If chicken fingers and nuggets are all your kids want for dinner, try these quick and easy recipes instead of resorting to fast food.
Pecan-Crusted Chicken TendersCrunchy chicken fingers get faux-fry flavor after a quick bake in the oven. The saltines add crunch and the pecans add nutty flavor.
Coconut Chicken FingersKids love the sweetness that the coconut adds to the coating of the chicken. And, if your kids are allergic to wheat flour, note that this chicken finger recipe calls for rice flour instead of wheat flour in the coating.
Chicken Nugget TacosYour kids will be in dinner heaven when you combine two of their favorite dinners into one with these chicken nugget tacos. And you’ll be in dinner heaven because the recipe features frozen chicken nuggets, which are probably already in your freezer.
Pan-Fried Chicken Fingers with Spicy Dipping SauceIf all your kids ever want for dinner are chicken fingers, no worries. These chicken fingers are lower in fat than fast-food chicken fingers because they’re pan-fried in a small amount of canola oil and they also have fiber from the coating of whole grain cereal. If the sauce seems too spicy for your kids, just leave out the hot chile sauce.
Pretzel-Crusted Chicken NuggetsAdd extra flavor to chicken nuggets with a coating mixture of pretzels and Parmesan cheese.
Crunchy Pecan-Crusted Chicken FingersSaltine crackers and ground pecans make this coating for these chicken fingers extra crunchy and super flavorful.
"Fried" Pecan Chicken FingersAdding ground pecans to the chicken's coating mixture gives the chicken fingers a pleasing nutty flavor and a little bit of extra crunch. And, because they're baked instead of fried, these chicken fingers are a healthy kid-friendly dinner option.
Buffalo-Seasoned Chicken Fingers With Blue Cheese Dipping SauceFor a super-easy weeknight dinner, start with frozen breaded chicken breast strips and add a little kick with Buffalo-style hot sauce. If the heat is too much for the kids, just omit that step.
Oven "Fried" Chicken Fingers with Honey-Mustard Dipping SauceThe coating of breadcrumbs and crushed cornflakes makes these chicken fingers extra crispy. And because they're baked instead of fried, they have less than 4 grams of fat per serving.
Chicken Nuggets with Mustard Dipping SauceHealthy chicken nuggets are a mother's dream because there's no need to feel guilty about serving the kids nuggets every night. There's also no need to do fast food drive-through.
Lemon-Garlic Chicken TendersThese chicken tenders are crispy, crumbly, and downright delicious.
Chicken Nuggets and Sweet FriesSneak a few extra vitamins into your weeknight meals by serving tasty sweet potato fries with these oven-fried, bite-size chicken nuggets.
Kickin' Chicken NuggetsThese nuggets bring on the heat with a coating of Parmesan cheese and crushed spicy pita chips. If your family's not into spicy foods, you can use regular pita chips.
Crispy Pan-Fried Chicken with Ranch Dipping SauceUse panko breading for these chicken fingers because the breading holds up and stays crisp when these chicken fingers are made ahead.
Parmesan Chicken Breast TendersWe call for chicken breast tenders here to keep things easy, but you can also use skinless, boneless chicken breasts (which are less expensive). Just cut each breast lengthwise into 3 strips. (Cost for 4: $8.61)
Potato-Crusted Chicken FingersThese chicken fingers are pan-fried in a small amount of canola oil and coated with a crispy mixture of baked potato chips and flour.
Oven-Baked Chicken FingersHeating your baking sheet prior to cooking ensures crispier results for your chicken fingers. Serve them with ranch dressing, barbecue sauce, or honey mustard for dipping.
Pretzel-Crusted Chicken Breast Tenders with Garlicky Dipping Sauce
A crunchy coating from a snacktime favorite is sure to win big with the kids--especially when paired with a creamy garlic dip. Honey mustard would be good, too.