Homemade Chicken Fingers

homemade chicken fingers 023 Often we think of Chicken Fingers only as “kid food”, but I think most people enjoy them. Everyone in our family likes them, but no one usually orders them now that we’ve all outgrown the kid menu.  I’ve bought the prepackaged, frozen version occasionally from the grocery store, but they are expensive and not very healthy or nutritious.  

Southern girls are born with a “fried chicken” gene.  In case you don’t know what that is, it’s the gene that gives you the innate ability to fry chicken (or anything else) to perfection. Since I’m a Southern girl and have been frying many things for years, I decided it was time to make my own Homemade Chicken Fingers.

Here’s the Recipe:

  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp seasoned salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/8 tsp garlic powder 
  • 3/4 cup milk or buttermilk
  • oil for deep frying

Chicken fingers 016 Mix dry ingredients in a shallow bowl

In a second shallow bowl pour milk

Cut chicken into 2″ strips

homemade chicken fingers 020 Heat oil in deep fryer to 400 degrees

When oil is hot, dip one piece of chicken at a time in milk, then flour

Dip AGAIN in milk and back in flour

*Double Dipping gives it a nice thick crunchy coating*

chicken fingers 021 Place battered chicken in hot oil

Several pieces can be fried at a time, just make sure they don’t stick together

When chicken begins to float it is done 

Remove from fryer and drain on paper towels

If in doubt about being done, cut into thickest part of one piece to check

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Homemade Chicken Fingers
Extra Crispy Fried Chicken Fingers, restaurant style made at home
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Ingredients
  1. 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  2. 1 cup all purpose flour
  3. 1/4 tsp seasoned salt
  4. 1/4 tsp pepper
  5. 1/8 tsp garlic powder
  6. 3/4 cup milk or buttermilk
  7. oil for deep frying
Instructions
  1. Mix dry ingredients in a shallow bowl
  2. In a second shallow bowl pour milk
  3. Cut chicken into 2" strips
  4. Heat oil in deep fryer to 400 degrees
  5. When oil is hot, dip one piece of chicken at a time in milk, then flour
  6. Dip AGAIN in milk and back in flour
  7. Place battered chicken in hot oil
  8. Several pieces can be fried at a time, just make sure they don't stick together
  9. When chicken begins to float it is done
  10. Remove from fryer and drain on paper towels
  11. If in doubt about being done, cut into thickest part of one piece to check
Notes
  1. Double Dipping gives it a nice thick crunchy coating
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Chocolate Dipped Meringue Cookies

Chocolate Dipped Meringue Cookies

I love “seasonal” and holiday foods!  You know, chili on a cold Winter evening, hamburgers from the grill on a Summer afternoon, a cup of hot apple cider on a crisp Fall morning, and these Springtime Chocolate Dipped Meringue Cookies.  They are light and airy with a delicate texture, just like a gentle Spring breeze.  Ok, so here in Texas we don’t really get “gentle” breezes, but a girl can dream, right?  I’m sure some of you will know what I’m talking about.

I made these cookies a couple of days ago and my family has really been enjoying them.  My son thought adding a little peppermint would make them like the soft mints he loves to grab on the way out of his favorite restaurant.  My daughter and her friend proclaimed them “addictive”.  So be warned, you may not be able to eat just one.  Just in case that happens, my husband has some great logic concerning these.  Feel free to “rationalize” if needed.  He says…

They are made of Meringue

Meringue is mostly air

Air has no calories

Therefore, these must have little to no calories!

Whatever the case may be, they are good.

They mix up pretty quickly but need to stay in the oven overnight, so a little planning is required.  The good news is, you wake up to fresh cookies in the oven the next morning.  It’s almost like having the “cookie fairy” come and leave cookies while you’re sleeping!  Wouldn’t that be WONDERFUL?!

I hope you’ll give them a try….

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National Food Days on Family Fun Friday

Welcome back to Family Fun Friday!  

