Organic Chicken Tenders
We all know it’s important to eat ‘organic’ foods – but its especially important for our kids – (we don’t want to feed them all of those nasty chemicals and hormones!). However, it is especially important to eat organic meat, wheat, root vegetables and potatoes. Organic meat can be expen$ive… so in this recipe we use ground meat, which costs less than chicken breasts 🙂
These chicken tenders are WAY healthier than the fried nonsense you get at restaurants, with less than half the salt, no heavy oils, and as my kids say “much more yummier!”. They are super easy to make, and kids love using their hands to mold the chicken tenders. By feeling all of the different textures they are engaging their senses.
What you’ll need:
1.5 – 2 lbs ground ORGANIC, no hormone, grass fed chicken
1 cup cooked and cooled white quinoa
1/2 cup finely grated parmesan cheese
1 cup gluten-free bread crumb
Dried Italian herbs – basil, parsley, oregano (or a teaspoon of each dried)
1 jumbo egg (or two medium eggs)
Silicone pan liner or parchment paper
1 Medium bowl
Let’s get cookin’:
Step 1: Pre-heat oven to 350 and prepare baking pan with silicone mat or a sheet of parchment paper.
Step 2: Place breadcrumb, herbs and parmesan cheese on the plate and mix together.
Step 3: Put meat, quinoa, and egg into the medium bowl and mix well with hands.
Step 4: Use hands to form meat into 4″ chicken tenders. Roll in the breadcrumb mixture and place on baking sheet.
Step 5: Bake on center rack for 12 – 15 minutes on each side. Use tongs to flip. NOTE: PLEASE KEEP LITTLE HANDS AWAY FROM HOT SURFACES TO AVOID BURNS.
Step 6: Remove from oven and let cool. Enjoy within 2 days, or freeze for up to 3 months 🙂