Five Dolla Dinna

It’s hard to arrange time to make a good, balanced meal while in college. Schoolwork is stressful, money is tight and time is scarce- sometimes we need to take a break from the chinese take out and tackle those good-for-you foods. Don’t fear- it won’t be expensive, it won’t be time consuming, and it’s already college-student approved!

Let me break it down for you:

  • $1.50- Fresh Express Salad Kit (2:1 at Publix this week, woot!)
  • $3.03- Chicken tenderloins (3/4 lbs or 4-5 small strips)
  • 30 minutes (Cooking and eating time)
Looks pretty good to me…

Baked Chicken Tenderloins a la Salad

Look at me gettin’ all fancy with that French- these are easy, cheap and healthy so take a break from the take out and try this recipe out!

  • 1 small package Chicken Tenderloins
  • 1/4 cup marinade (oil-based salad dressings, Mojo marinade, BBQ sauce… anything!)
  • 1 package pre-made salad mix- I used Fresh Express because it was on sale at Publix!
  • 3/4 cup breadcrumbs
  1. In between your afternoon classes, take your chicken tenderloins and put them in a ziploc bag with the marinade. Let it sit in the fridge for a couple of hours and get all happy for dinnertime!
  2. A couple hours later (or in a few minutes, it just depends on how much flavor you want in the tenderloins. You don’t have to marinade at all if you don’t want to!), put the breadcrumbs in a shallow dish. Grease a baking sheet or use aluminum foil and set it next to the breadcrumbs.
  3. Take the tenderloins out of the bag with a fork one by one and flip them around in the breadcrumbs to coat their backs and fronts. Arrange on the baking dish
  4. In a 350* oven, bake the tenderloins for 20 minutes until they are golden brown and firm
  5. While the chicken is baking, arrange a salad (Greens are good for you! If you want to cheat, I used this delicious Pear-Gorgonzola Salad Kit from Fresh Express. I would normally arrange my own, but Publix convinced me to be lazy and buy it pre-made.)
  6. Toss your salad with your favorite dressing and when the chicken is ready, place a few strips on top. Wa-la! Easy, fast and delicious. You can even pour a little more dressing in the salad to dip the tenderloins in- yum!
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Author:Rachel Johnson

Writer/Photographer/Food Person Stupid Good: When food is so simple and delicious, it's just stupid. www.stupidgoodrachel.com

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