Chicken Fingers

April 13th, 2009 by katie

One of the fastest, easiest meals you can make for picky kids is chicken.  Chicken nuggets, chicken fingers: there is something about the familiar, buttery flavor of a chicken breast that puts kids at ease.  Breading and pan-frying chunks of chicken breast takes very little time and served with some steamed veggies and my favorite sweet potato fries you’ve got a great, quick meal that everyone will eat.

Chicken Fingers

serves 4, prep: 10 min, cook time 30 min
  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts, trimmed of fat
  • 1 cup flour (can sub all or part whole wheat flour or corn meal)
  • 2 eggs
  • salt and pepper
  • oil for frying
  1. Cut chicken breasts into small pieces, either small strips or nuggets.
  2. Place egg in a bowl and place flour in another bowl, add any seasonings to flour like salt, pepper, garlic, or mustard powder.
  3. Dip chicken pieces in egg, allowing excess to drip off.
  4. Then roll chicken in flour until completely coated.
  5. Set aside and dip and coat all chicken pieces.
  6. In a heavy skillet, heat about 1 inch of oil until it bubbles when you toss in a bit of flour.
  7. Cook chicken nuggets in batches, turning several times, until golden brown and juices are clear.
  8. Drain on paper towels and serve.

I use light olive oil as my all-purpose oil.  You can use it to fry your chicken and your potatoes if desired, then strain it into a clean jar and store it in the fridge or pantry for another meal.  You can also omit the eggs and just soak the chicken in a bit of milk or buttermilk.

Cost Analysis:

  • 1 lb all natural chicken breasts: $3.99
  • 2 cage-free eggs: $0.37
  • 2 cups organic frozen broccoli florets: $0.49
  • 1 lb frozen julienned sweet potatoes: $3.39
  • Total cost for 4 servings: $8.24 or $2.06 per serving
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Posted in Budget, Easy, Fast, Main Dish

9 Responses

  1. Nancy

    I’ve got chicken tenders in my freezer and now I have a plan for them. My girls will love this.

  2. EB

    OH man. I was just rereading The Omnivore’s Dilemma today and it was the McNugget section… I called my brother to yell at him for continuing to feed them to his kids… I guess I could be a bit more diplomatic and send this to him eh?

  3. Cheryl

    I haven’t made chicken like this in years, mostly because I’ve been on a roasted chicken bender and my kids have outgrown their McNugget phase. But these look great, esp. with a little bbq sauce for dipping.

    (I always think of breaded meat as ugly, but you’ve managed to make these visually enticing. Nice.)

  4. noble pig

    My youngest will pretty much only eat chicken fingers!

  5. carmen

    Oooh yum … we don’t have kids but I think us adults will love this too. 🙂 Hehe.

    Thanks for your comment on my post; I agree it’s totally strange for someone to pick up your child (even if he meant well!). I do think it’s inappropriate to handle strangers’ children if you haven’t received permission to do so!

  6. Daniel

    This is brilliant!
    How cool is that to create a better and healthier version of fast food chicken fingers at home. Thanks for sharing!

    Dan
    Casual Kitchen

  7. sweetbird

    I loves me some chicken fingers. I can rarely justify frying, but I may make an exception tomorrow. Now I’m craving them…

  8. Nancy

    Made these Sunday night for dinner with boneless chicken tenders. Mmmm. Just like fried chicken!

  9. Misty

    My youngest son is a very picky eater and will only eat Chicken Fingers/Nuggets, Fish Sticks, Pizza and Fries. These will be great for him.

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