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You Didn't Want to Eat Chicken McNuggets, Anyway

Sarah McColl
Editor in Chief
Yahoo Food
February 5, 2014

You Didn't Want to Eat Chicken McNuggets, Anyway

Sarah McColl
Editor in Chief
Yahoo Food
February 5, 2014

Photo credit: Epicurious

McDonald’s probably hoped to dispel fears about the questionable, pink-slime origins of its Chicken McNuggets by releasing a video detailing just how, exactly, the bite-sized vehicles for barbecue sauce slash excuses for a free toy are made. Some might say the company’s mission was not accomplished.

Who wouldn’t rather eat this version of chicken nuggets, which are breaded in Cheez-Its? Yes, Cheez-Its. That is a very good idea. In fact, that is brilliant territory. And it’s exactly what we have a hankering for tonight.

Lest this seem too low-brow, please note the heavy hand with freshly ground black pepper, good, honest butter, and—look!—a pound of spinach. Practically healthy.

Cheddar Chicken Tenders with Spinach

from Epicurious

ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups Cheez-It Cheddar crackers (3 oz)
  • 3/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 1/4 lb chicken tenders (not coated or cooked)
  • 1/3 cup Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 (12- to 16-oz) bag baby spinach
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

directions

  1. Put oven rack in lower third of oven and preheat oven to 475°F. Brush a large shallow baking pan with oil (2 tablespoons).
  2. Pulse crackers in a food processor until finely ground, then transfer to a wide shallow bowl and stir in 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Toss tenders with mustard in a large bowl until coated, then dredge, 2 at a time, in cracker crumbs until evenly coated. Arrange tenders in 1 layer, without crowding, in oiled pan. Bake, turning over once, until golden brown, about 15 minutes total.
  3. Meanwhile, melt butter in a 5- to 6-quart heavy pot over moderate heat, then cook spinach, covered, turning with tongs, until spinach is just wilted, about 2 minutes. Stir in salt and remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper, then serve spinach with chicken.

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