Getting restaurant style flavor in a home cooked meal is simple with this chicken finger recipe. The batter is light and fluffy while the chicken strips are wonderfully moist and tender.
This is a meal that is quite simple to make and it is one that your family is almost certain to enjoy. The batter contains ingredients that generally can be found in most kitchens and this coating can be used on either chicken or fish dishes so please feel free to bookmark this page for future use.
Cooking your meals at home you have the added benefit of insuring you use healthier ingredients and oils in your food preparation. That is always a very nice aspect of homemade meals.
Choose the Size of Batch Required for Your Meal Requirements
This is a frugal family recipe that nicely stretches out your grocery dollars. The recipe cooks up into quite a large amount of food considering the number of chicken breasts that are used. Expect 2 chicken breasts to feed about four people and 4 chicken breasts to easily feed a group of eight.
You can use any oil for frying your chicken fingers. Most people prefer a vegetable oil of some sort and my preference is to use omega 3 rich olive oil.
Yes, despite some previous claims to the contrary you can use olive oil to cook or fry foods. It is a much healthier alternative to other oils.
Most fats have a cooking point at which their chemical composition will change. This is called the smoke point and it is the indicator of when a fat is no longer a safe food to consume. For virgin olive oils this point is quite high at about 410F or 210C degrees depending on the type of olive oil used.
Fried foods can be cooked at a temperature of around 356F or 180C degrees so olive oil falls safely within this guideline. You can read more about cooking with olive oil at the International Olive Oil Council Website.
Now Let's Get That Chicken on to Cook so You Can Give it a Taste!
After I slice my chicken I toss all the strips into the batter and then pull each out as I am ready to cook it. If you are using frozen chicken breasts keep in mind that it is easiest to slice the meat when it is still slightly frozen.
Heat Your Oil. Cook Fingers About 5 to 6 Minutes Each Side
I found that the first side seems to take a little longer (about 8 minutes) while the second side takes about 5 minutes to cook. The temperature of the oil and the size of the chicken strip will also affect the cooking time so you be the judge as to what amount of time seems appropriate for your pieces.
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