Homemade Lemon Pepper Chicken Strips and a Giveaway!

On November 11, 2010, by Glenda Embree- BusyAtHome

This Giveaway is now Closed.  Congratulations, Amy, #68!

I’m a buy-them-breaded-and-frozen-in-a-bag kind of girl when we make chicken strips at home.  It’s not that I thought I couldn’t make them.  I guess it just never occurred to me that I should be .  :)   So, last night was a first for us and it worked out just fine.  I have three recipes from last night and three from a few days ago that I want to share, if the typing time and the photo editing time make themselves available, but for the time being, I’m going to have to be content to show you just this one.

Progresso Lemon Pepper Panko Bread Crumbs and Michael Chiarello's new cookbook.

I recently received a box of Progresso’s new Lemon Pepper Panko Bread Crumbs for review.  I love to cook with Panko and I already use Progresso’s Italian Panko in my meatballs, so I was excited to give the Lemon Pepper a try.  But what do you make with Lemon Pepper seasoning — fish I suppose or chicken.  Those of you who know me well, know I landed on chicken.  I had chicken tenders already, so I set up a very simple breading station on the kitchen counter and went to work to make crispy, BAKED, lemon pepper chicken strips.  Wow!  What a punch of flavor and they were perfectly crunchy, even though they were baked.

Crispy Baked Lemon Pepper Chicken Strips

Yield: 15-18 chicken strips

Ingredients:

Directions:

Put the flour, buttermilk, and Progresso Lemon Pepper Panko Bread Crumbs in individual, shallow containers to make a breading station for your chicken.

Flour, buttermilk, and panko for breading chicken tenderloins.

Lightly spray a baking sheet with oil. (Okay, my husband has a mini heart attack every time I put a picture of my cookie sheets online.  Do all of you have shiny, squeaky, cookie sheets with no baked-on residue?  If you do, I can only say, I’m so sorry, because all of my baking sheets look like this one.  I’ll get help.  :) )

My husband's biggest embarrasment -- my over-used baking sheets. Spray it lightly with oil.

Dip a tender in the flour, being sure to coat it completely.

Dredge tenders in flour.

Now, dip it in the buttermilk.

Dip flour-dredged tender into buttermilk.

Last dip is into the Lemon Pepper Panko Bread Crumbs.

Coat the tenders with the bread crumbs.

Lay the breaded chicken tenders on your greased cookie sheet.  Arrange them so that they are close together, but not touching.

Lay the breaded tenders on your baking sheet.

When all your tenders are breaded, bake them in a 400° oven for 20-25 minutes.  I turned mine after about 15 minutes.  The tenders will be lightly browned and crispy, crunchy when they are done.  Because of the lemony color of the crumbs, don’t expect to get a deep brown out of them, but believe me, even though they are light in color the crunch is still big.  So test doneness by crunch-factor, not by brownness.

Hot, baked and crispy, crunchy.

This is one of the reasons I love Panko so much.  The food you make with them doesn’t necessarily look any different than usual, but the crunch that can be achieved, even when you’re only baking, is AMAZING.  Panko’s texture is much more coarse than regular bread crumbs.  It has been used in Japanese cooking for years, but has only recently started catching on here.  Now that it has become so mainstream in the U.S., it’s much simpler to find it in your local grocery store and I highly recommend you give it a try.  It will change the way you think about “fried” food and crisp breading.  Our chicken strips were delicious!  I don’t know why I haven’t ever done this before.  I think that even though I am not a big seafood fan, I will also try this same breading on whitefish like, cod or flounder.  It might convert me.  :)

Yum! Crunchy Lemon Pepper Chicken Strips and Asian Coleslaw (that recipe is coming!)

Thanks to Progresso and My Blog Spark, a Busy-at-Home reader will win a box of Progresso Lemon Pepper Panko Bread Crumbs and Michael Chiarello’s new cookbook, Bottega.  How cool is that!

Giveaway Rules:

You must be 18 or older and reside in the U.S. to enter.  Deadline for entry is midnight (CST) Sunday, November 28.  Winner will be selected by random drawing at random.org.  Mandatory entry must be completed for any extra entries to count.

