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Dinner for two: crunchy baked chicken tenders plus the easiest mac ‘n cheese ever!
Preheat the oven to 350 F.
First, make the macaroni and cheese. Bring a medium pot of water to a boil. Cook the macaroni in boiling water for about 4 minutes (it should still have a bite in the middle). Don’t overcook it because it will continue to cook it in the oven.
Meanwhile, combine in the blender the milk, flour, onion powder and salt and blend well. Once the pasta is done, drain off the water and pour the pasta into a bowl. Add the milk mixture and cheddar cheese. Stir to combine.
Divide the mixture between two 10-ounce ramekins (it will seem like there’s too much liquid, but you’re okay). Sprinkle half of the breadcrumbs over each ramekin and drizzle the butter on top. Place the ramekins on a sheet pan and bake for 45 minutes.
While the macaroni and cheese bake, start working on the chicken fingers. In a large Ziplock bag, combine the corn flakes, seasoned salt, pepper, garlic powder and onion powder. Crush the corn flakes and mix well with the spices. In a small shallow bowl, beat the egg and milk together.
Next, dip each chicken tender in the egg and milk mixture, then drop it in the bag with the corn flakes. Shake to coat each chicken tender with the corn flake mixture. Place the chicken tenders on a greased wire rack that you’ve placed on top of a baking sheet.
The chicken tenders will take 25 minutes to cook, so put them in the oven when 25 minutes time remain for the macaroni and cheese.
Serve the chicken fingers with your desired dipping sauces and the macaroni and cheese on the side
The texture is absolutely perfect, creamy and rich. You should start with 1/2 cup of cheese and go from there. If you want it cheesier and richer like me, then you can and should add 1/4 cup more. This is one of those recipes I have pinned to my fridge so that I have it close in those lazy single moments haha.
Have 30 minutes? Then you can definitely make this crazy good recipe using everyday ingredients.
Nancy is the Coupon Clipping Cook, which means she not only has an astounding number of recipes to share with us (her TK recipe box is busting at the seams!) but she's also got loads of money-saving tips in her blog (she worked at a grocery store for a number of years, so she knows her stuff). She has some pretty amazing creations, like Roasted Garlic Potato Soup and Nutty Coconut Chicken. Go check them out!
Heather is a Texas native and the blogger behind Heather's Dish. She's mom to Weston, wife to Nate, and they live in Little Rock, Arkansas with their two "stubborn and saucy" dogs Bunker and Keira. In her blog, she shares her photographs, random musings (serious and silly alike), and all kinds of scrumptious recipes---and not just evil variations of her favorite mac and cheese. Her enviable TK recipe box is a testament to that. Go see for yourself!