So I made this recipe I saw the other day online. In addition to the baking mix and cheddar cheese, it also called for cooked and crumbled bacon pieces.
I tried it at first with the bacon pieces, but I can tell you from my experience, the bacon crumbles simply did not adhere to the chicken, so I opted to just go for it without the added bacon. Worked like a champ and the tenders had an awesome cheddar cheese taste.
8-10 chicken tenders (or boneless chicken breasts cut into strips)
1 1/3 cup baking mix (like Bisquick)
1 cup finely shredded cheddar cheese
1 tsp. garlic salt
1 tsp. black pepper
1 tsp. paprika
2 eggs, beaten
Preheat deep fryer to 375 degrees (or put about 1 cup oil in a large skillet to fry).
Combine baking mix, shredded cheddar cheese, garlic salt, black pepper and paprika in a large zip-top bag, shaking well to mix.
Beat eggs in a shallow bowl, and dip half the chicken tenders in the egg, then add them to the zip-top bag, seal bag and shake to coat. Remove tenders to a cooling rack.
Repeat with remaining chicken tenders and allow to rest 30 minutes before frying (this helps the coating stick to the chicken).
Fry chicken tenders in batches for approx. 8-10 minutes, or until cooked through. Remove tenders from fryer and let drain on paper towels. Keep warm in the oven set on 170 degrees while the remaining tenders are frying. Serve immediately.
Yield: 4-5 servings