How to Enter:

Have you ever used Panko Bread Crumbs?  In a comment below, let me know if you’ve ever used them and which of Progresso’s three varieties you would most love to try.  That’s it!  You’re entered!  It doesn’t get easier than that!

I received a package of Progresso Lemon Pepper Panko Bread Crumb’s and Michael Chiarello’s cookbook through My Blog Spark and Progresso, in order to conduct this review.  No payment was received and a positive review was not required.  The views and opinions expressed are wholly my own.

This post is linked to Grocery Cart Challenge, Tasty Tuesday and Tempt My Tummy Tuesday.

122 Responses to Homemade Lemon Pepper Chicken Strips and a Giveaway!

  1. Kim says:

    I have used panko before, I’d like to try the Italian style!
    countrycookinmama@gmail.com

  2. Shannon says:

    I love Panko breadcrumbs and use them weekly in low fat/low calorie recipes. I would love to try the Lemon Panko flavor. It sounds delicious!

  3. Debi Hubbard says:

    I use the Italian Panko Bread Crumbs when I make your meatballs! They are delicious :) I would love to try the Lemon Pepper Panko Bread Crumbs so I can make these chicken strips. Hope you post the recipe for Asian Coleslaw soon…it looks yummy!

    • It depends on how late I can stay awake, tonight. I get to have a visit from the grandbabies at 7. Later, I am hoping to do the coleslaw AND a dessert to die for! If not, maybe tomorrow. I’m going to be at the retreat with our Jr. High Youth Group, this weekend, so it’s tonight, tomorrow or probably not until Monday.

  4. Shana says:

    I have used the Italian crumbs. We eat a lot of fish, so I’d try the Lemon pepper.

  5. Kerrie Mayans says:

    I have used the italian ones with chicken before but would love to try the lemon pepper with fish.

  6. Becca says:

    I’ve never used panko before, but the lemon pepper is intriguing to me! I love to cook fish–and that sounds great! : )

    Yum Yum YUM!
    xoxo.

    p.s. Tell David he could buy you new jellyrolls, if it bothers him that much!
    : D

  7. Chris Satko says:

    I have only used the plain on fish a few times but the lemon pepper sound wonderful can’t wait to try some.

  8. Ashlie says:

    I have tried panko bread crumbs (plain) once to make baked fish – they were nice and crispy – I’d love to try the flavored ones. Lemon pepper sounds like it would go especially well with fish, which is my favorite protein!

  9. Kim L. says:

    i would love to try the Italian!

    xo
    kimberly.long at gmail dot com

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  11. barbi says:

    I’d like to try the lemon pepper panko.

  12. Robert says:

    I’ve seen them used before on cooking shows, but I have never tried them.

  13. Cathy W says:

    I have used Panko Bread Crumbs before, I’d like to try both the Italian style and the Lemon Pepper!

  14. Brittany Estepp says:

    I have had Panko bread crumbs, but have never personally cooked with them. I would love to try the lemon pepper ones on Chicken – It sounds so good!!

  15. nan says:

    we’ve used them to fry fish and they are good..i’d like original best
    nannypanpan at sbcglobal.net

  16. Kay says:

    I use the regular unflavored variety in meat mixtures and for breading also.

  17. Nicole Sender says:

    I use the Plain Panko bread crumbs for breading and really like the results. I’d like to try the lemon pepper.

  18. Stormy R says:

    I use the plain kind for mozzerella sticks, I would really love to try the Lemon pepper variety.

  19. Wilma P says:

    I have used the plain type of Panko for fish and it worked really well.
    I didn’t know until today that there was an Italian version……yummm
    Would love to win the Lemon flavored to use on my fish next time.

  20. sandy says:

    never tried but would love to try the italian

  21. Romina says:

    I use panko when I make chicken katsu. I would like to try the Lemon Pepper flavored panko.

  22. Denise B. says:

    I have never tried them yet, but I would try the Italian one.

