Homemade Chicken Fingers

April 21, 2014Danita

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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

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Mix dry ingredients in a shallow bowl

In a second shallow bowl pour milk

Cut chicken into 2″ strips

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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*

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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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Restaurant Chicken Fingers at Home!

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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20 Comments

  • Emily @ Love, Pasta and a Tool Belt

    April 30, 2014 at 8:57 PM

    These look so delicious. I’ve never made homemade chicken fingers but I want to! Pinning this! #tribedare

  • Trish @ A House Upon The Rock

    April 30, 2014 at 12:44 PM

    These look fun and easy! I’d have to change the recipe a bit for our food allergies, but it looks fairly easy to do. Thanks for sharing.

  • Nicole

    April 30, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    Ohhh, so that’s the secret to extra-crunchy coating. I use breadcrumbs and egg, but I’ll try this one instead. It’s much simpler. 🙂

    By the way, thanks for linking up with Let’s Get Real Party!

  • Michelle

    April 28, 2014 at 5:47 PM

    These look yummy! Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday!

  • BooksByCorine

    April 26, 2014 at 10:02 AM

    This look great. Cant wait to try them.

  • cheryljcope

    April 25, 2014 at 10:25 AM

    Although I don’t make a habit of eating deep fried items this not only looks delicious, it looks very economical as well!

  • Terri Henkels

    April 25, 2014 at 7:07 AM

    We love homemade chicken fingers but I have never tried making them with buttermilk. THat sounds so good! Going to give it a try.

  • Kathy Bornarth

    April 25, 2014 at 6:33 AM

    Danita, I don’t think I’ll ever outgrow chicken fingers! You make them look so yummy! My son is 22 and whenever we go out he orders the CF. I think next time he’s home from college I’ll make up a batch using this recipe. Thanks!!

  • Jennifer Johnson

    April 24, 2014 at 6:43 PM

    These look great sure to be a favorite in my house!

  • Carolyn

    April 22, 2014 at 8:21 AM

    These look really yummy!! Any tips on how to keep your house from smelling like grease after frying something? That’s my least favorite part of frying =)

    1. Danita

      April 22, 2014 at 8:36 AM

      I know Carolyn…smell can be a big drawback. Ideally, frying under a vent like on the stove would be best but if your kitchen is like mine that doesn’t work. I usually open the windows, turn on the ceiling fan, and hope for the best. Thanks for stopping by.

  • Amy Hagerup (@amyhagerup)

    April 22, 2014 at 8:16 AM

    Can’t wait to try this!! thanks for sharing.

  • Chelsea

    April 21, 2014 at 9:05 PM

    These look amazing! My mom makes some fried chicken that my husband likes, and this looks even better!

  • MoxiesGroovyMom

    April 21, 2014 at 2:39 PM

    I’m terrified of frying anything. 🙂 These look easy to do though.

  • Tamara @ OKC Mom of 3

    April 21, 2014 at 2:02 PM

    These look delish! I haven’t made homemade chicken fingers/strips in a long time. Pinning. Thanks for linking up at the Bloggers Brags Weekly Pinterest Party

  • Tiffany

    April 21, 2014 at 1:21 PM

    I love making homemade chicken nuggets, but I’ve never made chicken fingers before. These look really easy and sound delicious!

    1. Danita

      April 21, 2014 at 1:26 PM

      We do chicken nuggets, too. Our favorite part of that is when we’re done each person can coat them with their favorite sauce.

  • Stephanie Cox

    April 21, 2014 at 12:57 PM

    I am going to have to get a fryer. Plain and simple. These look delish!

    1. Danita

      April 21, 2014 at 1:26 PM

      Be careful Stephanie…frying is addictive!

  • aimee fauci

    April 21, 2014 at 12:28 PM

    Love the home made chicken fingers! i need to pin this for my entire family..

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