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Kid Food: Organic Chicken Panko Tenders

In Baby Love, Food, Recipes on May 17, 2011 at 4:30 pm

As much as I’d love to tell you that my toddler will eat anything we put in front of him, that is so, so very far from the truth. Like most kids, his comfort zone at restaurants is chicken tenders—those crispy fried sodium bombs kids love to drown in ketchup. Getting him to eat good, healthy protein can be a challenge. So I thought I’d try my hand at chicken tenders at home, where I could control the quality of the ingredients. These are baked, not fried and 100% organic. I use Mary’s organic chicken tenders from our local Whole Foods, Edward & Sons Organic Panko breadcrumbs, and unsalted organic butter. (Yup, that’s ketchup on the side and the fact that it’s “organic” hardly constitutes a health food, but it’s better than the alternative.) They couldn’t be easier. You just need to plan about 1/2 hour ahead to get the oven to come up to temp, but assembly takes 2 minutes and baking an additional 15 mins, then allowing them to cool for another 5 mins.

Chicken Panko Tenders


Strips of organic chicken tenders

Softened organic butter

Organic panko breadcrumbs

Freshly cracked pepper

Preheat oven to 475 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a bowl, brush chicken tenders on both sides with softened butter. Sprinkle panko on a separate plate and crack a little fresh pepper over. Stir to blend. Dredge buttered chicken in panko until evenly coated.

Place on baking sheet and bake (turning once) until crispy and golden, about 15 minutes total. Optional: serve with organic ketchup and steamed sweet potato.

  1. I love this post. I have a feeling it rings true for lots of moms. A couple of proteins my son will eat–and loves–are tofu and Trader Joe’s Cuban-style black beans. For the tofu, I buy an organic firm block then cut into pieces, drizzle a little soy sauce over it and nuke it for 30 seconds. I know the soy sauce has sodium, but it’s a trade-off that’s worth it so he eats protein.

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