  23. bonnie w says:

    Yes, I have made chicken strips and fish sticks with these panko crumbs. I would like the Italian. thanks!
    (My pans look the same way :)

  24. debp says:

    Yes,I have used them before. I would like to try the lemon pepper flavor. I make something very similar, only instead of baking them, I fry them. I am experimenting trying to make a lemon sauce to go with them.
    twoofakind12@yahoo.com

  25. Janet says:

    I have not used panko crumbs before. I would like to try the lemon pepper. We eat a lot of fish and I bet it would taste good.

  26. andrea says:

    I have never tried them and I would love the Italian one.

  27. susan lee wiener says:

    Yes, we have used Panko bread crumbs before and it’s great! I’d luv to try the plain bread crumbs, their Italian bread crumbs and their lemon pepper bread crumbs.

    swiener1[at]tampabay.rr.com

  28. Amber L. says:

    I use their Italian Style Panko all the time. We love Panko chicken and I make it about once a week. I also use them in my meatballs. I would really like to try the Lemon Pepper.

    appetizerforacraftymind(at)yahoo(dot)com

  29. Cindy says:

    I have used the plain Panko before but I would love to try the lemon pepper. Yum, I want chicken strips now!

  30. Teresa says:

    I’ve never tried these but have heard so much about them. I’d like to try the plain and add my own herbs and spices to them.

  31. Elaine Lund says:

    I have not tried the Panko Bread Crumbs, but when I do, I would like to try the Italian Style.

  32. Susan Heim says:

    I have used the Plain Panko Crumbs before, but I would love to try the Lemon Pepper! I’d dip sliced zucchini in them to make zucchini strips. Yum!

  33. Pam Keener says:

    I have never tried Panko bread crumbs but I would love to try the Italian style.
    Love & Hugs, Pam

  34. Joan says:

    I love using the plain panko for breading. I haven’t tried the lemon pepper on so that’s the one I’d like to try.
    joosbornenc at yahoo dot com

  35. Tamara B. says:

    I have used Panko Italian bread crumbs many times and would like to try their Lemon Pepper flavored ones.
    tamben7996(at)aol(dot)com

  36. Linda Lansford says:

    I want to make meat loaf with Italian Panko Bread Crumbs and I have not used panko before

  37. Janet F says:

    I have not tried Panko. I would like to try the Italian Style Panko.

    janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

  38. barb g says:

    I have used panko breadcrumbs before & they are better tasting. I’d love to try the Italian ones the most. I love M.C. my favorite chef, so would love his cookbook! barb g. directorylanesuperstore(at)gmail.com

  39. barb g says:

    I receive your email newsletter barb g.

  40. Carol W. says:

    I’d like to try the Lemon Pepper Panko with some nice, firm, white fish.

  41. Christine says:

    never tried, love to try the lemon pepper

  42. angie says:

    I have never used them, but I would like to try the Italian Style.

  43. Marie Leclerc says:

    I have used them…the Italian variety…yum!

  44. Jayna says:

    I have never used panko before, but now I want to try! I’m thinking the lemon pepper flavor on some fresh halibut would be delicious.

  45. Claire says:

    i havent used them, but I’d like to try lemon pepper!

  46. Chelle says:

    I have not tried these breadcrumbs, but would like the plain so I could season them how I wanted.

  47. Pu Ye says:

    I used the Plain Panko bread crumbs for breading and really like the results. I’d like to try the lemon pepper.

  48. Lucero says:

    :( I have never used Panko bread crumbs; at least I don’t recall ever using them. I’d like to try the Plain – not because I’m plain jane no flavor, but because I like to add my own spices, you know switch it up a bit. BTW Your DH needs to take a chill pill about the cookie sheets, don’t know ANYONE that has super shiny cookie sheets. Unless they NEVER use them :) . Love the Asian Cole Slaw. Actually have a recipe for it on my blog, but yours looks a little different than mine. Looking forward to the recipe.

  49. Sue says:

    I would love to try panko breadcrumbs and I do need a new cookbook.

  50. Busy-at-Home says:

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  51. Tarah says:

    I have used it before – I really enjoy it! I would pick the Italian Style Panko to try out!

  52. KellyH says:

    I’d like to try the Lemon Pepper style!

    Thanks!
    KellyH

  53. Elena says:

    I love Panko breadcrumbs and would like to try the Lemo Pepper style chicken!

