Homemade Chicken Fingers

Homemade Chicken Fingers

This simple recipe makes it easy to prepare your own chicken strips while knowing where the ingredients came from.  Three ingredients, freezer friendly and kid approved! Enjoy.

When I started my journey to preparing a healthier version of my family’s favorite meals, the request for chicken fingers was on the top ten.  I never really felt good about feeding the kids some of the frozen varieties and even worse, the local fast food kind.  I’ll tell you why …

If I serve meat to my family, I want the label to read meat.  Not fifteen other things that I can’t even pronounce.  Example:  the chicken nuggets, what exactly is in them?  Read the label, you’ll be surprised.

and ..

I don’t want my family eating deep-fried foods all the time, either.  Yes, we can enjoy a treat but chicken nuggets (or strips, fingers) have become a part of our daily diet.  They are no longer a treat.  Our kids are eati fried everything, almost daily.  My belief is if you’re willing to make it at home, from scratch (and bake it), go for it.  You’d can have your chicken strips and eat it too!

Bake up a batch of chicken strips, add a few favorite dipping sauces and you’ll have the kids grinning eat to ear.  As a parent, you’ll be doing your best to get wholesome foods into their tummies.

homemade chicken fingers

What you’ll need for this recipe:

Three simple ingredients.  Now, I challenge you to check the ingredient list of the chicken fingers (nuggets, strips, burgers) you have in your freezer.  How many ingredients?  Anything there you can’t pronounce?  What about the chicken you get at the drive thru?  You probably don’t even want to knpow about that.  You have to be careful, not all chicken is created equal.

Instructions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.

2. Cut the chicken breasts into long strips.

3. Beat eggs.

4. Place bread crumbs into a shallow dish.

5. Prepare a baking sheet.

6. In a frying pan, heat up a tablespoon of oil.

7. Dip the chicken strip into the egg mixture.

8. Roll in the bread crumbs (use a fork to press crumbs onto the chicken).

9. Place chicken in the frying pan, fry for about 2 minutes per side (until crisp).

10. Transfer to the baking sheet and continue with all the chicken strips.

11. Bake for approx. 20 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 165° F.

homemade chicken fingers

This recipe is great for making ahead.  Make and freeze batches for delicious after school snacks, salad toppings and fillings for wraps.  No guilt, enjoy them.

Freezing and serving tips:  the chicken strips can be prepared and frozen.  After you bake them, cool them in the fridge and then store in an air tight container.  Freeze for up to a month.  To serve them, remove them from the freeze, place on a baking sheet that’s been sprayed with cooking spray.  Bake in a preheated 400° F oven for approx. 15 minutes, reduce the heat to 350° F and continue to bake for another 10 to 12 minutes.

For another kid approved, made from scratch recipe, try my Perfect Macaroni and Cheese recipe that’s packed full of goodness.  For a treat these 3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies are a hit with kids of all ages.  Make your own breakfast worthy Raspberry Bran Muffins.

Homemade Chicken Fingers

This simple recipe shows how easy it is to make your own chicken fingers using wholesome ingredients. They are freezer friendly so make more than one batch. The kids will love homemade chicken fingers dipped in their favorite condiments.

  • Prep Time: 15m
  • Cook Time: 25m
  • Total Time: 40m

Ingredients

  • 2 c Panko bread crumbs (gluten free)
  • 2 Large eggs
  • 1 lb Boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into long strips
  • Extra virgin olive or coconut oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Beat the eggs.
  3. In a shallow dish, place bread crumbs.
  4. Heat 1 tbsp. oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat.
  5. Work in batches, dipping strips of chicken into the egg batter.
  6. Roll in the bread crumbs, using a fork to press them onto the strips.
  7. Place in the fryi.ng pan and cook about 2 minutes per side.
  8. Until crispy.
  9. Transfer to a baking sheet.
  10. Continue with the rest of the chicken strips.
  11. Bake for 20 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 165° F.

homemade chicken fingers

Have you found a healthier way to prepare you family’s favorite dish?  I’d love to hear about it in the comments below.

 

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I'm Dawn, chief cook and bottle washer here at Taste of Yum. Creating healthy meals that my whole family will love, is my thing. Keeping it real with wholesome ingredients and managing a happy balance (yes, that means treats too). Healthy starts in the kitchen. Also a busy mom, Certified Kid's Nutritionist and Foodie.

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