How many ways to you make chicken? Here's a fun version for baked chicken fingers that seems to please tasters of all ages. I like to serve them with this tasty dipping sauce, but if you're not a dip lover, a squeeze of fresh lemon is excellent.
The ingredients needed are boneless, skinless chicken breasts, freshly grated parmesan or romano cheese (use the really good stuff), Italian seasoned bread crumbs, paprika, garlic salt (I like the one with parsley bits), egg, and some melted butter.
To make the coating, put the bread crumbs, cheese, garlic salt, and paprika in a large gallon-size zip-top bag. Toss and shake to mix the ingredients evenly.
To coat the chicken strips, dip them in beaten eggs, then drop them in the crumb mixture. Save the melted butter for now.
Chicken dipped in beaten eggs - let the excess drip off before dropping chicken strip into crumb mixture.
Toss the chicken strip around in the crumb mixture - shake off excess and arrange on prepared pan.
Line all the strips up in a single layer.
Bet you're wondering what the melted butter is for.
We're going to drizzle it over the coated chicken. You can do this with a spoon, but it's even easier to snip a very small hole in the corner of a small zip-top bag. Time to bake.
While the chicken strips are baking, whisk together the dipping sauce. Enjoy!
Baked Chicken Fingers w/Dipping Sauce
makes 4-6 servings
- 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2-inch strips
- 2/3 cup Italian Seasoned Breadcrumbs
- 1/2 cup grated parmesan or romano cheese (use the good stuff)
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt (I like the one that has tiny specks of parsley in it)
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 2 large eggs, beaten
- 3 tablespoons salted butter, melted
- Preheat oven to 450F.
- Line half sheet pan with nonstick foil (or regular foil coated with cooking spray).
- In a gallon-size zip-top bag, combine breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese, garlic salt, and paprika until well blended.
- Dip half of the chicken strips in beaten egg, then place in bag of breadcrumb mixture, toss to coat.
- Place coated chicken strips on prepared pan; drizzle with melted butter.
- Bake, uncovered, in preheated oven for 12-15 minutes or until cooked through.
- If needed, place chicken strips under broiler for a minute or so to deepen the toasty brown color.
- I speak from experience when I say the recipe works even if you forget to drizzle the butter on the strips before baking. It's obviously better if you don't forget the butter, but life happens - what can I say.
makes 3/4 cup
- 1/2 cup real mayonnaise
- 1/4 cup ketchup
- 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt (again, I like the one with parsley bits)
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- Stir ingredients together and chill until needed.