Chicken Tenders (Cutlets & Nuggets)

Q. What is your recipe for my kid's favorite meal....chicken fingers (or nuggets)? C.R.

A. Here is my favorite recipe for chicken fingers....also works for chicken cutlets, nuggets and tenders.


Two skinned and boned chicken breast halves
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
¾ teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 egg, beaten
2 cups Panko breadcrumbs - more as needed
Oil for frying

Slice chicken into cutlets or tenders as demonstrated (VIDEO BELOW).  Combine flour, salt, pepper and cayenne.  Dredge chicken breast cutlets in flour mixture, dip in egg then in Panko.  Allow to dry for 10 minutes or so then fry in hot oil.  Drain on paper towels and serve.

These also freeze well.

I like to serve as an appetizer with honey mustard .
Other suggestions: 
  •  Add grated Parmesan to breadcrumbs and serve with warm tomato sauce
  •  Add grated ginger to beaten eggs and serve with Chinese plum sauce
  •  Add Tabasco to beaten eggs and serve with blue cheese dressing 
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