  54. angela says:

    I have used the plain ones to make chicken tenders! I loved them, and thing the LP one would be yummy!

  55. I have not tried the Panko bread crumbs yet. I’d choose the Italian variety since I think that would be used A LOT in my kithcen.
    Thanks for sharing the recipe…looks great!

  56. Caitlin Langevin says:

    Yum! I’ve tried panko bread crumbs before and really enjoyed cooking with them. I’d love to try the lemon pepper variety. :)

  57. Hope says:

    I like panko a lot. They are so crunchy! I would like to try the lemon-pepper variety!

  58. Trisha Lynn says:

    I have not used the and would love to try the lemon pepper!

  59. Jay says:

    I have not used it but I would like to try the italian

  60. Jessica says:

    I’ve never used Panko before, but I would love to try the Italian. Thanks for the giveaway!

  61. Joanna says:

    I’ve used the plain but I’d love to try the lemon pepper.

  62. Courtney says:

    I’ve used the regular flavor ones before. I’d love to try the Italian
    Style.

  63. Diane says:

    I have a box of plain that I’m planning to use tonight for the first time ever. I would like to try lemon pepper next.

  64. Arleen says:

    I have not used Panko before, but the lemon chicken flavored style is definitely on my ‘to try’ list! As is the Italian!

  65. Caitlin says:

    I have not used Panko before, but I would love to try the Italian Style! Yum!

    jfishnu@hotmail.com

  66. Chrystal says:

    The Italian are my fave!

  67. amy dendy says:

    lemon panko crumbs sound amazing!

  68. CathyH says:

    I’ve never used them before but I’m going to now! I would what to try the plain first, use my own spices.

  69. dianad says:

    I’ve never tried them and I think I’d like to start with the plain. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway

  70. Eric R. says:

    haven’t used them but would love to try

  71. Kelly B says:

    I have used Panko bread crumbs before. My family loves the crunch they provide on chicken or fish. I have only used plain and added my own seasonings. I would love to try Progresso Lemon Pepper.

    Thanks!

    ThriftyWays(at)gmail(dot)com

  72. Jenn says:

    I’ve never used them, but I would love to try the lemon pepper! I love anything with that flavor. Thanks for the chance to win:)

  73. Terri L says:

    Never used them but would like to try the plain ones on pork tenderloin

  74. Theresa says:

    I’ve used Panko before and LOVED it! Please enter me!

  75. Dina says:

    I’ve never used them but would love to try the plain ones on chicken or fish.

  76. angela says:

    I’ve tried both the plain and the lemon pepper and love them!

  77. rloshea says:

    I love panko & would like to try the lemon pepper flavor!

    Awaiting His Shout,
    Rhiannon

  78. valerie says:

    yes – have used them
    lemon pepper sounds delish

  79. Sarah says:

    i used panko in a breaded fried shrimp dish!

  80. pamela james says:

    I never used panko before. I would like to try the lemon pepper-I love lemon!!

  81. Nancy Meyer says:

    I’ve used Panko before to coat clam cakes. I would like the italian flavored!

    nancymeyer1 at gmail dot com

  82. Wendy M says:

    I haven’t tried these, I was looking for a good idea for cooking some lemon pepper chicken. I love anything crunchy and would love to try the lemon pepper!

    Thanks for the great ideas.

  83. I would love to try the Progresso lemon pepper panko! I’ve tried the original verision before with baked chicken and it came out great! I’m sure the flavoring would add a lot though, so I’m dying to try it out!

    christauf4(at)gmail.com

  84. Leah Walker says:

    I have never tried this but would absolutely love to. I would like to try Progresso’s Italian Panko. I say ‘I’ but lately hubby has been getting into cooking and he loves to bread stuff so this may be something he would try rather than myself. Lol.

  85. shelby brigham says:

    ive never used them and would like to try the italian one

  86. thecoolmom says:

    I actually just bought a box of panko crumbs to try but haven’t yet. I would love to try the Lemon Pepper ones when they get to my area. The chicken looks wonderful!

  87. Libby says:

    Yes, I’ve used Panko crumbs before. I think the plain would be my favorite because I could season them to suit whatever recipe I happen to be making.

