This Fall Ingredient Makes Chicken Tenders Even Better

Put a seasonal crunch in your lunch!

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If we had to make a list of the most universal crowd-pleasing foods, chicken tenders would be at the top. Adored by both kids and adults, the hand-held favorite never fails as a meal, party treat or game day snack. As such, it’s hard to say that chicken tenders ever need improvement. However, Danielle Alex has found the absolute best method for breading chicken tenders — and it involves a fall ingredient you already know and love.

In her class on the Food Network Kitchen app, Danielle kicks off the cooking process by setting up a dredging station with seasonings, flour and a bowl of whisked eggs. Here’s where it gets interesting, though. Before frying the chicken, Danielle also coats each strip in a mix of panko, poppy seeds, sesame seeds and pumpkin seeds. She swears the seed blend packs the breading with unforgettable flavor and crunch.

“I guess you could say it’s more of an adult chicken tender, but believe me, kids love it,” Danielle says. “If you’re looking for something a little different, this is the perfect classic with a twist.”

Because the pumpkin seeds can be quite large, Danielle likes to give hers a rough chop before incorporating them into the breading mixture. Once chopped and incorporated, all that’s left to do is dredge, fry and eat!

Danielle doesn’t just love this for chicken, either. She promises the breading is equally delicious on everything from veggies to rabbit (yes, rabbit). Turkey, pork and firm fish are all great options, as well. Whichever you choose, just make sure you plan accordingly — as Danielle says, this dish is bound to be gobbled up in seconds.

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