I’ve made these chicken fingers a lot lately because they’re on the healthy side of things and they are super simple to make, require only a handful of ingredients, and are not at all labor intensive.
The chicken fingers are baked, not fried, and the crispy outside is due in thanks to the whole wheat panko breadcrumbs. You can find panko breadcrumbs in many grocery stores near the stuffing and traditional breadcrumbs.
Serve with your favorite dipping sauce. Mine happens to be Annie’s Organic Honey Mustard (I am in no way affiliated with Annie’s, but I do recommend their brand of condiments, amongst other products they offer, as they are made with real organic ingredients). I used to love BBQ sauce for dipping, but have sinced ceased using any condiment whose first (or second) ingredient in sugar. And as you know – the ingredients list on labels lists ingredients in order of the quantity (or amount) in which it can be found in the product. So when you take the time to look at the nutrition label and the first ingredient listed is sugar – you know that sugar is the prevalent ingredient in that product. Meaning there is more sugar in that product than any of the remaining ingredients listed.
So the next time you’re looking at condiments, or any item for that matter, don’t forget to look at the ingredients listed under the nutrition label. You’ll be quite surprised at what you read.
Baked Spicy Chicken Fingers
- 1 lb all-natural chicken breast tenderloins
- 1 tbsp crushed red pepper flakes
- 1 cup Ian's Whole Wheat Panko Breadcrumbs or choice
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- Salt & pepper to taste
- 1/3 cup Frank's Red Hot Sauce
- 1 large egg white
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Prepare three separate bowls; one with the egg white, one with the hot sauce and one with the breadcrumbs, red pepper flakes, onion powder, garlic powder, and salt and pepper, to taste. I placed the breadcrumbs and seasonings into a food processor and processed down until it was a bit of a finer texture, as Ian's breadcrumbs are a bit crunchy and thick. This is a matter of preference, but not necessary.
Rinse each chicken breast and pat dry.
Dip each chicken tender into the egg white, followed by the hot sauce, and then the breadcrumb mixture. Toss the crumbs to coat the chicken. You may need to press the breadcrumb mixture into the tenders to get a good coating.
Spray a baking sheet with non-stick spray and lay each tender flat onto the tray. Spray a light mist of the non-stick cooking spray over the nuggets.
Place into the oven and allow them to bake for 20-23 minutes or until they are thoroughly cooked, checking at 20 minutes. Allow them to cool slightly before handling and serving with your favorite dipping sauce!