Chicken Tenders(Snitel de pui)
Chicken Tenders.... This is a really simple recipe for chicken tenders or known as snitel de pui in Romanian You can use this recipe to make Chicken Parmigiana as well...just don't cut the chicken breast into strips.
This is a perfect recipe to make and freeze for a later day. You can easily play around with seasoning... add some Parmesan to the bread crumbs and even some dried coconut. Of course, you can use the same method to make shrimp as well. I don't make this very often due to the fact that you have to deep fry it. I am sure you can bake it as well...you just won't have that fried flavor. But it would be better for you, that's for sure! This is one of those recipes that my mom would make for us while growing up...it brings back wonderful memories.
Yield: 10 Ready in 50 minutes
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Chicken Tenders(Snitel de pui) Preparation
Cut chicken breasts into strips. Season with salt/pepper, onion powder and lemon juice. You can also season it with other herbs of your choice. But, I did a simple kid friendly version. You will need to process some fresh sliced bread in a food processor. You will need about 4 cups fresh bread crumbs. It is at this point that you can add some Italian herbs to the bread crumbs(optional). Place bread crumbs in a shallow dish. Set aside. Beat eggs and place in a shallow dish. You can sprinkle a pinch of salt and pepper if you like. Set aside. Place flour in a shallow dish. Bring the bread crumbs, beaten eggs and flour in close proximity.Take a chicken strip and dredge in flour.Dip the floured chicken into the beaten egg and cover completely.Let drain and place in the fresh bread crumbs.Shake off excess bread crumbs and place on a plate(or a parchment lined cookie sheet).Do the rest of the chicken strips in the same manner.In a heavy pot, add enough oil(about 1-2 inches) to be able to fry the chicken strips. Heat oil to about 35o-375 degs. Place chicken strips in hot oil and fry till golden.Place on paper towels to drain. Serve with your favorite sauce. You can freeze these chicken tenders and then reheat in the oven.
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