How do we turn the ultimate kid food into adult food? Ashley Rodriguez/Food52 / Via food52.com Oh, hello there. You look so grown up! Ashley Rodriguez/Food52 / Via food52.com Here's how to make the crispest, juiciest, most ADULT chicken tenders. 1. Dry-brine Ashley Rodriguez/Food52 / Via food52.com Dry-brining is a very adult thing to do, and yet it is SO EASY. You basically just toss the chicken in salt, thyme, oregano, and a myriad of other spices —this ensures a flavorful, juicy result. Chicken tenders look a little awkward in this life stage, but they're about to blossom. 2. Dredge the chicken in a crisp, flavorful coating. This helps the chicken mature a little, getting tossed around in breadcrumbs and all. The Parmesan adds a sophisticated and adult touch. 3. The dipping sauce Ashley Rodriguez/Food52 / Via food52.com No ketchup! It's apple cider sweet and sour sauce! Seasonal and delicious. 4. Follow the recipe Ashley Rodriguez/Food52 / Via food52.com The fact that there's even a recipe is proof that these chicken tenders are all grown up. So long baby frozen tenders. Say hello to the adult variety. Chicken Tenders with Apple Cider Sweet and Sour SauceServes 6 to 8For the apple cider sweet and sour sauce:1 cup apple cider1/3 cup apple cider vinegar1/3 cup brown sugar2 tablespoons tomato paste1 tablespoon soy sauce1 tablespoon cornstarchFor the chicken tenders:2 pounds boneless chicken tenders1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt1/2 teaspoon dried thyme1/2 teaspoon dried oregano1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika1/2 teaspoon garlic powder1 pinch cayenne1/2 cup flour1/2 teaspoon salt1 cup buttermilk1 egg10 dashes Worcestershire sauce1 cup panko breadcrumbs1/4 cup finely grated ParmesanFlaky saltOil, for fryingSee the full recipe (and save and print it) here. Ashley Rodriguez contributed to this post. For more, visit Food52.