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Cheez-It-Encrusted Chicken Tenders Recipe 2010-11-12 14:43:33

Cheddar Chicken Tenders With Wilted Spinach

Cheddar Chicken Tenders With Wilted Spinach

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Cheez-It-Encrusted Chicken Tenders Recipe 2010-11-12 14:43:33

Ingredients

  1. 2 tablespoons olive oil
    1 1/2 cups Cheez-It Cheddar crackers (3 oz.)
    3/4 teaspoon black pepper
    1 1/4 lbs. chicken tenders (not coated or cooked)
    1/3 cup Dijon mustard
    2 tablespoons unsalted butter
    1 (12- to 16-oz.) bag baby spinach
    1/4 teaspoon salt

Directions

  1. Put oven rack in lower third of oven and preheat oven to 475 degrees F. Brush a large shallow baking pan with oil (2 tablespoons).
  2. Pulse crackers in a food processor until finely ground, then transfer to a wide shallow bowl and stir in 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Toss tenders with mustard in a large bowl until coated, then dredge, 2 at a time, in cracker crumbs until evenly coated. Arrange tenders in 1 layer, without crowding, in oiled pan. Bake, turning over once, until golden brown, about 15 minutes total.
  3. Meanwhile, melt butter in a 5- to 6-quart heavy pot over moderate heat, then cook spinach, covered, turning with tongs, until spinach is just wilted, about 2 minutes. Stir in salt and remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper, then serve spinach with chicken.

Serves 4.

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