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Easy Gluten-Free Chicken Tenders

Some of you may have heard what happened to our stove this week. Seriously, no joke, the glass front just up and shattered. Never seen anything like it. Have you?

The whole event has left us with use of the stove top only—and so tonight called for pan-fried Gluten-Free [and Egg-Free] Chicken Tenders. 

This recipe calls for rice Chex cereal; we buy it on rare occasion. Is it the healthiest option? Is it organic? Is it non-GMO? No, no, and no. It's one of those foods that fall into our 90/10 approach to eating right (90% of the time it's all about making the healthiest choices, 10% of the time we ease up a bit). That said, had I had this brand of rice or corn cereal on hand, I probably would have used it instead. 

Easy Gluten-Free and Egg-Free Chicken Tenders


3 tablespoons high smoke point OIL (I use organic palm shortening)
3/4 cup finely crushed gluten-free RICE CHEX
1/4 cup of this brand of gluten-free SEASONED COATING MIX 
1/4 teaspoon sweet PAPRIKA
1-1/2 pounds CHICKEN TENDERS
1 tablespoon allergen-free MAYONNAISE


  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium to medium-high heat.
  2. In a medium bowl toss crushed cereal, seasoned coating mix, and paprika. Set aside.
  3. Rinse and pat chicken tenders dry. 
  4. In another bowl toss chicken with mayonnaise to coat.
  5. Roll chicken tenders in crumb coating and fry in batches until golden brown.
  6. Serve with barbecue sauce or honey mustard salad dressing for dipping.

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Reader Comments (4)

What type of honey mustard do you use?


Amanda, I use http://www.briannassaladdressing.com/product/dijon-honey-mustard/ ... I'd love them to find an oil besides canola to make it with ... but until I come up with my own dressing, this is the one I use.


March 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

I love the no egg twist. Hard to find in a chicken tender recipe. I can't wait to try it.

March 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKim Rice

You are kidding me?? That is insane! Never heard of it. Though I have had the shattering pyrex dish happen - not nearly as traumatizing though.

We actually like pan-fried chicken strips like these better than baked, but I like to mix things up :)

March 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAlisa

Hope no one was hurt with the shattering of the stove glass - yikes! What a great allergy-free way of making chicken. Pinned.

October 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne Holt

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