Sriracha Chicken Tenders

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“I’ve only had two rules: Do all you can, and do it the best that you can. It’s the only way you ever get that feeling of accomplishing something.”

– Colonel Sanders

How much rejection are you willing to take before you give in? How many times will you take NO as an answer? Truly, take a moment to ponder those questions.  Search for an honest answer.  I think we all know what the answer should be. You’ve heard it before, I’m sure, and you are right.  This moment is no different. The answer is, as many times as it takes.  Take a thousand no’s until you finally get the one yes that makes it all worth the effort.  Be ready to take rejection after rejection until you find acceptance.  Be willing to fail over and over again until you find success. Don’t take that concept for granted, though.  We’ve heard concepts like this before in our lives, and we’ve heard them ad nauseum, to the point where it no longer has the impact as an idea that it once had.  You know that you aren’t supposed to accept the rejection, that you aren’t supposed to quit after the first few failures, but are you actually practicing that idea? I don’t think most people are.  It’s a difficult thing to do.  It takes practice to truly brush off rejection and prepare to try again. It takes hard work to learn from failure and to try again.  Take a lesson from a true master of accepting rejection, Colonel Sanders.

The Colonel was running a mildly successful roadside diner in Kentucky until the age of 62, when he closed the restaurant and retired.  He was restless in retirement, though, and decided to take his most popular recipe from the restaurant, his fried chicken, and sell it to other restaurants. The deal was for every chicken they sold, he would receive a nickel. So, at 62, with his walking cane, he traveled from restaurant to restaurant cooking up a batch of his secret recipe to pitch his idea.

And the answer was invariably, “no.”

Over and over again the owners of each restaurant rejected the Colonels famous fried chicken recipe. So he simply packed up his things and traveled to the next spot.  It is said that the Colonel took 1,001 “no’s” before he got his first yes.  The rest isn’t just history. It is legend.  Twelve years later, the Colonel had over 600 KFC franchises cooking up his finger lickin’ good fried chicken recipe, which is when he sold the entire business for 2 million dollars, and a deal to become the official spokesperson for KFC, making Colonel Sanders one of the most recognizable people in the world to this very day.  So famous that Colonel Sanders is the most recognizable face in China.  That’s kind of an incredible thing that this old, eccentric southern gentleman is a staple of Chinese culture.  At 62 years old, it would’ve been the easiest thing for Colonel Sanders to say, “Well, I tried. Guess it’s not gonna happen,” but he did not.  He took the path of most resistance. Take a lesson from the master of rejection, and get back up when you fall short.

This is not the Colonels Fried Chicken recipe.  I think it’s better.  Sorry, Colonel, but these Sriracha Chicken Tenders are the most nutrient dense chicken tenders you’ll ever make.  I’m all about nutrient density. All day long, nom nom nom, nutrients nutrients nutrients. Instead of using flour and frying the chicken, I am using a combination of Ground Flax seed and Nutritional Yeast.

Nutritional Yeast is never going to win any awards for having the sexiest name.  The name Nutritional Yeast makes it automatically unappetizing.  I get it, but it will surprise you.  It is a complete source of plant based amino acids as well as a complete source of your daily vitamins and minerals.  It’s like taking a multivitamin that is a cross between bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese.

DO NOT USE BREWER’S YEAST. It is NOT the same thing.  You will cry and curse my name if you do.  I don’t need my name cursed.

The Ground Flax seed is going to bind it all while baking, and provide a healthy dose of EFA’s.  That is, Essential Fatty Acids, your Omega 3’s and 6’s.

Add to that the spices in the batter and the Sriracha hot sauce in the eggs, and you’ve got yourself some classic comfort food that will boost your ability to burn fat, build muscle, and feel good about yourself.  Come getchu some!

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Ingredients

2 lbs  Chicken Tenders

4 Whole Eggs

1/2 Cup Ground Flax Seed

1/2 Cup Nutritional Yeast

2 TBS Cracked Black Pepper

2 TBS Onion Powder

2 TBS Garlic Powder

1 TBS Smoked Paprika

Sriracha to taste (Enough to make the eggs orange)

 

Note: Most supermarkets sell “chicken tenders” that are simply just chicken breast that they sliced themselves.  It is not actually the chicken tenderloin. Which is completely fine. It is the chicken breast that we want actually. So you could also just buy chicken breast and slice it yourself.

Preheat your oven to 350°.

Wrap a baking sheet with tinfoil.

You will need two separate mixing bowls that are large enough to roll chicken tender around in.  One bowl for the egg mixture, one bowl for the batter.

In the first bowl combine all the dry ingredients.

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In the second bowl, crack four eggs in and then squeeze enough of the sriracha into it to make it turn a nice deep orange color as you whisk the eggs.

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Now set up your assembly line.

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Dip the chicken tender in the egg mix and give it a nice bath.  Then dip it in the batter. Roll it around real good in there.  Place it on the baking sheet.  Repeat.

Place them in the oven to bake for 30 Minutes at 350°.

If there is batter left over you must throw it away. It is contaminated with raw chicken juices.  You don’t want that. You can’t reuse it for anything.

I always cook everything in a bulk portion.  This portion is like half way. It will serve a family of four with maybe a few left over. To prepare a bulk portion on your bulk cook day, simply double all ingredients.

When reheating the chicken tenders, the Flax will have absorbed much mositure, making them less then crunchy.  The best way to eat these as leftovers will be in sandwich or wrap form.

Serve them with a side of Sriracha for dipping if you like.

Enjoy!

 

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