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Recipe: Crispy Baked Chicken Fingers

Recipe: Crispy Baked Chicken Fingers

What child doesn't LOVE chicken fingers? This recipe captures everything there is to love about the ever-popular kids meal, with a crispy, crunchy, flavorful exterior and tender white meat interior. Served with this delicious honey-mustard dipping sauce, your kids won’t miss the drive-through variety.

Serves 4


1-1 1/2 lbs chicken tenders or chicken breasts cut into strips
1 cup buttermilk
1 1/2 cups Italian-seasoned dry bread crumbs
3 tbsp olive oil
kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

For the Dipping Sauce:

1 cup sour cream
2 tbsp Dijon mustard
2 tbsp honey
kosher salt and freshly ground pepper


Preheat oven to 375˚.
Soak chicken in buttermilk for 20 minutes or if using frozen chicken, place the chicken in the buttermilk while it thaws in the refrigerator.  In a bowl, combine breadcrumbs, ½ tsp salt, and a fresh grinding of pepper.  Pour olive oil into breadcrumbs and, using a fork, mash to coat the breadcrumbs in the oil.
Remove chicken tenders from buttermilk, allowing excess milk to drip off, then press chicken into the breadcrumbs.  Place chicken tenders onto a baking sheet and bake in the oven for 6 minutes.  Remove the tray, flip the chicken tenders and continue to bake until chicken is done - about 6-8 minutes more.
For the dipping sauce, mix all ingredients together and season with salt and pepper to taste.
Serve with mashed potatoes and your favorite green vegetable.  The dipping sauce tastes great mixed into the potatoes, too!

Amanda Haas is a cookbook author, cooking video host, and the founder of  One Family One Meal, a website that helps families menu plan, grocery shop, and cook on a budget.  Her latest writing collaboration is with renowned chef Todd English. The book, Cooking in Everyday English, is now available on  Amazon and is loaded with family-friendly recipes. Amanda’s own One Family One Meal cookbook will be released in the Fall of 2012.

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