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Healthy Chicken Fingers are oven baked to create healthier chicken tenders. The panko crust is crunchy, but you can sub in regular breadcrumbs, and has good flavor from the spices. These are a kid and adult favorite! 

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Healthy Chicken Fingers

Today I am revamping one of the first recipes that I ever created for Healthy Chicken Fingers. It seems like so long ago that I first created this recipe. 

When I look back at my first posts, they are both inspiring because I realize how far I have come, and motivation to continue to grow and improve my photography and recipe development skills. Lets be honest my first photos are pretty bad..but are a good reminder to keep working hard.

Healthy Chicken Fingers with blue napkin

I am the first to admit that I have a long ways to go, but considering I am self taught I feel proud of myself for getting this far. These Healthy Baked Chicken Fingers were a good reminder of why I started this blog in the first place.

This blog as a place to share healthy recipes that I was cooking for my family with my friends and family. My goal has always been to inspire even a few people to cook a little healthier and have fun in the kitchen. With this recipe, that goal really feels like it’s been accomplished. 

Healthy Chicken Fingers on white plate

And so here we are with these simple Healthy Chicken Fingers. These are a kid and adult favorite. Who doesn’t like chicken fingers, right? Baked chicken fingers are perfect weeknight dinner when you just don’t have time to make something fancy.

This recipe uses panko breadcrumbs, which I love because of their added crunch, but you can always use regular breadcrumbs. My recipes uses a variety of spices including thyme, parsley and paprika, but if your kids aren’t into the spice you can modify to their tastes.

To lighten up this recipe, I used olive oil instead of butter but you can easily melt 3 Tablespoons of butter and use that instead of olive oil if you want.

Healthy Chicken Fingers with ketchup

In my house we like to pair these with this Simple Parmesan Garlic Green Beans and this Cucumber Yogurt Salad. They are all easy recipes that you can whip up in no time. If you are menu planning these are a winner and a must try for those busy nights.

COOKING TIPS:

  • You get to control what goes in this, which is the best part! If your family likes some spice add some cayenne pepper. If your family hates spice leave it out all together and stick with salt, pepper and maybe a little garlic powder.
  • Try both regular breadcrumbs or panko breadcrumbs on these chicken tenders. Panko breadcrumbs will create a crunchier texture.
  • Change it up! You can use these chicken tenders in a variety of meals. Try adding them to a salad, a rice bowl or chop it up and add it to taco.

Healthy Chicken Fingers on white plate

HOW TO MAKE CHICKEN TENDERS?

You’ll  love how easy it is to make these healthy, delicious chicken fingers! 

PREPARE THE BREADING FOR THE TENDERS: In a shallow bowl combine the ingredients for the breading which includes panko breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese, garlic powder, thyme, parsley, paprika, salt and pepper. Stir it until it is well combined. Set this aside. You can feel free to adjust the spices to your liking. 

DREDGE THE CHICKEN FINGERS IN OIL AND BREADCRUMBS: Next you will pour the olive oil in a separate shallow bowl. Dredge each chicken tender in the olive oil, making sure to coat both sides. Then take the chicken tender and dredge it in the breadcrumbs, making sure both sides are coated. Put the tenders on to a non-stick baking sheet once coated. 

BAKE IN THE OVEN: The best part of these chicken tender is they are baked in the oven. You don’t need to try chicken tenders to get a crispy, delicious tender that your family will love. I love that this version is healthier! Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. Bake for 25 minutes, flipping the tenders once {chicken should reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees F}. Sprinkle with fresh parsley if you want and serve warm with ketchup or honey mustard dipping sauce.

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Healthy Chicken Fingers with blue napkin

Healthy Chicken Fingers

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Healthy Chicken Fingers are oven baked to create a healthier tender. The panko crust is crunchy and has good flavor from the spices. These are a kid and adult favorite!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs {or you can use regular breadcrumbs}
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 1/2 lb. chicken tenders
  • 1/4 cup olive oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a shallow bowl mix the panko breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, thyme, parsley, paprika, salt and pepper and stir until combined. Set aside. Pour the 1/4 cup olive oil into another shallow bowl.
  3. Dredge the chicken in the olive oil and then into the dry ingredients making sure both sides are coated. Place the tenders on the baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 25 minutes, flipping the tenders once {chicken should reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees F}. Sprinkle with fresh parsley if you want and serve warm with ketchup or honey mustard dipping sauce.
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