Who doesn’t love tender and juicy chicken tenders with a crispy coating—especially seasoned just right? Our Cajun Chicken Tenders are just the ticket. Add to the mix our Sweet Heat Dijon-Apricot Dipping Sauce and you are in for a real treat! The ideal appetizer for casual entertaining, football tailgating and game day parties—especially The Super Bowl!
It’s All About Orange & Peyton…
Cajun Chicken Tenders & Sweet Heat Dipping Sauce
For The Super Bowl!
Are you ready for The Big Game? Decided on what you will be serving? As I mentioned in my previous post, have I got a great recipe for you!
Seriously. You didn’t think I’d forget to share a Super Bowl recipe or two, did ya? Although I have been busy developing a special baked breakfast treat using yeasted sweet dough, as well as an incredible Valentine’s Day dessert (I can’t wait to share this one with you…I’m busting at the seams!), both of which I will be sharing soon on the blog, I cleared my schedule to accommodate a couple casual entertaining recipes to celebrate our beloved and much admired NFL player, and former Indianapolis Colts Captain and MVP, Peyton Manning!
For those who do not know, I just adore the man. His leadership both on and off the field is exemplary. His media savvy? Stellar. His professionalism, as a pro athlete serving as an example to small children in sports? Phenomenal. A player’s player and a sportsman’s sportman? Without question. (Just ask Tom Brady. Quote below.) A terrific older brother to Eli Manning? Affirmative. His cuteness factor, both personality and sweet boyish looks? Off the charts. A giving heart? Beyond imagination. Although Peyton is now a part of the Denver Broncos NFL franchise, his footprints of generosity shine throughout our fair city. So, for this Super Bowl, we here at Wicked Good Kitchen are doing the orange thang…all…the…way! Yeah, baby.
“To me, he’s the greatest of all time. He’s a friend of mine, and someone that I always watch and admire, because he always wants to improve, he always wants to get better, and he doesn’t settle for anything less than the best. So, when you watch the best and you’re able to learn from the best, hopefully that helps me get better.”
—Tom Brady, on Peyton Manning
OK, now…back to the food!
What makes our Cajun Chicken Tenders wicked good? Tender, juicy chicken tenders with a Cajun-spiced crispy breaded coating that football party dreams are made of. Add to the mix our Sweet Heat Dipping Sauce and you’ve got football food nirvana. Children and adults alike enjoy this recipe. (You can control or even eliminate the heat for the little ones.) The perfect appetizer for casual entertaining, football tailgating and game day parties—especially The Super Bowl! Make these incredible Cajun Chicken Tenders and your family and friends will think you are a rock star party host! Over-the-moon wicked good, fer shure.
And, if Cajun Chicken Tenders with Sweet Heat Dipping Sauce is not your bag, there’s always our “award winning” (you must read the article, ha!) Buffalo Chicken Chowder w/ Cheese Tortellini & Bacon that I developed to celebrate the Super Bowl coming to Indianapolis in 2011. It’s made with Frank’s® RedHot® Hot Sauce, plenty of Cheddar cheese and complete with bacon and bleu cheese crumbles on top. It’s orange. It’s football-friendly. It’s hearty. It’s irresistibly creamy and satisfying with that classic ‘Buffalo chicken heat’ and plenty of tender chunks of chicken. And, men really love it! Women do, too, of course. In fact, because we ate up all of our chicken tenders and licked our fingers clean, we are whipping up this chowder today! It is truly over-the-moon deliciousness.
Do yourself a favor and serve up this simple but phenomenally good appetizer, Cajun Chicken Tenders. I wager that it will become an instant hit amongst family and friends!
Go Peyton! We’re all cheering for you from Indy! (Really love that guy and miss him. God willing, he will snare his next Super Bowl ring!)
- 1½ pounds chicken tenders, tendons removed, rinsed & patted dry
- For the Egg Batter
- 1 large egg
- 2 tablespoons milk (I use whole milk)
- For the Cajun-Spiced Breading
- 1 cup Italian-Style bread crumbs, such as Progresso®, or homemade
- 1 to 1½ teaspoons ground cayenne pepper
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
- ½ teaspoon coarse-ground black pepper
- ½ teaspoon ground white pepper
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon paprika
- ¼ teaspoon onion powder
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- Light olive oil, for frying
- Special Equipment & Supplies
- Long-handled kitchen tongs, very helpful
- Wax paper, very helpful
Tips:Fresh thyme leaves may be used in lieu of dried. Simply use 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves as an equivalent to 1 teaspoon of dried thyme leaves. Recipe can easily be doubled to serve more. Can be made ahead of time and warmed in a 375°F. oven just before serving guests. Original Recipe Source: WickedGoodKitchen.com Copyright © Wicked Good Kitchen. All content and images are copyright protected. Please do not use my images without prior permission. If you want to republish this recipe, please re-write the recipe in your own words. Alternatively, link back to this post for the recipe.