Kids love chicken nuggets? These baked chicken tenders are a GAME CHANGER. An easy go-to meal idea for crazy on-the-go weeknights.
Busy weeks ahead
I don’t know about you, but my life has been crazy busy as of late! Is it the new year? A full moon? Whatever the reason, the Mora clan is busy and I don’t see it slowing down anytime soon.
Although in many instances, this might seem like an opportune time to drop cooking and grab the take out menus, spending time together in the kitchen and at the table becomes an even higher priority for us amidst the chaos. Probably because without this special time, I wouldn’t have a full on conversation with any of my family members.
Of course, that being said, we don’t always make it to the table. In fact, last week we had one drive thru run. The week before, a reheated frozen pizza and popcorn chicken. We made it to the table in those instances, but cooking – it didn’t really happen.
Keeping it simple
The harsh reality is, we don’t always have our stuff together. Life sometimes gets in the way no matter how well we plan or think we have things under control. If you have these moments, and I’ll assume that you do, I don’t want you to feel bad about them. Do the best you can, course correct if needed, and move on. There’s always tomorrow right? And tomorrow is looking pretty bright if you ask me.
As I looked back at meals I wasn’t particularly proud of, I realized that I could probably upgrade our meal experiences with a few simple modifications. I’ve done it before with pizza, but what about popcorn chicken?
Both of these foods are considered “convenient,” but in reality, it doesn’t take that much additional time to make your own versions at home. So, I pulled out my cutting board and quickly got to work reimagining popcorn chicken.
Hands-on activity with the kids
If you are struggling to fit in quality family-time, working together in the kitchen may be a great solution. After all, you have to eat and get dinner on the table anyway – so why not spend some time working together? Consider it family team building time. This recipe is particularly easy to ask for helping hands with. Simply give each kiddo an assigned dip station – flour, egg, or breadcrumbs. Fun, yet simple tasks to keep little hands busy while you talk about your day.
- 12 chicken tenderloins
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 cup breadcrumbs
- 2 eggs
- Favorite dipping sauce (optional)
- Fresh or dry herbs (optional)
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Place flour, breadcrumbs, and eggs each in their own seperate shallow dish or bowl.
- Coat each chicken tenderloin with flour, followed by egg, and then breadcrumbs. Place on a parchment covered sheet pan.
- Place in the oven and bake for 25 minutes.
- Serve and enjoy!
Want to enjoy your chicken tenders even faster? Cut each tenderloin in half!
What are your go-to meals on busy weeknights?