Hanukkah Recipe: Unfried Chicken

In the Hanukkah story one tiny jar of oil keeps the lamps burning for eight full nights. Since Hanukkah celebrates this miracle, it's traditional to eat foods fried in oil as part of the festivities. We got together with Los Angeles PJ Library Connector Jennifer Stempel, aka the Cuban Reuben, to find four kid-friendly, easy to prepare, Hanukkah recipes that make preparing fried (or unfried) foods easy. 

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Unfried Chicken

cooked chicken


1 8oz bag of plain potato chips
1 cup French-fried onions
1 teaspoon paprika
2 tablespoons brown sugar
½ cup flour
2 eggs, beaten
Salt and pepper to taste
2 lbs chicken tenders


  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with heavy duty foil, and place a cooling rack on the cookie sheet. Spray with non-stick cooking spray.
  • In a gallon-sized zip top plastic bag, add potato chips, French fried onions, paprika, and brown sugar. Squeeze air out of the bag, zip the top closed, and use your hands to crumble the contents of the bag. If you've got some helpers on hand, let them do the crumbling--toddlers to teens can help out here. Set bag aside.
  • Add the flour and eggs to two individual shallow bowls. Season both with salt and pepper. In a third shallow bowl, add half of the potato chip crumble.
  • Coat the chicken tenders in the flour, then the eggs, then the potato chip crumble, and lay each tender flat on the rack on the cookie sheet.
  • Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until chicken is golden brown and cooked through.
  • Serve immediately with your favorite dipping sauce.

Note: the cooling rack on top of the cookie sheet helps make sure that the chicken remains crunchy all over during the cooking process.



Find Hanukkah activities, recipes, story ideas, and more on the PJ Library Hanukkah hub.