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Golden Crispies: A Fun Twist on Chicken Tenders


Craving crispy, golden chicken that's bursting with flavor? Look no further than these irresistible Golden Crispies! This recipe offers a fun twist on the classic chicken tender, swapping out the usual breadcrumb coating for a delightful crunch of crushed roasted cornflakes. Perfect for a weeknight meal, these bite-sized delights are sure to be a hit with kids and adults alike.

Why You Should Make Golden Crispies:

  • Kid-Approved Fun: The playful cornflake coating adds a delightful textural contrast and a touch of sweetness that kids will love.
  • Easy Weeknight Win: This recipe requires minimal prep work and cooks up quickly, making it a perfect solution for busy weeknights.
  • Flavorful Twist: The combination of savory chicken, a hint of sweetness from the cornflakes, and a crispy coating creates a flavor explosion in every bite.
  • Customizable: Feel free to experiment with different types of crushed cereals or crackers for a variety of textures and flavors.

Ingredients for Your Golden Adventure:

  • The Star of the Show:
    • 1 boneless, skinless chicken breast: This is the base for your crispy treats.
  • The Crunchy Coating Symphony:
    • 2 cups roasted cornflakes: These crushed flakes will provide the delightful crunch and a hint of sweetness.
    • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour: This helps the egg adhere to the chicken and creates a base for the cornflake coating.
    • 2 large eggs, beaten: The egg wash binds the flour and cornflakes to the chicken.
    • A sprinkle of salt adds a flavor boost.
    • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper: Adds a touch of warmth.
  • Cooking Essentials:
    • Extra virgin olive oil: For frying the chicken to crispy perfection.
  • Optional Dipping Delights:
    • Ketchup: A classic dipping sauce that pairs perfectly with crispy chicken.
    • Pitted black olives: Chopped black olives add a salty and briny element to the dipping sauce, creating a more complex flavor profile.

Step-by-Step Guide to Golden Bliss:

  1. Prep for Perfection: Prepare the Chicken: Begin by washing and patting dry your boneless, skinless chicken breast. Cut the chicken breast into thin strips of uniform size. This ensures even cooking and maximizes the crispy surface area. Season the chicken strips generously with salt and pepper, coating them evenly for a burst of flavor in every bite.
  2. The Coating Symphony: Flour Power: In a shallow dish or bowl, add the 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour. Dredge the seasoned chicken strips in the flour, ensuring they are lightly coated on all sides. This step helps the egg wash adhere and creates a base for the cornflake coating.
  3. Egg Wash Magic: Eggcellent Breading: In another shallow dish or bowl, whisk together your two large eggs. Beat them until well combined and a uniform yellow color. One by one, dip the floured chicken strips into the egg wash, letting any excess drip off before moving on to the next step.
  4. Crunchy Cornflake Coating: Crunch Time: Prepare your crushed cornflakes. You can achieve this by placing them in a plastic bag and crushing them with a rolling pin or using a food processor for a finer consistency. Gently press the egg-washed chicken strips into the crushed cornflakes, ensuring they are completely coated. This step is where the magic happens, creating the signature crispy and flavorful exterior.
  5. Golden Fry: Heat It Up: In a large skillet or pan, heat enough extra virgin olive oil over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot (around 350°F or 175°C), carefully add the chicken strips in batches to avoid overcrowding the pan. Fry the chicken for 2-3 minutes per side, or until golden brown and cooked through.
  6. Rest and Enjoy: Crispy Perfection: Once golden brown, remove the chicken strips from the pan and transfer them to a plate lined with paper towels to drain any excess oil. Give them a short break on a paper towel-lined plate before digging in. This allows the chicken to finish cooking internally and ensures a crispy exterior.
  7. Serving Suggestions: Dip It Good: Serve your Golden Crispies warm with your favorite dipping sauces like ketchup, honey mustard, or BBQ sauce. You can also get creative and experiment with different flavored dipping sauces to suit your taste preferences.

Optional Dipping Sauce Twist:

For a more sophisticated dipping sauce, try this quick and easy recipe:

  • In a small bowl, combine ½ cup ketchup with 2 tablespoons of chopped pitted black olives. Stir in 1 tablespoon of olive oil and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice (optional) for a tangy kick. Don't forget to adjust the salt and pepper to your liking for the perfect balance. This creates a delicious and slightly elevated dipping sauce that complements the sweet and savory flavors of the Golden Crispies.

Tips and Tricks:

  • Don't Crowd the Pan: When frying the chicken, avoid overcrowding the pan. This will cause the oil temperature to drop, resulting in greasy chicken instead of crispy perfection. Don't overcrowd the pan, fry in batches for crispy perfection.
  • Cook Through, Not Burnt: Keep an eye on the chicken while frying. You want them to be golden brown and cooked through, but not burnt. If you're unsure about the doneness, cut into a thicker piece to check the internal temperature. Make sure the chicken cooks all the way through to a safe internal temperature of 165°F (74°C).
  • Alternative Cooking Methods: If frying isn't your preferred method, you can also bake these Golden Crispies. Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C) and lightly grease a baking sheet. Follow the same steps for coating the chicken, then place the strips on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown and cooked through, flipping them halfway through for even cooking.
  • Spice It Up!: Feeling adventurous? Add a kick of flavor by incorporating a teaspoon of paprika or cayenne pepper into the flour mixture in step 2. This will add a subtle smokiness or a touch of heat, depending on your spice preference.
  • Leftover Love: Leftover Golden Crispies can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat them in a preheated oven at 375°F (190°C) for a few minutes until warmed through and crispy.

So ditch the ordinary and embrace the fun with these irresistible Golden Crispies! They're the perfect weeknight meal that's sure to please everyone at the table.