Easy Chicken Tenders Recipe and Dinner Menu

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Easy Chicken Tenders Recipe

Try this delicious homemade chicken tenders recipe, which is part of a quick and easy dinner menu that includes easy vegetables and a simple pie recipe.

Chicken Tenders Recipe – Quick and Easy Menu


  • Cool weather is on its way, which means yummy soups and stews. If your children’s soup is too hot for them, add a few frozen vegetables to it. As the veggies cook, it cools down the soup.
  • For a quick dessert that’s a little different, top a brownie with ice cream. Then top it with chocolate syrup mixed with chunky peanut butter. You can add as little or as much as you want.


Potato Flake Chicken Tenders Recipe*
Easy Vegetables*
French Fries
Soda Cracker Pie*

With football season here, this easy chicken tenders recipe will come in handy to serve not only for dinner but while watching the game!

Potato Flake Chicken Tenders Recipe

1/2 cup vegetable oil for frying
1 cup milk
1 egg
1 (7.6 oz) pkg. instant garlic flavor potatoes
2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper
1 1/2 lbs. chicken tenders

Heat oil in a skillet on medium heat. While oil is heating, beat egg and milk together in a bowl. On a piece of wax paper or a small plate, mix potatoes and seasonings. Dip chicken into milk mix; then roll in potato flakes. Fry 7-10 minutes, until golden. Drain on paper towels.

Note: You can modify this chicken tenders recipe by adding some Parmesan cheese or other seasonings you might like to the potato flakes. You can use regular instant potatoes and just add garlic powder to season them.


Easy Vegetables

Broccoli florets
Cauliflower florets
Green beans, with the ends trimmed
Red Pepper, cut into strips
Italian Dressing
Parmesan cheese, shredded

Drop any amount of first three vegetables you want into boiling water for 2 minutes or until they are bright in color and still crisp. Do not overcook them. Drain immediately and rinse in cold water. Drain well. Add pepper strips, cover and chill. Before serving toss with dressing and cheese.

You can serve this pie with just whipped cream or you could leave out the nuts and top with lemon, blueberry, cherry or any other pie filling. You can also use Ritz, graham or saltine crackers in place of soda crackers or add chocolate chips. Someone suggested spreading it with jam and sprinkling with brown sugar.

Soda Cracker Pie

3  egg whites
1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. baking powder
20 soda crackers, finely crushed
2 tsp. vanilla
1 cup pecans or nuts, chopped

Preheat oven to 325 degrees (165 degrees C). Beat egg whites to stiff peaks. Fold in all the rest of ingredients. Spoon into a greased 9 inch pie pan and bake 25-30 minutes. Cool.


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    • says

      No Donna. Thanks for catching my big boo boo. It’s suppose to be 3 eggs. I average dealing with about 15-20 recipes a day sometimes and so I do make goofs even though we try to proof read and proof read so thanks.

  1. Vicki says

    My family loves the soda cracker pie. I usually serve it with sweetened strawberries on top, it is a great alternative to shortcake.

  2. Debbie says

    Soda Cracker Pie – change up.

    A friend made one once in layers with vanilla pudding, strawberries and whipped cream. Delish and I was shocked at how the soda crackers didn’t taste like soda crackers.


  3. Eva says

    Thanks for the chicken tender recipe. My husband can’t eat wheat and some brands of potato flakes have only potatoes (no other ingredients), so not only will I be able to use them but they are much less $$ than what I’m using now if I make breaded chicken. Looking forward to trying this on fish, too!

  4. says

    Last weekend I made your ham/potato dish. This weekend, I’m going to have to try those chicken tenders. They sound wonderful. Thanks for great meal ideas!

  5. Lisa says

    Thank you for posting the chicken recipe with potato flakes. A friend had made me something similar to this, but baked in the oven, years ago (15 or more now) and I loved it. Now, I will be able to make it for my husband and kids. Thanks so much! By the way, I’ve got both Dining on a Dime and Not just beans and recommend both to all of my friends.

  6. Tammy says

    My mom has been making the Soda Cracker Piecrust for over 40 years. She’d always fill it with whole strawberries (drain them on a paper towel after you wash them, you don’t want a soggy crust!) then top it with Cool Whip. This was usually only done for special occassions or family reunions. MMMMMmmmmmMMMMMM! I’d even ask for this as my birthday pie instead of cake!

  7. Bea says

    There is a Mock Apple Pie you can make with Soda Crackers too.
    Mock Apple Pie
    1-1/2 cups sugar
    1-1/2 cups water
    1 tsp cinnamon
    1/4 tsp nutmeg
    1 tablespoon lemon juice
    1-1/4 tsp cream of tartar
    18 soda crackers broken up
    pie crust for top and bottom (unbaked)

    Boil all ingredients, except crackers, for 5 minutes. Let cool. Break up crackers and place in pie crust. Pour the rest of cooled ingredients on top. Dot with butter. Sprinkle with more sugar, and either add crust on top, or make a crumble topping. Bake at 400 degrees for about a half hour.

  8. Brenda D. says

    My great-grandmother used to make a pie very similar to this but instead of sugar, she used sorghum as the sweetener. I hadn’t thought about it in years. I’ll have to dig out her recipe box and make one for my boys (ages 9 & 13). Thanks for the chicken tender recipe! We love homemade chicken strips at my house. I use crushed cornflakes a lot.

  9. susan says

    Hi Jill

    Love the chicken tender receipe! I have made these before but instead of instant garlic potatoes I used instant baby reds and it is good! just a note I came from Kroger and they had the eight pack of cookies and cream candy for 75 cents! Well I got several packs at that price because with Christmas comming up these will be good to put in christmas stocks! Have a blessed one

  10. Marcia says

    I’m going to try the chicken tenders recipe, Hubby loves chicken tenders and sometimes I find them on sale for a good price. Could you answer a question for me? It may sound funny but I don’t really know what soda crackers are supposed to be! I take it they’re not saltines but I have looked for them and I have been puzzled because I can’t seem to find anything marked soda crackers. Maybe they’re not available in my area?? Or are they masquerading as something else?? Thanks for any help you can give!

    • says

      Things are called many different things in different areas so this isn’t a funny question at all. They are just regular white saltines. Sorry you went through so much trouble be sure and give us a holler anyone out there who isn’t sure because I don’t mind answering your questions at all. One thing too you might try different crackers for different tastes like Ritz or really anything might be good just to experiment.

  11. Patricia Vaughn says

    Do you beat the sugar with the egg whites like you would making meringue, or do you stir it in with the other ingredients?

    • says

      Patricia most of the recipes are split down the middle with some doing the sugar and others folding it all in at the same time. It probably doesn’t matter but it would not be to big of deal or hurt to mix in the sugar gradually then fold in the rest of the ingredients.


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