quick weeknight meal with leftover fried chicken tenders
- 1 package chicken tenders
- 1 cup flour
- 3 eggs beaten
- 1 cup panko bread crumbs
- 1 jar your favorite marinara sauce
- 2 packages mozzarella cheese
- 1 package provolone cheese or swiss cheese
- 1 tablespoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 4+ cups cooking oil
In a heavy duty pan, a dutch oven works great if you have one. Add the oil and heat to 350'F
In three separate pie plates or similar add your breading station with flour in one, egg in another and the panko in the last and season each one with salt and pepper. If you want add garlic powder, or paprika or some other flavoring.
dredge the chicken in the flour one at a time; shaking off the excess. dip each piece in the egg and finally into the panko. Set aside until your oil is hot at 350'F
Once the oil is hot add several pieces of chicken turning a couple of times till browned and cooked through. Drain on a rack or a stack of paper towels until you are ready to assemble.
In a baking dish big enough and deep enough that you will be able to add a couple of layers of chicken. Add some marinara to the bottom just enough to cover the base of your dish.
Place chicken tenders on top of the marinara, then cover with some mozzarella and your other cheese. add some more marinara and then another layer of chicken. repeat this with what you have left and will fit. Cover your layers with the rest of the mozzarella cheese and bake till golden brown.