Friday, March 28, 2008

FNB-Waste not, want not

Sweet Pea R is a cereal addict. He looooves him the Mango Granola Cereal from Trader Joe's:If it were up to him, he would have this cereal every morning, without fail. Recently I have been trying to help him branch out a bit more and this cereal made its way into our grocery cart:
No Field of Dreams for the Sweet Pea family. The flakes are beyond crispy, they are borderline gravel.

Instead of pitching the cereal (SPH is in school, after all), I fished out the berries and we're turning it into the coating for our homemade chicken tenders tonight. Here's a quick and easy recipe for taking whatever cereal, cracker or pretzel you have in your pantry into a really healthy and tasty dinner.

Tender Chicken Tenders
Approximately 1 pound of boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into tender pieces
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/4 c milk
1/2 c flour
1/4 t salt and pepper
2 c crushed cereal, crackers or pretzels
1/2 t onion powder
1/2 t paprika
1/2 t salt
1/2 t pepper

In three large, shallow bowls place the following: in bowl #1, mix the egg and milk. In bowl #2, mix the flour and 1/4 t salt and pepper. In bowl #3, mix the crushed items and remaining ingredients.

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Dip each chicken tender into each bowl, and then onto a greased cookie sheet or pizza stone. Bake at 400 for 20 minutes or until no longer pink in the middle.

You can season the flour and crushed cereal with whatever seasonings you desire. This recipe is a good base. Also, if you use pretzels, do not add the additional salt with the pretzels, as it will be too salty!

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