Monday, April 12, 2010

In a hurry? Homemade Baked Chicken Fingers


So you all know by now that we are a pretty busy household right?  Between ice skating lessons, karate classes and BMX races and practices you must wonder how we do all of that stuff and still eat home cooked, real food meals, right? 

This recipe for baked chicken fingers is one of my favorite go to recipes for a busy weeknight.  From start to finish it takes just 15 minutes for me to bread them and bake them and have them on the table for the kids.  Almost as fast as going to McDonald’s and getting the chicken nuggets and bringing them home for dinner…

Baked Chicken Fingers


  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast halves
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 cup AP Flour
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups Italian breadcrumbs


  • Preheat oven to 400F
  • Cut chicken breasts into thin strips, about one inch wide.
  • Longer sections can be cut in half to have uniform pieces.
  • Mix flour and seasonings (garlic, salt, and pepper) well in a bowl.
  • Dip chicken pieces into flour mixture. then egg mixture, and then finally in the Italian breadcrumbs.
  • Place on baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray. 6
  • Bake at for 9-11 minutes, until crispy on outside and lightly browned.

***The girls like these dipped in Ranch Dressing, ketchup, BBQ Sauce or even Honey Mustard.

****To have these ready in 15 minutes I have to cut the chicken into thin strips earlier in the day.  Another time saver is to bread them and refrigerate them until ready to use and then just plop them in a preheated oven.  See you can eat well even when as busy as we are!!!



Anonymous said...

These sound wonderful! I will make these next time I want chicken fingers. Why buy frozen when you can make fresh? :)

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

Even us kids at heart love chicken fingers.

Judy@nofearentertaining said...

Exactly Mainland Streel! That's the whole point. I have even made these using homemade bread crumbs seasoned up by me!

Yes we do Val! This is a decent meal for anyone right? Pretty good mixed into a chopped salad with racnh dressing on it!

Elle said...

I love baked chicken fingers! My kids do, too. Great fast food that isn't fast food! ;)

Thistlemoon said...

This is a great post Judy! I love how you clearly demonstrate that you really can eat well home cooked meals, with limited time!

Bob said...

They look awesome, chicken fingers are a good time. I've been meaning to make baked ones for ages, but I always wind up doing something else with the chicken. That needs to stop! Heh.

Linda said...

This is an awesome recipe. I made it for the first time tonight and it turned out perfect! Great taste and texture and I served it with Maries Creamy Italian Garlic dressing-- very tasty! A must try regardless of what type of dipping sauce you prefer. Will definitely make on a regular basis. My husband was also as impressed as I was with how good it tasted.
Thank you Judy!