Crispy Chicken Fingers

Crispy Chicken Fingers

I woke up to the strangest dream Sunday morning. In my dream, I was attending a wedding and when I went to find a seat in the front, I noticed there was a spot open right next to Oprah. I quickly took it. She was wearing a shiny pink two piece outfit and I had on a hot red number. I almost remarked that we looked like we’re attending a Valentine’s Day party…but I held back. We said our casual hellos, the wedding service continued and then I felt her nose smooshed against my scalp…sniffing my hair. I let it go on for a bit (umm HELLO, if OPRAH wants to sniff your hair, you let her!) and then she immediately relocated three chairs down. I asked her, “What was that?!!”  Then she replied, “I don’t like the smell of your shampoo.”

Then I woke up.

This dream haunted me all Sunday. Why did I dream this? Was it because I just bought new shampoo? Casey told me he liked the way it smelled…

Then I figured it out. This dream was meant to tell me something. In life, you HAVE to take risks. It was a risk for me to chose to sit next to Oprah. So, she didn’t like the way my hair smelled. SO WHAT. At least I got to sit next to Oprah. You never know how things will turn out unless you try.

What does this have to do with chicken?

It turns out cornflakes are a really good coating for baked chicken fingers! They make them taste fried. It’s pure genius.

My girl Oprah would no doubt enjoy these. I even made a tasty honey mustard dipping sauce!

THEY’RE BAKED & DEEEEEELICIOUS  (As said in my best Oprah voice, naturally)

And we’re off!

It all starts with soaking the chicken in buttermilk.

A few dashes of hot sauce & pepper jazzes up the buttermilk. Add the chicken. Stir.

Cover it up and let it sit in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.

Smash cornflakes! Put them in a plastic bag, seal it up and BASH them up.

Here they are bashed. We’re going to make a nice crunchy coating with spices & cheese!

Have you tried Bragg Organic Sprinkle Seasoning? I’m kind of obsessed with it right now. I put it on ALMOST everything. It’s really good in this mix. GET SOME.

Get your station ready! Spray a baking sheet with oil. Now ONE TWO THREE, line up the chicken fingers!

Here they are ready for the oven.

Here they are OUT of the oven. Let them sit a little bit. They crispy up more when they sit.

Let’s make a honey Dijon dip! It’s just honey, Dijon mustard & Greek yogurt.

You could use mayo…if you’re into that sorta thing.

Look at what we have here!

Real life application! I made a kale slaw & a riff on this corn dish for sides. I added bacon to the corn!

Living RIGHT. And for the record, my new shampoo smells AWESOME.

Crispy Chicken Fingers

Ingredients

  • Crispy Chicken Fingers
  • recipe adapted from Healthy Appetite with Ellie Krieger
  • 1 1/4 lbs. chicken tenders
  • 1 1/2 cups low fat buttermilk
  • 2-3 dashes Tabasco sauce
  • 4 cups cornflakes
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 heaping tablespoon Bragg’s Organic herb seasoning (or seasoning mix of your choice)
  • 2 eggs
  • kosher salt & fresh ground pepper
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