June 15, 2010

Basics: Oven-Fried Chicken Fingers

Another installment of our (very) occasional series on basics, staple recipes every cook should have in their arsenal.

It's been a while since my last McNugget or dino-shaped "Now with more cardboard!"finger food. Atlanta's favorite chikin eating cows reign supreme, delivering us from bland, dry chicken bricks but unfortunately causing a heated nuggets vs. strips debate. Today, I prove that we can leave all that mess behind and shake n' bake our way to healthy, scrumptious fingers of chicken. Because the only dinosaur-shaped food I plan on eating is genetically reconstituted pterodactyl.

These succulent and healthy fingers comes from a cookbook entirely devoted to chicken, which also just happens to SMELL like chicken. In a good way.

This recipe is the only reason we have a box of corn flakes. It's been going strong for over two years.

BONUS: They travel quite well, and are known for making frequent picnic and Screen on the Green appearances.

Oven-Fried Chicken Fingers
Adapted from Cooking Light Chicken

1 1/2 pounds boneless chicken breast, sliced into finger
1 cup milk (optional: low-fat buttermilk)
1 1/2 cups corn flakes
1/2 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon paprika
1 tablespoon canola oil

1. Pour milk over chicken pieces in a bowl. Cover and chill for at least 10 minutes. In big zip-top plastic bag, crush corn flakes. Add bread crumbs, thyme, paprika and a few grinds of fresh black pepper.

2. Preheat oven to 400°. Spread oil evenly on a jelly roll pan.

3. Drain the milk from the chicken. Pop three or four pieces in the coating bag and shake to coat. Repeat with remaining chicken, arranging fingers on the pan in a single layer as you go.

4. Bake fingers for five minutes, then turn and bake five minutes on the other side. Serve with simple honey mustard. Lick fingers clean.

Honey Mustard

Mustard [whole grain, spicy brown or variety of your choice]

1. Mix


Claire Watkins, ASID allied said...

A variation of this recipe has become a staple for me! I use it with pork chops, too. Great photography! and uhm that strawberry, chocolate thing down there...that is going to be my new staple.

DawleyPardon said...

Yummy this looks great! I like your blog. I will definitely come again!

Rachel @ MWF Seeking BFF said...

These sound glorious. I often make a fiber-one coated version, but any weight-watcher friendly chicken finger I can find has my vote!

Though, for the record, no book to smell like chicken In. A. Good. Way. Just not possible. But still, sounds delish.