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Take Back the Kitchen with Homemade Chicken Fingers

P1060745.jpgLet's face it, kids love chicken fingers and many of us have it as our go-to easy dinner. These homemade ones are just as kid friendly, MUCH more healthy and freeze really well. This means that we can whip these babies up if we are running out the door or need the sitter to make the kids dinner. Trust me, you'll be shocked at how your kids will devour them....

Homemade chicken fingers:

Take 2 lbs chicken breast cutlets, sliced about 1" thick X 4"long
2 cups whole wheat bread crumbs
olive oil spray or PAM
salt and pepper
optional grated Parmesan cheese, about 1/4 cup

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Place bread crumbs in a shallow bowl, lay raw chicken on a cutting board next to it..
Beside the cutting board, have a foil lined baking sheet with a stainless steel rack on top (the rack is so the chicken stays crispy).
Spray the rack with oil spray.
Take raw chicken "fingers" and press them in the bread crumbs mixed with Parmesan if you are using it. Lay the chicken piece on the oiled rack. Continue with this process until all the chicken is on the rack. You may need 2 racks or 2 shifts in the oven.
Now spray the tops of the chicken with the oil spray, sprinkle with salt and pepper and place in a 425 degree oven for 15 minutes.
After 15 minutes, flip chicken with tongs and spray with oil spray on the other side.
Cook another 15 minutes and remove from oven. Enjoy!
P.S. You can brush agave syrup or honey on the chicken before you coat with breadcrumbs to give it a sweet taste. Yum.......

P.P.S. Serve with a honey mustard sauce, BBQ sauce, ketchup or a mayo based dipping sauce.

For more great recipes from Alma Schneider, visit her at Take Back the Kitchen.

Posted in: Blog, Take Back the Kitchen on 04/29/2011

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