4 tablespoons plus
½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 cup buttermilk
1½ pounds chicken tenders (about 18)
3 large garlic cloves, minced
½ teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
Freshly ground black pepper
1¼ cups freshly grated parmesan
¾ cup Italian-style seasoned bread crumbs
Preheat the oven to 500°F.
Brush 1 tablespoon of oil over each of 2 heavy large lined baking sheets. Place the buttermilk in a large bowl. Add the chicken tenders and stir to coat. Let stand at least 15 minutes and up to 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, mash the garlic with the salt in a medium bowl. Whisk in the vinegar and then the remaining ½ cup of oil. Season the vinaigrette, to taste, with pepper. Transfer the vinaigrette to a small serving bowl. Stir the Parmesan and bread crumbs in a pie dish.
Remove the chicken tenders from the buttermilk and dredge them in the bread crumb mixture to coat completely, pressing to adhere. Arrange the coated chicken tenders on the prepared baking sheets, spacing evenly.
Drizzle the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil over the chicken tenders and bake until they are cooked through and golden brown, about 12 minutes. At the end of the baking time, glaze the tenders with the basalmic vinaigrette.
Yields: 6 servings
Time to make: 12 min .