This is a very simple meal to whip up when you’re craving Italian and are bored with spaghetti. This has been a real treat for me since I went a year without tomatoes. My daughter’s excema would flair whenever I ate acidic foods so I cut tomatoes out of my diet. I’m so happy to report that since turning a year old, her excema has improved so much! And both of us can enjoy things like tomato and barbeque sauce every now and then. Before she could have tomatoes, I tried this recipe on her and she still loved it with no sauce. The bread crumb pasta is good all on its own! If you love Italian as much as I do and struggle finding meals that are also kid friendly, you’ll love this!
Parmesan Chicken Tenders
- 1 lb chicken tenderloins
- 1/2 cup seasoned flour (1 cup flour, 1 teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon pepper, 1 teaspoon garlic powder)
- 1/2 cup of Panko bread crumbs
- 2 eggs
- 1/3 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoons butter
- Combine seasoned flour and panko breadcrumbs in a gallon ziplock bag
- Beat eggs and add parmesan cheese to bowl
- Melt butter and olive oil in pan on medium heat
- Place chicken tenders in flour/breadcrumb bag and shake until evenly coated
- Dip each piece of chicken in egg/cheese mixture until evenly coated
- Place in frying pan and brown each side 1-2 minutes until done
- Place on napkins to absorb excess grease
Bread Crumb Pasta
- 1/2 cup bread crumbs
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 6 garlic cloves, minced
- 8 ounces uncooked pasta
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
- 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 jar of your favorite marinara sauce
- 1/4 cup parmesan cheese (optional)
- Cook pasta according to box directions, drain
- Place pasta in a large bowl.
- Add garlic, olive oil, bread crumbs, parsley, lemon juice, salt, and black pepper; toss gently to combine.
- Serve by itself or with marinara sauce.
- Garnish with parmesan cheese.
For my kiddos, I just cut up the tenderloins a little smaller and pour sauce in a bowl on the side. My son loves anything he can dip! And my kids always love a large plate of noodles. Yummy meal for kids and parents!