Oven-Baked Crunchy Chicken with Sweet Potato Fries

There’s no denying that fried chicken is one of the most satisfying foods your taste buds will enjoy -- but with this recipe you can take pleasure in baking such a reliable source of protein. It’s easy to prepare, and since splattered grease will be non-existent, your stovetop will thank you.    Sweet potatoes, not to be confused with yams which are much sweeter, are a delicious source of fiber and other important vitamins and minerals, such as Vitamin E and potassium. Paired with the crunchy chicken, this is a healthy combination kids will love.   Makes 4 servings.

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    Ingredients:
    1 ½ - 2lbs. Chicken tenderloins
    1 cup whole wheat flour
    ¼ cup cornmeal
    ¼ cup almonds or cashews, finely chopped
    ¼ cup panko crumbs
    2 tablespoons spiced seasoning*
    3 tablespoons vegetable oil
    2 egg whites, lightly beaten
    Salt and black pepper to taste
    3 medium sized sweet potatoes
    ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil Grill seasoning**
    *Spice Seasoning – we used a combination of garlic powder, chipotle powder, sweet paprika and onion powder
    **Grill seasoning – found in the spices aisle of your grocery store or, to make your own, combine 3 tbls fresh coarse ground black pepper, 1 tbls coarse salt, 1 tbls onion powder, 1 tbls garlic powder, 1 tbls ground coriander, 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes. Store with other spices and use as needed.
    Elizabeth Carrion
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    Step 1: Heat oven to 350 degrees. Peel and cut sweet potatoes into fries. The smaller the cut, the faster they will bake.
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    Step 2: Liberally, sprinkle grill seasoning to taste. Mix well. Add ¼ cup olive oil and mix again.
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    Step 3: Bake in the oven for about 45 minutes or until soft. Baking time varies depending on cut size of fries.
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    Step 4: While sweet potatoes are baking, prepare your chicken fingers. Add salt and pepper to taste to the chicken.
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    Step 5: In a bowl, separate egg whites from the egg yolks and beat lightly with fork.
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    Step 6: Place flour in a small bowl. In a separate bowl, combine cornmeal, almonds, panko crumbs and spiced seasoning.
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    Step 7: Dip chicken in egg, then dredge crumb mixture and place on a baking sheet.
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    Step 8: Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes.
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    Step 9: Serve with your favorite salsa.
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