Homemade Cheddar Garlic Chicken Fingers

Seriously the best homemade chicken fingers ever! Super crispy coating with a moist and tender chicken inside, and you ditch all the processed nonsense the frozen stuff comes with! seriously the BEST Baked “fried” chicken! 

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This is one of those recipes everyone loves. Well maybe not the non-chicken eaters of the world, but if those people happen to eat fish, swap the chicken for fish. Pretty sure that would be amazing too.

I made the mistake of making homemade chicken tenders once and now my family will never let me go back to the frozen stuff. Lucky for me, these are beyond easy so we all win here.

Bonus: They are made on the stove top with some oil, so that frees up the oven for these french fries. This is my perfect meal. And I have no shame. You are never too old for chicken tenders.

 

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These chicken fingers have some special flavors going on. CHEDDAR + GARLIC. I first fell in love with the cheddar garlic flavor combination one snow day when I created these Cheddar Garlic Soft Pretzels. And then I turned that soft pretzel dough into hot dogs.

And now we are ditching the dough and keeping the flavor… although, that would make an amazing sandwich if I had a cheddar garlic soft pretzel to sandwich my chicken fingers in between. … Too far?

These chicken fingers get coated in a super flavorful flour/breadcrumb/cornmeal/cheese mixture, dunked in an egg mixture, and then coated in breadcrumbs + shredded cheese again. Ohhhh yes, super breading crisp. If I am being totally honest, I have never tried to make chicken fingers before because I didn’t know if I would be able to actually master it. But boy was I wrong. These chicken fingers are constantly being requested in our house and always a hit!!

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What is it about chicken fingers? Everybody, no matter what age, always wants chicken fingers. It’s a kid food that I think almost no one can give up. They’re just too good. And like I said, if you don’t like chicken, swap fish (YUM) and if you don’t like fish? Ahh, I don’t know, I have never experimented with tofu – but it could totally work… maybe?? Let me know if you try it!

Homemade Cheddar Garlic Chicken Fingers

Seriously the best homemade chicken fingers ever! Super crispy coating with a moist and tender chicken inside, and you ditch all the processed nonsense the frozen stuff comes with! seriously the BEST Baked “fried” chicken!

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb thin sliced chicken breast, cut into strips
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup cornmeal

For the spice mixture:

  • 1 tablespoon salt (it won’t taste salty)
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika (may sub. regular)
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

Directions:

Slice the chicken breasts into strips.

Mix Spices together in a small sealable bag. Add 1 tablespoon of the spices, flour, bread crumbs, cheese, and cornmeal to a medium sized bowl. Set aside. Store remaining spices.

Transfer beaten eggs to a medium bowl. Set aside.
Coat each chicken strip with the flour mixture, then egg, and then back in the flour mixture.

Pour enough vegetable oil in to a medium-large skillet so that it is 1/4-inch deep and heat over medium high heat. Fry the chicken strips (in batches if necessary) until golden brown on both sides and cooked through. Set aside on paper towels to drain oil.

Serve immediately with dipping sauce of choice.