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!
"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
"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
"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
- You might also like Ultimate 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
- You might also like Chip Chicken Lollipops.
And in the "tastes like chicken" category, we have delicious vegan breaded tofu fingers. They're essentially tofu chicken nuggets without the poultry parts.
"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
Take a Dip
Because, let's face it, the dipping sauces are the best part of chicken fingers.
- Hot and Sweet Dipping Sauce
- Ranch Dipping Sauce
- Yogurt Herb Dipping Sauce
- Honey Mustard Dressing
- Related: 5 Dips For Fries That Aren't Plain Ketchup + 1 That Is!
Baked, Not Fried, Fries
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