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Have you ever anticipated a cookbook that you just knew was going to be good?

I have been so excited for the release of Lori Lange’s cookbook – The Recipe Girl Cookbook.  I have been reading her blog for years now, and was so excited when she announced that she was writing a cookbook.  And I was even more excited when I had the cookbook in my hands!!  Lori’s recipes are the kind of recipes that I’m always drawn to – family friendly recipes, but often with a twist.  And her cookbook follows in line with her blog – great everyday recipes, with some great entertaining recipes and tips thrown in.


Review of The Recipe Girl Cookbook by Lori Lange

This cookbook really does have something for everyone.  From breakfast, lunch and dinner recipes to a wide variety of desserts, delicious salads and plenty of sides.  And if you are following a gluten-free, dairy-free or vegetarian diet, there are icons on each recipe so you can easily see if the recipe is adaptable for your special diet.  And if you are an entertainer, there is a whole chapter of menu ideas and tips and tricks.  See – something for everyone!!

Number of Photos: Many
The photos in the book are gorgeous – done by one of my favorite food photographers Matt Armendariz.  There isn’t a photo of every recipe, but the quality of the photos is amazing.

Difficulty Level of Recipes: Easy to Medium
The majority of the recipes are on the easy side of the scale.  But she does throw in a few recipes that are a little more advanced – or at least take a little more effort.  I love that there is such a variety of recipes in the cookbook.

Availability of Ingredients: Easy
No crazy ingredients here! In fact, I’m sure I could find a few recipes that could be made of all pantry staples.

Here’s what I made:

Cilantro Rice | www.tasteandtellblog.comCilantro Rice

If it wasn’t for my inability to cook something as simple as rice, this would have been perfect.  No fault of the recipe, (seriously – why can I not cook rice?), but the flavor of this rice was perfect.  A great side to any Mexican or Tex-Mex meal!

Butterfinger Brownies | www.tasteandtellblog.comButterfinger Brownies

Not even kidding – my 4-year old daughter came up  to me after eating one of these and told me that they were the best brownies that she had ever had.  And if you know how picky my daughter is, you’ll know that these have to be pretty darn good to get that kind of praise!

Tortilla-Crusted Chicken Tenders | www.tasteandtellblog.comTortilla Crusted Chicken Tenders

As a food blogger, it’s hard to admit that my kids don’t eat.  Seriously – dinnertime is a struggle pretty much every night.  And it’s basically impossible to get either of my kids to eat chicken unless we go out and have chicken nuggets.  But these chicken tenders?  A miracle.  Not only did both of my kids eat them, but they cleaned their plates.  This, my friends, is a miracle food!! Recipe Below

Overall thoughts:

I definitely think this cookbook is a winner.  I cannot wait to try the Apple-Bacon Waffles, the Butternut Squash Soup with Crispy Pancetta and Sage, and the Snickers Bar Cheesecake Pie.  I would not hesitate at all in recommending this cookbook!

Tortilla Crusted Chicken Tenders with Southwestern Dipping Sauce
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Chicken tenders take a Tex-Mex turn with these Tortilla Crusted Chicken Tenders with Southwestern Dipping Sauce.
Serves: 4 servings
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 teaspoons red taco sauce
  • 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lime juice
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ⅛ teaspoon cumin powder
Chicken Tenders
  • 4 taco-size corn tortillas
  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 large egg whites, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1½ lbs chicken tenders
  • ¼ cup vegetable or canola oil
Prepare the sauce:
  1. In a small bowl, combine all of the sauce ingredients. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Make the chicken:
  1. Tear the tortillas into strips and place in a food processor. Process until they form fine crumbs. Transfer them to a shallow bowl and add the flour, cumin and salt and mix to combine. In another shallow bowl, combine the egg whites and milk.
  2. Heat the oil over medium-high heat in a large skillet. Dip each of the chicken tenders in the egg mixture and then into the tortilla mixture, pressing to coat if needed. Add the chicken strips to the hot oil and cook until the chicken is golden and crispy, 2 to 3 minutes on each side. Serve with the sauce.
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  4. source: The Recipe Girl Cookbook

Other recipes from The Recipe Girl Cookbook:

Peanut Butter and Jelly Muffins from Two Peas and Their Pod
Avocado-Topped Hot Dogs with Creamy Chipotle Sauce from Picky Palate
Sweet Smokin’ Hot Mango Chipotle Guacamole from Eat, Live, Run
Cheese Ravioli with Brown Butter and Fresh Tomato Sauce from Kevin and Amanda
Garlicky Swiss Chard and Chickpeas from FoodieCrush
Snickerdoodle Blondies from RecipeBoy
Tomato Mascarpone Risotto from What’s Gaby Cooking


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23 Responses to Tortilla Crusted Chicken Tenders | Recipe Girl Cookbook Review

  1. Rosa says:

    A lovely sounding book. That is one great chicken recipe!



  2. I have been waiting eagerly for her book, too! I know it’s going to be amazing and with the diversity of recipes and that Matt did the photography, no doubt, a total winner!

    Glad your 4 year old approves of the brownies & declares them the best ever. Then again, I’ve never met a kid who would say no to a brownie 🙂

  3. Awesome that you found a recipe the kids love! Sounds like a great cookbook! And those butterfinger brownies?! Yum.

  4. Great review!! I need to get my hands on a copy of this book!

  5. Tracey says:

    I love your review of Lori’s book – I can’t wait to get my own copy and start cooking from it 🙂 A great spin on chicken fingers, my picky husband would definitely approve!

  6. Tieghan says:

    Loving her book. All the recipes are so delicious!1 This chicken is a must make on my list! My family loves chicken tenders!

  7. Her website is such a great resource, My sister learnt to cook from it when I recommended it to her a few months back. Now she is addicted like me. I love using ritz crackers or gold fish if I do not have totrilla on me.

  8. carrian says:

    perfect review. Can’t wait to check out her book.

  9. These chicken tenders sound so great! I can’t wait to get my hands on Lori’s cookbook! 🙂

  10. Amanda says:

    Love this review!! Totally want to try those Butterfinger Brownies now!! 🙂

  11. Adrea Tidwell says:

    Do you think I could substitute cornstarch for the flour to make it gluten free, or use a GF flour? Really would like to try this!

  12. All of the dishes you made look delicious. I want all of it! I knew I wanted Lori’s cookbook, but now even more. Can’t wait to get it!

  13. It’s so exciting to see Lori’s book out! These chicken tenders are sure to become our family favorite!

  14. I love the tortilla crust on these tenders, great idea!

  15. Emily says:

    You had me at “tortilla-crusted”…

  16. Joanne says:

    I’m so excited about Lori’s cookbook as well! I’m cooking from it this weekend and can’t wait!

  17. What a great review of Lori’s book. I need to get one soon!!!

  18. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    This looks wonderful 🙂 I can’t wait to get a look at that book!

  19. This book is on my list – everything I have read sounds great! I know these chicken tenders would be a huge hit at our house – my son loves helping me make chicken nuggets for dinner!

  20. I love your review on this cookbook, and now I want one! Thank you! … and these chicken tenders sound delicious … tortillas, who would have thunk it. Yum!

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