These next words may get me in trouble given that I happen to live in the South, where golden brown, crispy fried chicken is a culinary staple, but these oven-baked chicken tenders are just as tasty, flavorful and texturally-fantastic as their fried counterparts.
The trick is the light coating of herbs, Parmesan and panko – or Japanese-style bread crumbs – which creates the required crunch (without the fat and grease of oil and chicken skin) and helps keep the chicken moist and juicy while it cooks. The result is an out-of-this-world little chicken nibble, that’s healthier and actually easier to make. No giant vat of splattering cooking oil here, folks. Try them alongside my classic buttermilk blue cheese dressing, or pair them with your other favorite dips or sauces.