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Fake Fried Chicken

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Fake Fried Chicken- quick, easy and always a favorite!

As much as I love to grill, believe it or not, I do occasionally use my oven. This is one of my favorite quick and easy recipes that is tried and true, and pairs well with any veggie and starch you serve it with. The crunchiness comes from Panko Bread crumbs, one of the best and most versatile ingredients of all time (at least in my humble opinion!). Pair chicken tenders with your favorite coating agent, then dip in panko and bake and you have crunchy perfection with no guilt or frying-mess! This recipe originally came from Real Simple awhile back and I’ve slightly tweaked it.

Panko= Japanese bread crumbs. They make for serious crunch!


  • 1 tablespoon chili garlic sauce (think Sri-racha (sp?) or something similar)
  • 3 tablespoon pineapple juice
  • 4 6 oz boneless, skinless chicken breasts OR chicken tenders (these will cook more quickly so watch your time!)
  • 3/4 cup PANKO bread crumbs
  • Fresh ground sea salt to tast


1) Heat oven to 450 degrees.
2) in a large bowl, combine the chili-garlic sauce and pineapple juice. Add the chicken and toss to coat
3) in a seperate bowl, combine the panko bread crumbs, 1/2 teaspoon salt
4) using one piece of chicken at a time, coat the chicken in the bread crumb mixture and transfer to a baking sheet. Repeat with remaining pieces of chicken

***note, I like to make sure the pieces are really fully covered in the crumbs and even take the remaining bread crumbs and spread them where they are on thinly on the chicken. This makes them turn out extra crunchy. :)

5) bake until cooked through, about 12 to 15 minutes.

This recipe is awesome because you cook them at a high heat so they cook quickly and retain their moisture- it is also nice when you get home late from work and you are so friggin starving you could eat anything and everything in the fridge, healthy or not! So there’s not much waiting time in this recipe- kitchen to table in less than 30!

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5 Responses to Fake Fried Chicken

  1. Lea Ann January 30, 2012 at 7:28 am #

    I agree about Panko. Great stuff. I’m going to try this this week. I’ve got all ingredients on hand! I love when that happens. :)

  2. Robyn February 1, 2012 at 7:12 pm #

    Panko is life lol.

  3. Chris February 4, 2012 at 10:20 am #

    I bet that sriracha and pineapple combo gives a wild flavor punch!

  4. Emily April 12, 2012 at 7:55 pm #

    Yet another Grill Grrrl recipe that’s become a go-to in the McCradden household. We LOVE how easy and delicious this one is!

  5. Robyn April 15, 2012 at 3:38 pm #

    One thing I forgot to add here is that if you do want to drizzle a little olive oil on the chicken or spray it lightly with pam it will help it “brown” so that it actually looks more golden, as if you had actually fried it. This is one of my go-to recipes. So easy.

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