Finger-Lickin’ Chicken Dippers

Give this fast-food favorite a healthy, homemade makeover.

Chicken nuggets, fingers, strips, tenders — whatever you call them — we’ve rounded up easy-to-make recipes of these kid-pleasing finger foods and lots of dipping sauces to go with them. These recipes are breaded and baked, so they’re lower in fat. We’ve even tossed in some tempting vegetarian options. Give these Chicken Littles a try!

Baked Chicken Nuggets

“I make these all the time for the little man of the house — they freeze great! I don’t use butter, instead I use egg to coat the chicken. I make up four-five breasts at a time, get about 30 nuggets out of that. I cook them, and pop them in a freezer bag. Whenever we want a quick and easy lunch, we pop five of them in the oven, easy peezy!” — MoquinJe

Baked Chicken Nuggets

Baked Chicken Nuggets | Photo by mixit

Pineapple Chicken Tenders

“Excellent! I added veggies (green pepper, broccoli, and onion) which I marinated separately from the meat overnight and added some seasonings and a bit of hot sauce to the mixture. Served this over rice and my gang absolutely loved it!” — LINDA MCLEAN

Pineapple and Chicken Skewers

Pineapple and Chicken Skewers | Photo by Meredith

Herbed Chicken Nuggets

“Fantastic! A healthier version that satisfies my cravings for fried chicken. I’m looking forward to playing with the herbs but the basic recipe is definitely worth a try.” — willcookforfood

Herbed Chicken Nuggets

Herbed Chicken Nuggets | Photo by SHORECOOK

Buffalo Chicken Fingers

“Excellent. A great batter that grips nicely. Going to make them as chicken nuggets tonight. A healther alternative to fried wings.” — I phill hungry

Buffalo Chicken Fingers

Buffalo Chicken Fingers | Photo by Sherri

Vegan Breaded Tofu

And in the “tastes like chicken” category, we have delicious vegan breaded tofu fingers.

Vegan Breaded Tofu

Vegan Breaded Tofu | Photo by Buckwheat Queen

Breaded, Fried, Softly Spiced Tofu

“Amazing! If you want to add an extra kick and you’re a health freak try cutting up some kale, bell pepper, green onions, and even serrano peppers and cooking it with the tofu. It turned out delicious.” — Samantha Wheat

Breaded, Fried, Softly Spiced Tofu

Breaded, Fried, Softly Spiced Tofu | Photo by L.Appel

You might also like Tasty Breaded Seitan — and Mock Chicken.

Take a Dip

Because, let’s face it, the dipping sauces are the best part of chicken fingers.

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