Oven Roasted 'Fried' Chicken Tenders
with cauliflower and potato mash / baked tomatoes
These chicken tenders are seasoned with similar flavors that you'd find in traditional fried chicken, but they are baked instead of fried. To lighten this classic meal even more, the side dish uses a combination of potatoes and cauliflower to make a flavorful mash. This dish was last featured in 2017.
- Salt - 1 tsp
- Garlic powder - 1 tsp (not garlic salt)
- Paprika, smoked - 1 tsp
- Oregano, dried - 1 tsp
- Black pepper - 1/2 tsp
- Sour cream - 1/2 cup (sub plain or Greek yogurt)
- Milk - 1/2 cup
- Lemon juice - 2 tsp
- Chicken spice mix (ingredients listed separately) - 2 1/4 tsp + 2 1/4 tsp
- Chicken breast tenders, boneless and skinless - 1 lb (sub boneless, skinless chicken breast, sliced)
- Panko breadcrumbs - 3/4 cup
- Flour, all-purpose - 1/4 cup
- Foil - for lining pan
- Butter - 3 Tbsp
- Dipping sauces - for serving (like ketchup, honey, mustard, or BBQ sauce)
- Cheese, parmesan - 2 oz, grated
- Tomatoes, medium - 2, halved
- Italian seasoning - 1 tsp
- Cauliflower florets, fresh or frozen - 20 oz, chopped into florets
- Potatoes, russet - 2 lbs, peeled and cubed
- Sour cream - 1/4 cup (sub plain or Greek yogurt)
- Make chicken spice mix - Combine salt, garlic powder, paprika, oregano, and black pepper. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
- Cauliflower (This makes enough for 2 nights.) / Cheese - Prep as directed. Store separately. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
- Marinate chicken - Whisk together sour cream (portion for chicken), milk, lemon juice, and first portion of spice mix. Add chicken and stir to coat in marinade. Marinate for at least 20 minutes and up to 1 day. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
- Prep breading - Combine panko, flour, and second portion of spice mix in a plastic bag. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
- Tomatoes / Potatoes - Prep as directed. To slice tomatoes, set them stem-side up on a cutting board. With your knife parallel to the counter, slice tomatoes in half. As you cube the potatoes, transfer them to a large stockpot filled with water.
- Heat oven to 400F / 204C.
- While oven heats, prepare potatoes and cauliflower. (Note: This makes enough vegetables for 2 nights.) Place stockpot with water and potatoes over high heat (wait to add cauliflower). Season the water with some salt.
- Bring potatoes to a boil and then reduce heat to a low simmer. Simmer potatoes until tender, 12 to 15 minutes. Add fresh cauliflower florets after potatoes have been boiling for 7 minutes; add frozen cauliflower florets after 10 minutes. When vegetables are tender, drain and rinse. Place colander with vegetables back in stockpot (off heat) and cover with a dishtowel to steam. (This will give give you tender but not watery potatoes.)
- Meanwhile, line a sheet pan with foil. Place butter on top of foil and transfer to heated oven. Leave sheet pan in the oven until the butter is melted, ~3 minutes.
- Carefully remove pan from oven and swirl butter around.
- Remove chicken from buttermilk marinade, letting excess marinade drip off (discard any remaining marinade). Transfer chicken to bag with flour / panko mixture. Shake to coat.
- Add chicken to sheet pan with butter.
- Bake until chicken is golden brown on the bottom, 10 to 12 minutes. Flip chicken and continue baking until chicken is cooked through, ~5 minutes more.
- Once chicken is baking, place tomatoes in a small baking dish, cut-side up. Top with some salt, Italian seasoning, and cheese. Transfer to oven and bake for 10 minutes.
- Return to potatoes and cauliflower. Set half the vegetables aside for Wednesday night. To remaining vegetables, add sour cream (portion for mash). Mash with a fork (or use an immersion blender to get it really smooth and creamy.) Add some stock, some water, or more sour cream if the mixture is too thick to mash. Season with some salt.
- Serve chicken with dipping sauces if you'd like. Enjoy potato / cauliflower mash and roasted tomatoes on the side.
5 stars for the chicken. Purée came out too gluey - added too much yogurt and too much immersion blender.0 Helpful
The chicken was very good. I didn't have any sour cream or Greek yogurt so I just used milk. The tomatoes were ok. The potatoes and cauliflower were very good.0 Helpful
4.5. This was a lot better than we thought! The oven breaded tofu was excellent, especially fresh, and wasn't as much work as we thought. The honey mustard sauce with it was also great. The mashed potatoes and cauliflower was quite bland. We had to keep adding spices as we kept mashing them, and even then it wasn't great. That would be our only note.0 Helpful
We enjoyed this, but we doubled the cauliflower and seasoned it for the mash, and had fruit bowls instead of tomatoes. If you marinate the chicken beforehand and make spice mix ahead, this one would take a lot less time. I was at an hour and ten minutes and I normally move pretty fast in the kitchen.0 Helpful
Loved the mash. It has the perfect consistency which gives you the satisfaction of mashed potatoes but not quite that heavy. The chicken didn't turn out right, breading was a bit lumpy. The tomatoes weren't our favorite.0 Helpful
Wasn't a huge fan of the chicken seasoning in this recipe. Everything else in the meal was great, just freely tweak the seasonings to your liking for a better taste.0 Helpful