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I am not someone who sits down and eats a big breakfast every morning. I’m more of the person who grabs something quick, filling, and delicious. I often choose Quaker® Oatmeal Squares as a good start to my morning. My husband is more of the Quaker® Real Medleys® or Quaker® Life type of guy. Regardless, we both enjoy Quaker® wholesome cereals in the morning as a quick and easy breakfast idea. I also like to pack a baggie filled with Quaker® Simply Granola and dried fruit in my backpack in the morning so I can have a snack mid-morning at school or to help fuel me at aerobics after school.
But have you ever used your breakfast cereal in a lunch or dinner recipe? When I was young my mother worked during the day and my dad worked at night. That meant my dad was home during the day and spent a lot of quality time with my brother and I. One thing he enjoyed doing was cooking and I enjoyed hanging out in the kitchen while he cooked. He had a signature dish that he called Chicken ala Fig (because of our last name) and while I’m not sure of the actual ingredients, I know he used cereal to coat the chicken. It was an awesome lunch that I loved as a kid but haven’t had it since.
I wanted to recreate that delicious chicken recipe but also put my own spin on it. So when I went to Walmart I grabbed a package of chicken then headed over to the cereal aisle. I wasn’t sure what type of cereal my dad used but I decided on Quaker® Life cereal since it’s a cereal I know and trust. After I had those two main ingredients I went to find some buffalo sauce to toss the chicken fingers with. But I wasn’t finished yet. In my head I had these awesome chicken fingers and I knew I needed some ranch seasoning to complete the dish.
When I got home I crushed up the Quaker® Life cereal and mixed it with the ranch seasoning. I coated the chicken with the mixture and fried it in a skillet. After it was completely cooked I tossed it with the buffalo sauce. I placed a few Buffalo Ranch Chicken Tenders on each plate and served it with a side of ranch dipping sauce. The tenders were super crispy, had a hint of sweetness from the cereal which was awesome with the spicy buffalo, and had a kick of ranch as well. It was the perfect recreation of my dad’s recipe with a little added flavor.
- 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken tenders
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 1 1/2 c. Quaker® Life cereal
- 1 packet ranch dressing mix
- 2 T. olive oil
- 1/4 c. buffalo sauce
- 3 garlic cloves
- 1/4 c. ranch dressing
- Place the eggs in a shallow dish. Set aside.
- Place the Quaker® Life cereal in a zip top baggie. Crush the cereal with the palm of your hand or with a small mallet.
- Pour the cereal crumbs into another shallow dish along with the ranch dressing mix and toss to combine.
- Place the olive oil in a large skillet. Heat over medium heat.
- Dip each chicken tender into the eggs and then coat with the ranch cereal mixture. Place the chicken tenders in the skillet and cook for 5-7 minutes per side or until browned and cooked through.
- Once the chicken is cooked through combine the buffalo sauce and garlic cloves and pour into the skillet. Heat the chicken and buffalo sauce for 2-3 minutes or until the tenders are coated.
- Remove from skillet and serve with ranch dressing.
A Hezzi-D original recipe
I’ve shared my creative way to use cereal in a dinner recipe now I want to hear from you? What creative recipes do you have for using cereal?