Make Ahead

Speedy Green Meanie Chicken Tenders

July  9, 2010
0 Ratings
  • Serves 4
Author Notes

Speedy Green Meanie Chicken Tenders can be made and served within 15 minute, and are versatile! The tenders are delicious served on salads, pasta, or rice. With the spiciness from the Serrano peppers and the strength of the basil flavoring, the tenders are great on ciabatta, pita, or even tortillas. The first time I made this tantalizing dish, I also roasted asparagus & broccoli and served the tenders with fresh summer fruit salad, and garlic Artisan Bread. OH MY – the whole dinner was so packed with flavor my family and I wanted to keep eating! I know you will enjoy this quick and easy, ever so flavorful BASIL packed dish! *My favorite way to mince basil is in the mini-chopper attachment of my immersion blender. —Merry

What You'll Need
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 1/4 pounds chicken tenders
  • 3/4 cup fresh basil
  • 1 (3-inch) green Serrano pepper, stems and seeds removed
  • 2 medium garlic cloves
  • 1 teaspoon lemon pepper
  • 3 tablespoons ground cornmeal
  • 3 tablespoons finely grated 100% Parmesan Cheese (canister not freshly grated)
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • basil leaves for garnish
  • salt to taste
  1. Place egg white and chicken tenders in a gallon storage bag, shake for 10 seconds. Set aside.
  2. In a mini-food processor, finely mince basil, pepper, and garlic. Scrape down the sides of the food processor; add lemon pepper, cornmeal, and Parmesan cheese. Process mixture until it resembles green cornmeal; pour onto dinner plate. Roll and evenly coat chicken tenders in mixture.
  3. Heat oil in a 12-inch nonstick skillet over high heat. Sauté chicken without disturbing for 3 minutes (turn heat to medium-high heat if browning too quickly). Turn chicken over and cook 4 minutes or until the center of the thickest chicken tender is thoroughly cooked. Place on a serving platter, garnish with basil and sprinkle with salt to taste. Serves: 4

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  • ECMotherwell
  • koechin
  • dymnyno
  • theicp

7 Reviews

ECMotherwell June 10, 2013
I made this with a couple of minor changes -- used a mix of cornmeal and panko for the breading, and dolloped in some kale/walnut pesto from earlier in the week and therefore used only a bit of basil. Delicious, tender, crowd-pleasing. Thanks for the great recipe!
koechin March 13, 2013
when i realized that the mega pack of chicken breasts i bought at costco were actually tenders i went looking for a new recipe and found this. made it yesterday and it was loved by all. since i had some glutenfree bread going stale i made breadcrumbs out of it and subbed it for the corn meal - worked well. next time though i'll be faithful to this delicious recipe.
dymnyno July 14, 2010
Sounds really, really delish!!
theicp July 12, 2010
What a great/fun/yum way to make some chicken tenders! I can already tell my BF and I are going to love this!
Laurie F. July 10, 2010
Merry, Looks like you did it again!! I'll be making this for dinner tonight for sure!! The flavors look like they're bursting right from the picture!!
tomgirlbc July 9, 2010
I am having chicken tonight and if i would of seen this first this is what i would of been making, the next time i will do this recipe.. it looks great
LBBakes July 9, 2010
I love chicken fingers and I love basil - can't wait to try these!