Ahh chicken fingers! This definitely brings me back to my childhood. I remember going to all of the fast food restaurants and asking my parents for chicken nuggets/fingers. I would always get plum sauce for dipping and some extra ketchup on the side (just in case the plum sauce ran out!). Alas, I am now of course an adult and a mother, and have to keep in mind the fat content. Need I mind you, I loveeee fried things (like most of us) but with so much nutritional information available to us these days; I try my best to have a "reasonable" diet of less fatty things! I serve these up to my family and they gobbled this up! Even though this is baked, I do have to say it is pretty darn tasty! Serve these up to the kids in your life, and to those that are a kid at heart :)

Makes 15-20

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F

Baking time: 20 minutes (turning the chicken half-way)

Ingredients:
  • 2 medium chicken breasts, cut half lengthways, then cut into strips
  • 4-6 chicken thighs, cut into strips
  • 5 eggs, beaten (take 2 yolks out if you like)
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 tsp each: dried oregano and paprika
  • 1/4 tsp dried sage
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1-1/2 cup Italian style breadcrumbs (with grated Parmesan cheese)
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (can use melted butter if you like)

1. Preheat the oven to 400 F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Cut all of the chicken pieces and place them into a large bowl. Take paper towels and pat them completely dry. This will help all of the breadcrumbs and flour stick to the chicken fingers.

2. Take a large bowl, and crack 5 eggs, take out a couple yolks if you're watching the fat content. Then take another bowl, add in the flour, salt, pepper, dried oregano, paprika, dried sage, and garlic powder. Mix to combine and set aside. In a third bowl, add in the Italian style breadcrumbs. If your breadcrumbs don't have Parmesan cheese already in it, then go ahead and grate about 1/2 cup in.

3. Take each strip of chicken and do the following: 1) put it into the bowl with eggs 2) lightly dredge it in the flour mixture 3) dunk it back into the egg mixture 4) then place it into the breadcrumb mixture
Warning: this might get a bit messy with the fingers but it's all worth it! Stay with me on this.

4. Place each coated chicken strip onto the prepared baking pan. Make sure that each strip are not touching each other. Take a spoon and drizzle the olive oil all over each of the chicken strips. Then place it into the oven to bake for a good 20 minutes; making sure to flip the chicken over half-way for even cooking. Cool for a couple minutes then serve with a simple salad on the side.

Dipping sauce suggestions: Ketchup, BBQ sauce, a creamy salad dressing, honey-mustard,  yellow mustard, or Plum sauce


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