The reason that I made this dinner is because Max thought it was perfectly sane to go to Noodles and company and drop $15 on chicken and buttered noodles! Are you kidding me??
I grabbed a package of chicken tenderloins, salted, peppered and little garlic powder on top, rolled them in some Panco bread crumbs and fried in a pan with olive oil. You can see from the photo that there is enough oil in the pan to cover half. You don't need to submerge the entire thing, it's ok to flip:) Make sure your oil is hot enough before you put chicken in or you'll be disappointed. Typically takes just a minute or two. You can test if it's hot enough by putting the handle of a wooden spoon in the middle and if it sizzles up, it's ready. Or you can be like me and wait 2 minutes and just drop in a small piece and see if it starts sizzling before I add more. Flip when it starts looking like this, about 2-3 minutes. Tenderloins are pretty thin so they cook up quick.
Flip and fry for another minute or two.
Remove the chicken and drain on paper towels. Sprinkle with salt.
Pick your pasta choice and cook to desired doneness. You should start your water to boil when you start prepping the chicken so it's all done at the same time. Make sure you put some salt in the water, a teaspoon or so works. I used the small package of thin spaghetti because that's what I had but they prefer a more twisty noodle or bow tie.
Drain your choice and toss with 1/2 stick of butter and about 1/2 cup of grated fresh parmesan. You can go heavier with it but that's how my kids like it. Sprinkle some garlic powder and pepper on top and serve. You shouldn't need to add more salt but taste it, if it's a bit flat, sprinkle some on.