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Quinoa is an ancient grain that also happens to be a super food because it contains all 9 essential amino acids. It is gluten-free, too, so it appeals to many food lifestyles. You can use it in place of rice or any other grain. I’ve even made it into a sweet banana pudding

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I love using it for these Crunchy Quinoa Crusted Chicken Tenders because I can serve them to so many people, and they come out with a beautiful crunchy crust that is totally satisfying.

Serve Crunchy Quinoa Crusted Chicken Tenders with Air Fryer French FriesHarvest Salad, and all your favorite dips. I love classic ketchup, but we also have to serve ranch and mustard in our house. 

What is your preferred dip for chicken tenders?! 


Crunchy Quinoa Crusted Chicken Tenders

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Servings: 1/4 pound chicken tenders
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 1 1/2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 pounds chicken tenders, remove white stringy tendon
  • 2 large eggs or egg whites
  • olive oil


  • Pour the quinoa onto a towel and blot to remove any excess moisture. Place in a shallow bowl. 
  • Add the breadcrumbs, salt, garlic powder, and paprika to the quinoa. Stir to combine well. 
  • In a separate shallow bowl, whisk the eggs. 
  • 4. Dip the chicken into the egg and then into the quinoa mixture pressing evenly to coat.*
  • Heat a large skillet over medium high heat, add a thin coat of oil and pan sear the chicken for 4-5 minutes on each side or until quinoa is golden.
  • * To freeze the chicken fingers before cooking, place coated chicken fingers on parchment lined baking sheet and freeze for 1-2 hours. Place in labeled zipper bags and freeze until to 4 months. When ready to cook place a few fingers in the refrigerator for 4-12 hours to defrost and then cook as directed in step 5. 
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Catherine is a mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.


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