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Chicken Fingers for the Whole Family

Updated on December 29, 2012
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Brainy Bunny is the mother of two. Together they read, craft, and play games for fun.

Chicken fingers with broccoli served over mini wagon wheel pasta
Chicken fingers with broccoli served over mini wagon wheel pasta | Source
For all you city-dwellers out there, these are chickens. Note the distinct lack of fingers.
For all you city-dwellers out there, these are chickens. Note the distinct lack of fingers. | Source

Do chickens have fingers?

Where do you find the fingers on a chicken? I'm a city girl, myself, but I petted a chicken once, and I promise you, it had no fingers. So where can we find chicken fingers? On a dinner plate! That's right—you and your kids can make a delicious dinner that you will all enjoy, and it starts with these ladies right here.

Ingredients

  • boneless chicken breast
  • fine seasoned breadcrumbs
  • egg
  • olive oil

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This chicken breast is too thick and needs to be sliced horizontally.This is what your strips should look like.
This chicken breast is too thick and needs to be sliced horizontally.
This chicken breast is too thick and needs to be sliced horizontally. | Source
This is what your strips should look like.
This is what your strips should look like. | Source

Getting started

You're going to make this for the whole family to eat, right? So get the whole family involved! Send your kids on an ingredient hunt while you get out a cutting board, sharp knife, skillet, and tongs. Have everyone wash their hands with soap and hot water (my kids always forget that part), and then get to work.

Cut up the chicken

1. Slice the chicken into long, thin strips. If your chicken breasts are very thick, don't pound them to make them thinner; just slice through the breast horizontally as if you were cutting open a bagel.

Pour breadcrumbs onto a plate. If you only have unseasoned breadcrumbs, add your own seasonings.
Pour breadcrumbs onto a plate. If you only have unseasoned breadcrumbs, add your own seasonings. | Source

Get the breadcrumbs ready

2. Prepare your breadcrumbs. If you have fine, seasoned breadcrumbs in a package, that's great. Just pour some onto a plate. This is a great task for a kindergartner, because if he pours too much onto the plate, it's no big deal. I can't always find the brand of breadcrumbs I prefer, so sometimes I use matzo meal left over from last Passover. I add some garlic, oregano, and red pepper flakes, and mix it all together so the topping will be evenly seasoned. (The mixing is also fun for a young child, but don't let a toddler pour the red pepper flakes unless you want to be shooting steam out of your ears all night.)

3. Let your child crack an egg into a glass or shallow bowl and stir it up with a fork. (Pick out any stray bits of shell first!) If you plan to serve these with pasta, get that started now.

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Lay them in the pan, close but not touching.Get the next batch ready to go while the first batch is cooking.These are just about ready to turn.This is what they should look like when you turn them over.Keep your tongs handy for removing cooked strips from the pan.
Lay them in the pan, close but not touching.
Lay them in the pan, close but not touching. | Source
Get the next batch ready to go while the first batch is cooking.
Get the next batch ready to go while the first batch is cooking. | Source
These are just about ready to turn.
These are just about ready to turn. | Source
This is what they should look like when you turn them over.
This is what they should look like when you turn them over. | Source
Keep your tongs handy for removing cooked strips from the pan.
Keep your tongs handy for removing cooked strips from the pan. | Source

Cook the chicken fingers

4. Pour a small amount of olive oil into your skillet and turn the heat to medium high. Don't use too much oil; you're not deep-frying these. You can always add a little oil later on if your pan gets dry.

5. Start your assembly line. If you have two kids, have one dip a chicken strip in egg and the other roll the strip in breadcrumbs. Then you place it in the pan. It's best to have a bunch of strips to put in at the same time, so they can cook in a batch, and it's easier to know when to turn them.

6. Let them sizzle in the pan for a couple of minutes. When you can see the edges are starting to get cooked, turn one over. If it is a beautiful golden brown color, turn the rest over. If not, give them another minute to cook without poking at them. Don't pester the chicken! It'll be done when it's done, and not a minute sooner.

It's done!
It's done! | Source

Get ready to eat!

7. Cut open a piece to test it if you're not sure they're cooked. They should be white all the way through but still moist. If they are dry or hard to cut, you're cooking them a bit too long.

8. While you're cooking the final batch, your kids can set the table, get the ketchup out of the fridge, and choose a veggie. We're partial to broccoli, which only takes a couple of minutes to zap in the microwave, but chicken fingers are great served with salad, too.

A healthy meal for the whole family. Enjoy!
A healthy meal for the whole family. Enjoy! | Source
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      Brainy Bunny 5 years ago from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania

      Thanks for reading, Angela. Enjoy!

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      Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      Oh Yummy!

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      Brainy Bunny 5 years ago from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania

      Ooh, cayenne pepper sounds great. My husband usually just adds a dash of hot sauce to his after they're done, but I bet it would be really nice to spread the heat throughout. (Not so much for the kids, though!)

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      Stephanie Hicks 5 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      I love your easy to follow directions for making chicken fingers (and yes, I've always wondered where "fingers" come from!) My husband loves spicy food, so I would consider making a separate batch with a healthy amount of cayenne pepper mixed in with the bread crumbs. YUM!

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      Brainy Bunny 5 years ago from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania

      Thanks, viking305. I hope you enjoy the recipe. I had fun taking the photos for this hub, and even had my kids act as "food stylists" for the photos of the finished product!

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      L M Reid 5 years ago from Ireland

      I do like to eat chicken breast so this is a new recipe for me to try out. The photos of the fingers in the pan you took make the chicken look really tasty too

      Thanks for SHARING. Up and awesome

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      Brainy Bunny 5 years ago from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania

      Ha! Well, when you make them fresh, they're healthful and delicious, so there's no reason not to have them. And if you still don't want anyone to know you're eating "kid food," I'll keep your secret! ;-)

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      Maddie Ruud 5 years ago from Oakland, CA

      Great, now I'm craving chicken fingers. I don't have any kids in the house to use as an excuse. I guess I can say I'm making them with/for my inner child!

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      Brainy Bunny 5 years ago from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania

      Oooh, yum. You know, if you have adventuresome kids, you could try completely different seasoning mixtures. Take some plain breadcrumbs and season them with rosemary and thyme, and then serve the chicken fingers with roasted root vegetables seasoned the same way -- double yum, although I think my kids might balk.

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      Rachel Vega 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      This looks tasty. Maybe throw some dried parsley in the bread crumbs also.