Homemade Chicken Fingers & Fries
Updated: Aug 26, 2019
This is my own take on homemade chicken fingers & nuggets, inspired by 100 days of Real Foods. I will put the variations below for both fingers & nuggets :) These are seriously my favorite. I truly enjoy having these over any store bought chicken fingers or nuggets. This is by far a family must have!
Chicken Fingers + Fries: (( see below this for chicken nuggets))
Tip for getting the meat- I ask the men behind the meat counter to cut up the chicken breasts in chicken finger sizes. The cutlets are too small in my opinion and I want a good size chicken finger, because they are oh so yummy. So they will take like 8 breasts behind there and cut them for you if you ask nicely :)
-2 1/2 pounds of chicken breasts cut into chicken finger pieces
-2 cups whole wheat bread crumbs
-1 cup Parmesan cheese
-1 tsp garlic powder
-1/2 tsp garlic salt
-1 tsp paprika
-1 tsp onion
-1 tsp SMOKED SEA SALT-- I will add this to my item of the week next week. Seriously you will not regret adding this to your pantry spices. It adds a whole new flavor and I'm obsessed.
-1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
-1/2 tsp oregano
-2 to 3 eggs whisked
-Olive oil for cooking
- Whisk all the dry ingredients together in a bowl
- Then 2 to 3 eggs whisked in a separate bowl. I say 2 to 3 because depending on how much chicken etc. you may need more, so just keep another one out just in case
-Dip each chicken piece in the egg wash and then transfer it with your dry hand to the dry ingredients bowl and toss it.
-Next place the tossed chicken fingers on a plate with a paper towel underneath.
-Once they are tossed start frying them up in the frying pan
-5- 6 minutes per side. I am paranoid about raw chicken so check with a fork if it is cooked all the way through before transferring the cooked chicken to a clean plate :)
-ENJOY ( I will share the recipe for the fries to go with this below) Your football guests will be VERY pleased, I promise.
*** AIR FRYER: Cook for 4-5 minutes on each side at 380-- adjust temp or time if need be! Check inside for no pink. Spray each side with olive oil each time.
Above I mention having the butchers cutting the chicken in chicken fingers for you, I however do cut the chicken nuggets myself. I get the same amount of chicken 2- 2 1/2 pounds and then I cut them into the chicken nugget size I prefer :) So everything is VERY much the same. Except one thing. I soak the chicken meat in egg & pickle juice wash. Yes, you heard me! Pickle juice... this is my secret weapon. I have heard different restaurants use that with their chicken, so I thought I would give it a go! It does not give it a pickle taste, but it gives the chicken the best texture and holds onto the moisture, not drying it out. It just makes it perfect! I use the pickle juice for the nuggets, because it is a smaller amount of meat that can easily get dried out. This prevents that! They are perfect!
Same ingredients as above for chicken fingers & same directions except for the cutting of the meat. Then for the wash do 1/2 cup pickle juice and one egg :) Then cook 4 minutes on each side, since they are smaller pieces of meat. ENJOY!!
*** AIR FRYER: Cook for 3-4 minutes on each side at 380-- adjust temp or time if need be! Check inside for no pink. Spray each side with olive oil each time.
Touch Down Fries
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees
-Then cut up a potato per person you are serving
-I usually cut them in half, then cut them into the thickness that I like my fries-- so however you normally enjoy them :)
-Then I throw them into a bowl with olive oil (( or my personal favorite Chosen Foods Avocado Oil. Since Avocado oil can handle such high heat, it is really helpful when making homemade fries!))and start seasoning them with the seasonings below. I have no exact measurements because it really is up to taste and how many potatoes you have. However, potatoes suck up those seasonings so there has been many times where I thought I have put enough, but I have not-- so be generous.
-I like to keep my fries in the oven until they are crispy and flip them over after about 15 minutes in the oven. However, if you do leave them in there too long they dry out. So keep an eye on them and cook them until they are the crispness you like :)
Air Fryer: Or heat in air fryer on fries setting. Then make sure you shake every 5 or so minutes until crispy to your liking!