Kid-Friendly Chicken Fingers

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 Tenders
    Photo: Van Chaplin; Styling: Vanessa McNeil Rocchio

    Pecan-Crusted Chicken Tenders

    Crunchy 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 Fingers
    Photo: John Autry; Styling: Cindy Barr

    Coconut Chicken Fingers

    Kids 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 Tacos
    Photo: Kana Okada; Styling: Susan Vajaranant

    Chicken Nugget Tacos

    Your 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 Fngers with Spicy Dipping Sauce
    Photo: John Autry; Styling: Cindy Barr

    Pan-Fried Chicken Fingers with Spicy Dipping Sauce

    If 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 Nuggets
    Photo: Ben Fink; Styling: Stephana Bottom

    Pretzel-Crusted Chicken Nuggets

    Add extra flavor to chicken nuggets with a coating mixture of pretzels and Parmesan cheese.
  • Crunchy Pecan-Crusted Chicken Fingers
    Photo: Kana Okada; Styling: Susan Vajaranant

    Crunchy Pecan-Crusted Chicken Fingers

    Saltine crackers and ground pecans make this coating for these chicken fingers extra crunchy and super flavorful.
  • "Fried" Pecan Chicken Fingers

    "Fried" Pecan Chicken Fingers

    Adding 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 Sauce

    Buffalo-Seasoned Chicken Fingers With Blue Cheese Dipping Sauce

    For 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 Sauce
    Photo: Oxmoor House

    Oven "Fried" Chicken Fingers with Honey-Mustard Dipping Sauce

    The 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 Sauce
    Photography: Randy Mayor; Styling: Melanie J. Clarke

    Chicken Nuggets with Mustard Dipping Sauce

    Healthy 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.
  • Chicken Nuggets and Sweet Fries

    Chicken Nuggets and Sweet Fries

    Sneak a few extra vitamins into your weeknight meals by serving tasty sweet potato fries with these oven-fried, bite-size chicken nuggets.
  • Kickin' Chicken Nuggets
    Photo: Quentin Bacon

    Kickin' Chicken Nuggets

    These 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 Sauce
    Photo: Grant Cornett; Styling: Angharad Bailey

    Crispy Pan-Fried Chicken with Ranch Dipping Sauce

    Use panko breading for these chicken fingers because the breading holds up and stays crisp when these chicken fingers are made ahead.
  • Potato-Crusted Chicken Fingers
    Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross

    Potato-Crusted Chicken Fingers

    These 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 Fingers
    Oxmoor House

    Oven-Baked Chicken Fingers

    Heating 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.
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