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Yes It's Chicken Chicken Fingers

Have you ever noticed that any kid menu in the free world includes chicken fin­gers? It's no won­der they become a sta­ple in a lot of children's diets. How­ever, I can't stand get­ting them when we're out for din­ner. Have they been frozen for 100 years? Did they fry them? Is that even chicken?

I, there­fore, decided we had to start mak­ing our own. While it's not an act of culi­nary bril­liance, we love this beyond easy recipe and pull it out at least once a week. Plus Scar­lett LOVES to cook this dish. Yes, you heard me. My three year old makes the meal all by her­self. I mea­sure, cut and arrange every­thing in front of her, but she does the work. I love how it makes the usual din­ner prepa­ra­tion gong show more enjoy­able as she's engaged in the task I'm work­ing on. It's in con­trast to some of our other nights–she is con­stantly ask­ing me to help her with the 90 ran­dom, lit­tle tasks her tired body ping-pong's her between. We also have awe­some con­ver­sa­tions. For instance, today she told me, "Mama, you know, paper comes from trees. For real!"

Yet noth­ing beats the look on her face dur­ing our din­ner. At our house, we have a lit­tle tra­di­tion. At the end of every meal, Scar­lett and her dad usu­ally count to three and then yell, "Thank you Mommy for a great din­ner!" She loves the whole yelling in uni­son thing and we like her acknowl­edg­ing someone's hard work. The look on her proud-as-punch face when we yell, "Thank you Scar­lett for a great din­ner!" is priceless.

When we had the idea for this blog it seemed like a great way to make the meal time conun­drum a bit more bear­able for par­ent. And why not get our kids inter­ested and active par­tic­i­pants in nutri­tion? How­ever, some­thing else I didn't antic­i­pate came from it–Scarlett feels help­ful and con­fi­dent in the kitchen. Maybe it's our chicken fin­ger nights or the almond but­ter and jelly sand­wiches she makes me for lunch, but you can see her self-esteem explode as she tells her friends, "Me a good cook". If mak­ing chicken fin­gers can do that for her con­fi­dence (maybe that self-esteem will trans­late into other areas of her life), then I'll eat these damn ten­ders every night for the rest of my life. I'll need a choco­late chip cookie too, of course.

Yes, It's Chicken Chicken Fingers

1 organic chicken breast
1 egg, beaten
1/4 cup plain bread­crumbs
1/2 tea­spoon grated parme­san cheese
1/4 tea­spoon gar­lic pow­der
1/2 tea­spoon Mrs. Dash

Method

Pre­heat the oven at 400.

Lightly grease a non stick tray with olive oil

Cut the chicken breast into small strips.

Beat the egg in a bowl.

We like to make our own bread crumbs. I dry my favorite organic spelt bread by Rudi's Organ­ics, but pre­pared ones are good too. Scar­lett likes to make the bread crumbs–there's some­thing about anni­hi­lat­ing bread in a blender that makes her happy.

Place the bread­crumbs on a large plate and mix in the cheese, gar­lic and Mrs. Dash. You could really use any com­bi­na­tion of herbs or adjust their quan­ti­ties based on taste.

Take a strip of chicken and dip in egg. Then coat with the bread­crumb mix­ture. Place on your cook­ing sheet. Bake for 10–15 min­utes, until golden brown. Turn once to brown both sides and be sure to cook through.

We love to eat our chicken fin­gers with home­made mac and cheese and steamed broc­coli, but Scar­lett really wanted brown rice on this night. She also had some fresh, cut red pep­per and pear.

  

7 Comments

  1. Ceri says:

    Scar­lett, you are a Rock Star! You can come over and make din­ner for us any night!

  2. Lesa says:

    Amaz­ing! Scarlett's expres­sion with the blender is the best!

  3. Karen aka Ms. Karen says:

    Scar­lett, if you cooked these yummy fin­gers for me I would just have to yell "Scar­lett, thank you for the deli­cious din­ner!" (just like your Mom and Dad) I love to cook too! You can teach me some of your favourite tips!

  4. Robin says:

    Made these last night with my girl. She won­dered why "we eat other chicken when we can have this instead." Why indeed.

  5. Laura Keogh says:

    Hi Robin. Thank you so much for your note. We're thrilled your girl liked the recipe. She sounds like a girl after our own heart. Thank you for reading.

  6. Sarika says:

    Wow, how igno­rant of you to equate the "free world" with West­ern food.

  7. Jan says:

    I took the com­ment regard­ing the free world as more of a regard to "ubiq­ui­tous" here in my lit­tle por­tion of the free world
    where I reside with chilren and don't nec­es­sar­ily have the oppor­tu­nity to travel to expe­ri­ence some lovely cui­sine, rather than an assump­tion chicken fin­gers are on every "free world" menu.

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