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Chicken Tender Parmesan with Arrabbiata Sauce (Nugglets & Sp’ghetti)

This is a quick and healthy weeknight meal. (About 30 minutes start to finish). Big kids like to help make it too- notice AJ-Beans hands in the photos…





  • 1 package whole-grain pasta
  • 1 jar pasta sauce (homemade or store-bought)
  • 1 package chicken tenders (or chicken breasts sliced into strips)
  • 1/4-1/3 cup Flour, seasoned with salt & pepper
  • 1/4 cup Egg whites
  • 1/2 cup Whole Wheat Panko (Ian’s brand is really tasty)
  • Fresh Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Put a pot of water on to boil for your pasta.
Whip together a quick tomato sauce:

  • 1 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes
  • Spices (Sprinkle of Garlic Salt, 2 Pinchs Red Pepper Flakes, Dash of Basil).
  • Handful of spinach
Let simmer at least 20 minutes, tasting and readjusting seasonings as needed.
While it simmers, prepare your chicken:
Dredge the tenders in flour….


Then egg whites…
Then Panko crumbs.
Place triple-dipped nugglets on a oil sprayed broiler pan.
Spray all with olive oil.



Bake about 10-12 minutes or until browned and crunchy, flipping once through if needed (I had to hit broil the last 2 minutes a side).

Dish up pasta with sauce, chicken tenders on side and sprinkle with fresh Parmesan or Romano cheese. Serve with a big green salad…

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