• Nupur Bhattacharya

Secret to Crispy Healthy Baked Chicken Fingers/chicken tenders/chicken nuggets/Kids snack recipes


Who doesn’t like deep fried chicken fingers/tenders/nuggets right?! Especially kids love them! But the fact is that they are not that healthy for you..

Fret not, I am going show you how to make healthy, baked, crispy chicken fingers, that are as addictive as the deep fried ones! Yes! Let’s enjoy our favorite snack, guilt-free!


Ingredients 

Yield: ~20 chicken fingers


Marinating the chicken

Boneless chicken thighs (400g, cut into long strips)

white vinegar (~1/2 tbsp)

powdered black pepper (1/4 tsp.)

garlic powder (1 tsp.)

paprika powder (1/4 tsp.)

low-sodium soy sauce (1 tbsp.)

tomato ketchup (1/2 tbsp.)

Milk (2 tbsp.)

Cooking oil (1 tbsp.)

Salt (1/2 tsp.)


Seasoning bread crumbs

Plain bread crumbs (1.5 cups)

powdered black pepper (1/4 tsp.)

garlic powder (1/4 tsp.)

paprika powder (1/4 tsp.)

Salt (1/2 tsp.)

Baking powder (1/4 tsp.)

Cooking oil (2 tbsp.)


Method
  • Add white vinegar (~1/2 tbsp) to the chicken. Mix well. Vinegar tenderizes the meat

  • Add powdered black pepper (1/4 tsp.)

  • Add 1 tsp. of garlic powder. You can add garlic paste as well.

  • Add paprika powder (1/4 tsp.). I am using smoked paprika

  • Add low-sodium soy sauce (1 tbsp.)

  • If you're using high sodium soy sauce 1/2 tbsp. should be enough

  • Add tomato ketchup (1/2 tbsp.).

  • You can use red chilli sauce if you wish.

  • Give it a good mix

  • Next, add in ~2 tbsp of milk.The milk and vinegar combines to form buttermilk and helps tenderize the chicken

  • Let the chicken marinate for at least 30 minutes

  • After 30 minutes, add salt to taste

  • Beat one egg and add it in

  • Coat chicken pieces with the egg

  • Add 2 tbsp of all-purpose flour and coat everything well

  • Add 1 tbsp. of any neutral cooking oil and mix everything well

  • I am using 1.5 cups of plain breadcrumbs Add 1/4 tsp. of powdered black pepper

  • Add 1/2 tsp. of salt

  • Add 1/4 tsp. of paprika powder

  • Add 1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder

  • Add 1/4 teaspoon of baking powder. Baking powder helps make the coating nice and crisp

  • Make sure all the ingredients are mixed evenly

  • Another important tip to make the breading nice and crisp, is to add oil to the breadcrumbs

  • Add ~2 tbsp. of oil.

  • Make sure to mix the oil with the breadcrumbs really well!

  • I am using a sheet pan with a wire rack on it

  • Make sure to oil the wire rack so that the pieces don’t stick to it

  • If you don't have a wire rack, you can line the pan with parchment paper

  • If you aren't using a wire rack, make sure that you turn the chicken pieces once during baking so both sides cook evenly

  • Bake for 15 to 20 minutes till they turn golden brown and crisp



Hope you enjoyed this recipe!



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