  88. Arianah Watts says:

    I have never tried Panko…I would love to try the italian crunbs to make chicken parm :)

  89. melita says:

    I have used both plain and the italian bread crumbs I will try the lemonpepper

  90. Jennifer T. says:

    I’ve never used Panko bread crumbs but I’d like to try the Italian Style Panko Bread Crumbs.
    jtmagmom73(at)gmail(dot)com

  91. Shari Larsen says:

    I have used them as a baked chicken coating.
    Would love to try the lemon pepper

  92. momznite says:

    Yes, I’ve tried the plain ones on chicken. I’d like to try the lemon pepper panko bread crumbs on Mahi Mahi.

    momznite_at_yahoo_daught_com

  93. Theresa D says:

    I have never tried panko bread crumbs before. I would love to try the Italian Style.

  94. Jennifer Ryder says:

    I have never used panko before but I would love to try the Lemon Pepper flavor.
    Thanks,
    Jen
    jryder416 at yahoo dot com

  95. Kim B says:

    I’ve never used panko before, but I’d like to try Italian! kimbarsness(at)yahoo(dot)com

  96. chris k. says:

    Have not used Panko before, I do salmon strips in the oven like fish sticks and would like to try the Lemon Pepper Panko on them.

  97. Jessica A says:

    We’ve used the plain and italian but i would like to try the lemon pepper.
    imjessica(at)mail(dot)com

  98. sarah woods says:

    Lemon Panko is a favorite on Mississippi Raised Catfish. Thanks Sw

  99. Kaye says:

    Yes, I’ve used panko before. Lemon Pepper Panko sounds like something I’m going to have to try.

  100. susitravl says:

    I’ve never tried Progresso’s Panko Bread Crumbs, but would like to try the Lemon Pepper.

    susitravl(at)gmail(dot)com

  101. theodore esteghamat says:

    I haven’t tried using panko but I’d use the lemon pepper on my pork chops.

  102. Blythe says:

    Ive never used Panko bread crumbs before, but I always wanted to try them. Im most interested in the Lemon Pepper Panko.

    lexbabe81 at aol dot com

  103. Sarah L says:

    I have used them and I would like to try lemon pepper

  104. gala says:

    I have not used panko before, I’d like to try the Italian style

  105. c.flanigan says:

    This recipe looks wonderful and I have bookmarked it in my recipe file. I just started using Panko bread crumbs recently and they will be the only ones I use from now on. I bake a lot of fish and chicken and these are the crumbs my family prefers. I have never seen the Lemon Pepper ones before but they would be my choice!
    Thanks.

  106. Ed Nemmers says:

    I have not used this product yet, I would like to try the Italian variety!

  107. Melissa Duncan says:

    I have used Panko bread crumbs to make chicken fingers using the plain original variety

  108. Alison says:

    I’d love to try the lemon pepper on my baked chicken. :)

    Thanks.

  109. Michelle Tucker says:

    We use panko all the time. It’s really good in a meatloaf! I’d like to try the italian for meatballs.

    michedt (at) gmail (dotcom)

  110. Kate says:

    I have used them before- I’d like to try the lemon pepper

  111. Sharon says:

    I haven’t tried the Progresso Panko Bread crumbs yet! I want to try the lemon pepper though because your chicken looks yummy! My cookie sheets are well used too and look like yours!!!
    Thanks!

  112. Marci G says:

    I have not yet tried panko, but I will be looking to try them out this week!
    I love trying new things and this looks YUMMY!

    philandmarci at byufans dot com

  113. Jennifer M says:

    I haven’t tried it, but I’d like to try the lemon one.

  114. Katy says:

    I have never tried it, I would love to try the Lemon Pepper! Sounds yummy!

  115. Shannon says:

    I haven’t tried them, I’d most like to try the lemon pepper

  116. Sand says:

    I often use panko and would love to try the Italian variety.

  117. Veronica Garrett says:

    I haven’t used Panko Bread Crumbs before. I would like to try the Italian Bread Crumbs.

  118. Gianna says:

    I’ve only tried homemade panko. I’d like to try the Italian.

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