Family Fun Friday is a great place to find lots of wonderful Family Fun ideas.  Whether your looking for Fun Family activities, homeschooling ideas, printables, recipes, parenting tips, or just an encouraging word, you’ll be sure to find it here.  

Last week we had over 200 links!  Where else can you find so many great Family Friendly posts in one location?  

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you’ll check out some of our awesome bloggers and PIN, Tweet, share or leave them a word of encouragement before you go.

Now on to this week’s features…..National Food Days on Family Fun Friday!

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  1.   Unleavened Communion Bread by Recipes for Our Daily Bread seemed the perfect choice since it is Good Friday.  I love homemade communion bread and it’s not always easy to find a good recipe…believe me, I’ve tried.
  2.   Resurrection Story Cookies also by Recipes for Our Daily Bread.  I LOVE this idea!  Using these cookies to illustrate Christ’s resurrection to your family is an awesome idea!  It gives children a great picture of what Christ has done for us and she recommends having one BEFORE breakfast (of all things).  Again, illustrating the “sweetness” of Easter morning and God’s unmerited grace in our lives.
  3.  The Ultimate Grilled Cheese by Spoonful of Flavor in honor of National Grilled Cheese Day, which was last week….who knew?  This really is the ULTIMATE Grilled Cheese.
  4.   Cinnamon Bun Pancakes by Love, Laurie…in honor of National Pancake Day…also last week!  Grill cheese and pancakes all in one week…that’s a great week!  Pancakes that taste like cinnamon buns and have glaze…WInner!
  5.   Cinnamon and Sugar Roasted Pecans by Belle of the Kitchen.  I always want some of these at fairs and now I can make them at home.  I can only imagine how good the house is going to smell while these are roasting!
  6.   Orange Fizz Smoothie by I Dig Pinterest.  I chose this for a couple of reasons.  First, it looks really refreshing.  Second, it’s “diet” and after eating all this other great food, I’m going to need something “low cal”.  She says it helps you to cut back without feeling like you’re missing out and I would agree. 

Please check out the other hosts…..

Carly at  Africa to America featuring Nature Activities

Stephanie at Everyday Family Living featuring DIY Projects

Monica at Happy and Blessed Home featuring Springtime Family Fun

 

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  • Follow Your Host(s)
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Now, on to the Party!

 

 



Honey Glazed Carrots

honey roasted carrots 013  It appears I’ve been posting A LOT of desserts lately!  I guess my “sweet tooth” must be working overtime.  I thought it might be time for something a little more “healthy” so I decided to make these Honey Glazed Carrots for dinner…and the blog.  

They were quick and easy.  No peeling and chopping is required.  They go in a very hot oven so cooking time is only about twenty minutes, depending on the size of your carrots. To go with these carrots,  I prepared pork chops on the griddle.  I used the griddle because the oven was WAY too hot for anything else.  Sweet always goes well with pork. 

Here’s the Recipe:

  • 2 lbs baby carrots with tops
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp block pepper
  • 2 Tbsp apple juice
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 1 Tbsp water

Place a small roasting pan in oven and preheat to 500 degrees

Cut tops off carrots, leaving about 1 inch of green

honey roasted carrots 003 When pan and oven are preheated, remove pan

In hot pan stir together olive oil and 1 Tbsp butter

Add carrots, salt and pepper, tossing to coat

Bake 10 minutes

While carrots are baking, melt remaining butter in a small saucepan

Add apple juice, honey and water

Bring to boil, reduce heat to medium and cook about 5 minutes or until mixture is “syrupy”

honey roasted carrots 006 Drizzle syrup over carrots and toss to coat

Return to oven for about 5-7 minutes or until carrots are tender

*If you don’t have baby carrots just cut larger ones in half lengthwise and cook as directed

honey roasted carrots 015 I’m not sure any recipe with 3 tablespoons of butter can be called “healthy”… but they were good!

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