Breaded Chicken Tenders with Lemon and Broccoli

 

This Breaded Chicken Tenders with Lemon and Broccoli recipe will make you feel like a kid again!!  Who said chicken nuggets were just for kids?? Especially this healthy, homemade, baked version!! Ssooo good and packed with flavor, add a little lemon & broccoli (yummy!) then throw in the oven and you have a quick, easy one pan dinner ready in no time!!  SO good!!

Here’s what you’ll need:
-¼ cup whole wheat flour
-½ cup whole wheat panko bread crumbs
-8 Tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese, divided use
-1 tsp. dried parsley
-½ tsp. garlic powder
-1 dash sea salt (or Himalayan salt)
-½ tsp. ground black pepper
-½ cup fresh lemon juice
-1 tsp. finely chopped lemon peel (lemon zest)
-4 cloves finely chopped garlic
-¼ cup butter (preferably grass-fed), melted
-1 lb. raw chicken tenders
-1 Tbsp. lemon pepper seasoning, salt-free
-12 oz. broccoli
-1 medium lemon, sliced (optional)

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400º F. Line large sheet pan with parchment paper. Set aside. Place flour on a medium plate. Set aside.

Combine bread crumbs, 6 Tbsp. parmesan cheese, dried parsley, garlic powder, salt, and pepper powder in a small bowl; mix well. Transfer to a plate. Set aside.
Combine lemon juice, lemon peel, garlic, and butter in a medium bowl; mix well. Put aside ¼ cup of lemon juice mixture.

Dip each chicken tender in flour, completely coating, then lemon juice mixture, then bread crumbs; coating each evenly on all sides. Place chicken on prepared baking sheet. (Discard any lemon juice mixture that has been used with raw chicken.) Sprinkle with lemon pepper.

Bake for 10 minutes, turn chicken tenders.
Place broccoli on the side of the pan. Drizzle broccoli with 2 Tbsp. reserved lemon juice mixture and sprinkle with remaining 2 Tbsp parmesan cheese. Top chicken with lemon slices if desired. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until chicken is no longer pink in the middle, and broccoli is tender-crisp.
Drizzle chicken with remaining 2 Tbsp. lemon juice mixture right before serving. Enjoy!!!