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.
Today I bring you one of my favorite varieties (because I only bring you my favorites!): Spicy Cajun Cornmeal Chicken Tenders with Sweet Peach Barbecue Sauce. (Don’t let the word “spicy” scare you off – it doesn’t have to be spicy – you can use less cayenne pepper or omit it completely).
The chicken is 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, it adds an extra element of crunch that can’t be beat!
The barbecue sauce simmers away as you prepare your 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!