Cajun Chicken Tenders that are wonderfully juicy on the inside, crispy on the outside with just the right amount of spice all over.
There is nothing like a big bucket of crispy KFC fried chicken – on the beach. A friend brought KFC to the beach once and it immediately became our favorite “beach meal.” Now we hoard our KFC coupons so we can have chicken at the beach whenever we go to the beach! Not only is the chicken juicy and crispy, it is the perfect beach finger food – easy to eat, easy to share and easy to clean up!
Beach or no beach, there is just something about crispy breaded chicken that is SO GOOD! I am a major food texture person, so I absolutely love the combination of crunchy on the outside, moist chicken on the inside in all its varieties…and there are TONS of scrumptious varieties but these Cajun Chicken Tenders are one of my favorites!
How to Make Cajun Chicken
These Spicy Cajun Chicken Tenders are breaded in a combination of Cajun spiced cornmeal and panko breadcrumbs and then browned (not fried!) in a skillet to create a perfectly toasted, spicy exterior. If you have never used cornmeal in your chicken breading before, I also use it in my Oven Baked Chicken because it adds an extra element of crunch that can’t be beat!
And please don’t let the word “spicy” scare you off – this Cajun Chicken doesn’t have to be spicy – you can use less cayenne pepper or omit it completely.
The Cajun Chicken is then bathed in smooth sweet Peach Barbecue Sauce – the combination of which is divine.
To make the peach barbecue sauce, combine ketchup, molasses, brown sugar, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, spices and peaches to a small saucepan and stir to combine. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes or until peaches are tender. When peaches are tender, add barbecue sauce to a blender and pulse to desired consistency. You want to take care not to cover your blender completely or it will explode – I suggest lifting a corner of the lid and covering this part with a paper towel.
At this point you have wonderfully smooth, sweet Peach Barbecue sauce that is the perfect companion to your spicy Cajun Chicken.
The Peach Barbecue Sauce simmers away as you prepare your Cajun Chicken, so the meal comes together quite quickly. If you don’t have time or don’t have any peaches on hand, you can use regular barbecue sauce or even ranch as dip, but definitely try the Peach Barbecue Sauce at some point because it is delish!
Even though this Cajun Chicken is not KFC (it’s MUCH healthier and more flavorful!), it is guaranteed to become a family favorite as everyone digs in, because after all, it is simply “peachy”!
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