Cheese-Crusted Chicken Tenders

Cheese-Crusted Chicken Tenders
Cheese-Crusted Chicken Tenders
  • prep: 15 min
  • cook: 20 min
  • total: 35 min
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  • Ingredients

    • Recipe adapted from 'Lidia's Mastering the Art of Italian Cuisine,' by Lidia Matticchio Bastianich and Tanya Bastianich Manuali (Knopf)
    • Yield: 4 servings
    • Prep Time: 15 minutes
    • Cook Time: 20 to 25 minutes
    • Total Time: 35 minutes
    • Ingredients
    • For the Chicken Tenders:
    • 1½ pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, patted dry with paper towel (3 medium chicken breasts)
    • 1¼ teaspoons kosher salt, divided, plus more to taste
    • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
    • 1 medium carrot, peeled and finely diced (½ cup)
    • 1 celery stalk, finely diced (¼ cup)
    • ¼ cup celery leaves
    • ¼ cup basil leaves
    • 1¼ cups panko
    • ¾ cup (1¼ ounces) freshly grated Grana Padano cheese, divided
    • 1 lemon, sliced into thin wedges, for serving
    • For the Green Salad:
    • 8 loose cups (5 ounces) mesclun mix
    • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved and lightly salted
    • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
    • 1 tablespoon good olive oil
    • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
    • Directions
    • 1. Preheat the oven to 400° and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
    • 2. Thinly slice each chicken breast on the bias into three to four ¾-inch-thick pieces. Pound each piece to an even thickness of ¼ inch and transfer to a small baking dish. Season the chicken evenly with ¾ teaspoon salt and drizzle with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Set aside.
    • 3. In a food processor, combine the carrot, celery, celery leaves and basil, and process until the mixture becomes a fine vegetable pulp, stopping occasionally to scrape down the sides.
    • 4. Transfer the vegetable pulp to a large bowl, along with the panko, ½ cup of the Grana Padano and the remaining salt, tossing with your hands to mix.
    • 5. Working one at a time, place the oiled chicken piece into the panko mix, coating both sides well, and place onto the prepared sheet pan. Drizzle with the remaining olive oil and top with the remaining cheese.
    • 6. Bake in the preheated oven until the crust is golden brown and the chicken is cooked through, 20 to 25 minutes.
    • 7. When the chicken is almost done, make the salad: In a medium serving bowl, toss the mesclun greens with the cherry tomatoes and, just before serving, toss the salad with the lemon juice and olive oil, and season to taste with salt and pepper. Transfer the chicken tenders to a serving platter along with the lemon wedges and serve.

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    Nutrition

    Nutritional Info
    • Servings Per Recipe: 1
    • Amount Per Serving
    • Calories: 7295 % Daily Value *
    • Total Fat: 186 g 285.91%
    • Saturated Fat: 48 g 240.6%
    • Trans Fat: 0 g %
    • Cholesterol: 1802 mg 600.58%
    • Sodium: 11290 mg 470.43%
    • Calcium: 3145 mg 314.46%
    • Potassium: 8559 mg 244.55%
    • Magnesium: 0 mg 0%
    • Iron: 112 mg 623.39%
    • Zinc: 0 mg 0%
    • Total Carbohydrate: 729 g %
    • Dietary Fiber: 181 g 722.88%
    • Sugar: 121 g
    • Protein: 756 g
    • Alcohol: 0 g
    • Omega 3 Fatty Acid: 1 g
    • Omega 6 Fatty Acid: 8 g
    • Vitamin A 1102.97%
    • Vitamin C 439.35%
    • Vitamin D 0.01%
    • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
    Diabetes Exchanges
    • Exchange - Fat24
    • Exchange - Fruit21
    • Exchange - NonFat Milk0
    • Exchange - Other Carbs5
    • Exchange - Starch18
    • Exchange - Vegetables7
    • Exchange - Lean Meat91
    • Exchange - Alcohol0
    MyPlate Info
    • MyPlate - Grain Total16 oz-eq
    • MyPlate - Vegetable Total6 c
    • MyPlate - Fruit1 c
    • MyPlate - Dairy2 c
    • MyPlate - Protein Total71 oz-eq

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