I’m a meat and potatoes kind of gal, so when Kinnikinnick sent us a box of their Gluten-Free Panko Style Bread Crumbs, with accompanying recipes for crispy chicken and parmesan potatoes, I was excited to try them out.
Both recipes were fairly simple. To make the chicken, I sliced a chicken breast into tenders, dredged the tenders in rice flour, coated them with a whisked whole egg, and then rolled them in the bread crumbs. I baked the chicken tenders at 375° for 20 minutes and flipped them once during cooking.
The potatoes were chopped into small pieces and coated in olive oil. I combined the bread crumbs with herbs, spices, and grated parmesan cheese and then rolled the potato pieces in the mixture. I did have a slight problem with the breadcrumb coating not sticking to the potatoes as well as it had to the chicken. But nothing insurmountable – I just did my best to keep them together, and the finished product turned out to be a good blend of potato and bread crumbs. I cooked the potatoes at 375° for 25-30 minutes and turned them after 15 minutes.
The resulting chicken tenders had a wonderfully crispy crust. Since these are panko-style crumbs, the texture was crunchy, rather than flaky, and it complemented the chicken well. The crumbs themselves, however, had little flavor, so I think it’s best to follow the box’s suggestion to mix in your favorite herbs or spices with the crumbs. Mostly, I was impressed that the leftover chicken stayed crunchy, even after a day in the refrigerator!
The bread crumbs came out much differently on the potatoes than on the chicken. Since the bread crumbs did not coat the entire potato, the crumbs were more of a crunchy topping than a crust. However, I liked the combined textures of the soft potatoes with the crispy coating. Also, because of the spices and cheese I added to the breadcrumbs, the potatoes had a delicious flavor.
Overall, I think that Kinnikinnick’s Panko Style Bread Crumbs are very handy and add a nice touch to a meal. Kinnikinnick recommends using the crumbs for chicken, pork, fish, and vegetables. Although the recipes I used took little preparation, if you just don’t have the time, you can try Bell & Evans pre-made Gluten Free Chicken Tenders. Also, see our Grocery Guide for 28 other brands that offer gluten-free pre-made meal listings.