The start of the New Year brings wishes of healthier eating for many and suddenly, out come an onslaught of new recipes to feed the family. Sometimes, our enthusiasm gets the better of us and those new recipes prove to be too hard or full of too many unfamiliar ingredients. If this happens to you, give yourself a break-but don't leave the kitchen! Go back to the tried and true recipes that your family loves and put a healthier spin on them by changing out a few ingredients.
A staple in my sister's household is fried chicken coated with potato chips. Some recipes call for buttery crackers or crunchy, sweet cereal, but the premise is the same “ coat chicken with a salty, crackly topping and bake. I ™ve found myself wondering if a healthier alternative exists to the potato chip coating my niece and nephew love.
I ™ve worked with the great people at Popchips for years and I recently stumbled on this recipe submitted by one of their readers for fried chicken coated in Popchips. This recipe will save your family calories, fat and sodium when you swap in Popchips rather than regular potato chips. As a bonus, Popchips offers multiple flavors “ so you can serve barbeque fried chicken one night and cheddar fried chicken the next.
Popchips Fried chicken
1 lb chicken tenders
1 cup low-fat buttermilk
2 cups Popchips crushed (my favorites are barbeque, plain or cheddar Popchips)
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
Place chicken and buttermilk in a bowl to marinate. Allow to sit in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Add Popchips to a plastic seal-able bag and crush chips into small pieces.
Put crushed Popchips and olive oil in sautÃ© pan over medium heat. Stir chips until toasted. Remove from pan and once cooled slightly, add parmesan cheese.
Drain chicken, discard buttermilk and dredge chicken in Popchips crumbs. Place a baking rack on a sheet pan and spray with non-stick spray. Lay chicken in a single layer on rack and bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes or until outside is crispy and chicken is done.
Serve as is or with your favorite dipping sauce.
A big thanks to Popchips reader Marilyn Green Jackson for this simple, yet unique recipe.
Photo credit: Bluebonnets & Brownies