Homemade Lemon Pepper Chicken Strips and a Giveaway!

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



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.


  1. 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!

    • says

      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.

  2. 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!

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

  3. 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!

  4. 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!!

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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 :)

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.


  11. 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.


  12. 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.

  13. 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

  14. Tamara B. says

    I have used Panko Italian bread crumbs many times and would like to try their Lemon Pepper flavored ones.

  15. 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

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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. :)

  19. 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.

  20. 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!

  21. 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.



  22. 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.

  23. says

    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!


  24. 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.

  25. 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!

  26. 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.

  27. Jennifer T. says

    I’ve never used Panko bread crumbs but I’d like to try the Italian Style Panko Bread Crumbs.

  28. 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.


  29. Jennifer Ryder says

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

  30. 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.

  31. susitravl says

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


  32. 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

  33. 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!

  34. 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)

  35. 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!!!

  36. 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


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