Generally, my philosophy. But, I have 20 nieces and nephews, 2/3 of them under the age of 12. Several of them were descending upon us to help ring in the age of the driver. And, to them, Chili made 2 ways is not the dinner of champions. I needed another choice of vittles to feed them at The Studly 16th.
I thought about what the Birthday Boy used to eat for the two years he was stuck on just fruits and vegetables until he ingested a plastic bag and we found out he had PICA. The only protein we could get into him, besides Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, was Chicken nuggets/fingers. (The story of the Dinosaur burgers and how we got him to eat ground meat is for another post). So, based on past success with tiny people, I settled on Chicky’s Fingers
Not to be conceited, but these poultry digits are really good. The childrens were beating on each other for them (well, not really, but that’s what it sounded like. I could swear, as my kids get older, my tolerance for small humans gets lesser.)
What You need:
Chicken breasts, boneless, cut into 2-3″ strips. However many you need. Or even way more.
In a big bowl, toss the chicken strips with salt and pepper and flour to lightly dust.
Scramble up 3 eggs (per 5 chicken breasts) in a bowl and add about 1/4 cup milk. Stir.
Shake excess flour of chicken, dip in egg, and then dip in fancy shmancy breadcrumbs. These ones are the best because they have dehydrated potato flakes in them, as well as I’m not sure what else but they’re fabulous.
I get them from a kosher grocery store near me, but you can use a combination of italian breadcrumbs mixed with Panko crumbs.
Heat up about 1″ of vegetable oil in a large skillet and par-fry the chicken fingers until golden on each side.
Lay in a single layer on a parchment covered cookie sheet. Bake for 15 -20 minutes at 375 degrees.
The best part? They freeze great! (If you’re lucky and there’s a few left….)
Dessert was Dairy Queen Ice Cream cake, Red Velvet cupcakes from Costco, and…
Purchase a box of Ghirardelli Brownie mix from Costco
Follow the directions. Add sprinkles on top before baking to make it look like they’re home made. (if you want to be very fancy, mix a whole bunch of sprinkles together. Well, that’s the party line, but really, I had all kinds of sprinkles in little tiny bags and my husband mixed them up in a container. He’s smart, I think.)
Once, my sister mixed mashed bananas into these and they were even better than delicious. I think the word for that is scrumptious.
Bake, cut, serve.
Next stop, We’ve got an 18th birthday coming up. And, she likes pasta. Oh, the possibilities….