chicken Tenders

Graham Cracker Chicken Tenders

This recipe for baked graham cracker chicken tenders is perfect for a kids' dinner or an adult snack! Easy and delicious!

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds chicken, fat trimmed and cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 2 large eggs, beaten

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and line a cookie sheet with foil.
  2. In a plastic bag, combine the graham cracker crumbs, salt and pepper. Take 4-5 pieces of chicken and dredge them in the egg. Put them in the bag and toss the chicken pieces in the graham cracker pieces. Remove them from the bag and put the chicken on the cookie sheet. Repeat with all of the chicken pieces.
  3. Bake for 25 minutes or until the chicken is cooked all the way through.
  4. Serve with dipping sauces

Notes

You can substitute black pepper for the white pepper.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 553Total Fat: 58gSaturated Fat: 17gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 38gCholesterol: 71mgSodium: 111mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 0gSugar: 2gProtein: 1g

Looking for more fun dinner ideas? Try this loaded burrito bowl recipe or this cheesy tomato pasta skillet.

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Robert Dempley III

Wednesday 6th of April 2016

Thank you very much for this great idea! I made this for dinner tonight for my 14 yr old daughter and I. I made it exactly per the instructions. Our reaction was "it's different". It didn't taste "bad", but it tasted like it was missing something. Adding a little extra salt & pepper helped but it still seemed to lack seasoning. I thought that mixing in a packet of ranch dressing mix in with the dredge would have livened it up. Or maybe even a couple pinches of cayenne & sugar to give it a little spice & sweetness. but that might be something for more mature tastes, instead of let's say, making it for a child. If I ever experiment with it again I will probably go with the ranch mix. Once again, this was a great idea and although it wasn't quite what I was expecting, it was still a good change for our pallets.

Best Regards,

Rob Dempley

Jenny

Wednesday 6th of April 2016

Thank you for your detailed feedback Rob!

Carrie

Friday 22nd of May 2015

These were great! I used chicken breasts and cooked them on a rack. Perfectly moist chicken with a crispy, but not too sweet, crust! 1-yr-old and 3-yr-old loved them.

Jenny B

Monday 25th of May 2015

I'm so glad you and your kids liked them! Have a great day!

Christie

Tuesday 3rd of February 2015

I am so intrigued by the graham crackers. What a fabulous idea to put on chicken tenders. We rarely eat them but I have been having a huge craving for them. I can't wait to try them this way.

Jenny B

Tuesday 3rd of February 2015

They are very yummy, and easy to make too!

Jameson Fink

Tuesday 3rd of February 2015

What a unique use for graham cracker crumbs. I'd probably toss a little cayenne in there for some heat.

Jenny B

Tuesday 3rd of February 2015

Yum, that sounds like a good addition!

Veronica Lee

Monday 10th of November 2014

I know my family will love this! I pinned this - https://www.pinterest.com/pin/544091198706682157/

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