If you are looking for a healthy, yet quick and easy weeknight dinner, my Crunchy Chicken Tenders & Veggies Sheet Pan recipe is for you! On the table in 30 minutes and always a crowd-pleaser, this recipe is on our meal rotation often. It is an excellent way to feed a hungry family a delicious and healthy meal anytime – and so easy that your older kids can even prepare.
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If you want your kids to exclaim, “This is the best chicken ever!” then you have to start with quality chicken. My family loves Gerber’s Amish Farm Chicken. It honestly makes each and ever meal that I prepare taste 10X better. That is because it is all natural chicken from Amish Country right here in Ohio. Humane Certified, fresh, and without antibiotics ever, you and even your kids will taste the difference. You can find a wide variety of Gerber’s Amish Fresh Chicken at your local Acme Fresh Market. They are always in stock and often on sale.
I met up with my local butcher, Johnny yesterday. We were talking about recipes and I was telling him about my family’s Crunchy Chicken Tenders & Veggies Sheet Pan recipe. Normally I use Gerber’s boneless, skinless chicken breast for this recipe but he recommend that I try the fryer tenders for the kids. We all know that kids love the smaller shape of tenders! I took him up on his suggestion and glad I did. This recipe is delicious with chicken breast or tenders but I think Johnny was right that kids enjoy the smaller cuts. Just remember that if you are cooking a larger piece of chicken to keep it in a little longer than the smaller cuts, I’d suggest around 27 minutes.
The chicken tenders were a hit. My kids said it was the best chicken ever -of course they often say that when I cook Gerber’s Amish Farm Chicken! I have to admit that it is the best breaded chicken tender – way better than the pre-made frozen kind that cost more and can’t be as healthy as homemade!
You can use any vegetable that your family likes for this recipe. I like to use a variety of colors because we all eat with our eyes first – food that looks good gets eaten quicker so load the sheet pan with plenty of colorful vegetables. Just be sure to cut the vegetables to about the same thickness so that they cook evenly. This is a good way to introduce new veggies to your kids too by adding a small amount within the vegetables they normally like. You can cook the chicken and vegetables on the same sheet pan if you have either a larger sheet pan than I used or if you cook smaller portions. Above, I used about 1.25 lbs chicken because my kids are teens and hearty eaters so I split the recipe into 2 sheet pans.
Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes until the chicken is cooked through and nicely browned. Pair it with a salad for a delicious and healthy meal. That looks like a lot of vegetables but you can get away with it since some are fresh in the salad and some are cooked – at least I can. 😉 You can serve these delicious, moist crunch chicken tenders with a dipping sauce if you’d like too – your kids would probably like that. If you happen to have leftovers – which we never do – you can enjoy them cold for lunch the next day or warm them up and put them in a food thermos for a hot lunch at work or school.
I’ve always noticed that when you see a couple people looking at the same thing that there must be a reason. I snapped this photo of Johnny helping another couple with their Gerber’s Amish Farm Chicken when I left. Don’t be afraid to ask the butchers at Acme Fresh Market for advice, recipe ideas, what the best cut of meat is for a recipe your making, or anything. They are always super friendly and ready to help. I’ve always asked butchers for help, it has helped me to become a better cook over the years. They are always eager to stop what they are doing to help me.
I highly recommend trying this recipe out with your family this week and stopping by Acme Fresh Market to check out Gerber’s Amish Farm Chicken – you’ll taste the difference. Plus, it feels really good to support a local business (Acme) and local farms in Amish Country. I try to shop local more than ever these days to support my Ohio neighbors!