Tuesday, July 16, 2013

More Trains: BBQ Chip Chicken Strips

Y'all have figured out that Thatbaby likes trains right?  Likes might be an understatement.  Thatbbay is obsessed with choo choo trains.

This past weekend we decided to explore the train-culture of Balboa Park.

I adore Balboa Park.  It is one of my all time favorite areas of San Diego and on my MUST DO for anyone visiting.

There is a mini-railroad in the park that runs beside the zoo.  Knowing how much Thatbaby loves trains, I knew he would love to ride this one.

And I was right.  He did!

Except for the tunnel.  Which he was NOT a fan of.  He got very scared every time Thatboy mentioned the tunnel.  And he wanted to sit on my lap and have me hold him close when we went through.

Afterwards we took him to the Model Railroad Museum so he could see "more choo choo trains."  He loved every minute of it.

We followed up the day with a very kid-friendly meal.  Chicken tenders and potatoes.  And not just any chicken tenders.  When I saw chicken tenders coated with bbq chips on Joelen's blog, I knew they would be something that I HAD to make.   All kids love chicken tenders.  All kids love potato chips.  So the thought of combining the two seems like a sure fire winner.  And it was.  To an extent.  This is a recipe that is totally dependent on the chips you use.  So go for broke.  Get the best, most flavorful chips you can.  The ones I used (Trader Joes) weren't all that BBQ-y, so it left us with chicken that was a little bland.  Thatbaby still loved it, but Thatboy wasn't as impressed.  So learn from our mistake!

BBQ Chip Chicken Strips  (From What's Cooking Chicago)
1 lb chicken tenders
 1 tsp salt 
1/2 tsp ground pepper 
1 tsp garlic powder 
1 egg 
1 Tbsp water 
2 Tbsp butter, melted 
1 cup crushed BBQ potato chips 

  1. Preheat oven to 375.  Put chicken tenders in a  shallow pan and season with salt, pepper and garlic powder. 
  2. Whisk egg and water together in another shallow pan.  
  3. Combine potato chips, melted butter and parsley in a gallon sized storage bag. 
  4. Dip seasoned chicken in egg wash and then place in storage bag with potato chips. Seal bag and shake to coat the chicken. Transfer coated chicken to a baking pan and repeat with all chicken tenders.  Bake for 20-30 minutes or until chicken is cooked through; 


  1. We have been wanting to visit San Diego and San Fran but just havent made it over there yet...

    Those chicken tenders looks amazing!!! Want to make these soon!!!

  2. wow, totally loved its colour and texture:) Well done:)

  3. The chicken tenders look delicious. I will have to try it. Aww, that baby is so sweet!

  4. His love of trains is so adorable!