Crispy Chicken Fingers

Total Time:
43 min
Prep:
15 min
Inactive:
20 min
Cook:
8 min

Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy

NUTRITION INFO
Ingredients
  • 1 1/4 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut across into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup lowfat buttermilk
  • Cooking spray
  • 4 cups whole-grain corn cereal (recommended: Corn Chex or cornflakes)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • Honey-Mustard Sauce, recipe follows
Directions
Watch how to make this recipe

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Combine the chicken and buttermilk in a shallow dish. Cover and chill for 15 minutes.

Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray. Put the cereal in a sealed plastic bag and crush with a rolling pin. Transfer the crumbs to a shallow dish. Season the chicken with the salt and a few grinds of pepper. Dip each piece of chicken in the cereal to fully coat and arrange on the baking sheet. Bake until cooked through, about 8 minutes. Leave the chicken on the baking sheet to cool slightly. It will become crispier.

Serve with the mustard sauce.

Honey-Mustard Sauce:

1/2 cup Dijon mustard

1 tablespoon mayonnaise

3 tablespoons honey

In a small bowl, stir together the mustard and mayonnaise until smooth. Stir in the honey.

Yield: 1 1/4 cups


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These taste just fine, nothing special. I added plenty of different spices, I think they would be pretty boring without. The honey mustard had a little bit too much of a bite for me I'd probably do half dijon and half yellow next time. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Excellent receipe, did as some suggested and used a rack on the cookie sheet, wasn't really expecting much from the mustard sauce but boy what a nice compliment to the chicken fingers, and with a side of Ellie's macaroni salad, what a healthy treat for supper! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this tonight and the chicken fingers were moist and crispy. Loved the honey mustard sauce. Will be making gain soon. Bye Bye fast food restaurants! Used less dijon mustard and a little more honey. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe was really good, turned out great! The only thing is that it taste kinda of plain and so for next time I think I may use a bit of honey cereal to give it a honey taste. The honey mustard was okay. I defiantly recconmend this recipe for further use. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is very good! My husband enjoyed it. The buttermilk kept the chicken really moist. A winner. I used corn flakes as there was no Chex to be found (I recently moved to Wales from St. Louis, MO. Forgot to buy honey, so will try the dip next time. I added a little bit of breadcrumbs to keep my mixture together, but I think it would be better without it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
YuMmO!! Very tender and sooooo Delish..i picked up honey chex cereal by accident and it added a lil extra flavor. My family love them! Thanks item not reviewed by moderator and published
Nice and moist - however the smell of the cornflakes destroys it for me. I guess my daughters didn't crush it fine enough. They did a great job with the honey mustard. All is good except for the cornflake crust for me. Easy recipe though. Thanks item not reviewed by moderator and published
I marinated my chicken in buttermilk, 1 teaspoon each Mrs. Dash Salt-Free Chipotle Southwestern spice and 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning and freshly ground pepper for 2 hours in the fridge. I also threw some of those spices in the breadcrumbs, and cooked as directed. The chicken was incredible!! It was SO tender & juicy! I had mine with fat free ranch dressing & I made the honey dijon for my husband (although I tasted it and it was really good! - either way, this was fabulous! Hubby USED to be addicted to a certain fast-food chain's chicken nuggests...he said I ruined him forever!! He said he'll NEVER get fast-food, unhealthy chicken nuggests again!! Mission accomplished! I made onion rings with buttermilk and the seasoned bread crumbs out of one half an onion & baked them for 13 minutes at 400 F with the chicken on a separate sheet pan. They were awesome!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
my kids enjoyed every bit of this recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Loved every bite of it! This was the most delicious chicken figers I have had and the honey mustard made it even better! I love the fact that it is absolutely healthy. I will be making this quick and easy recipe for years to come!!!! :) item not reviewed by moderator and published
Yum!! Made this last night for dinner! My kids who have eaten their fare share of chicken fingers loved them sooo much, and so did I. Although my husband was apprehensive about me cooking chicken fingers for dinner as he knows are kids picky about their favorites, he ended up relaxing enjoying this meal greatly once are kids were happy. I tweeked the recipe slightly, adding paprika and poultry seasoning to the buttermilk and substituting 1.5 cups of the crushed corn chex with panko as i didnt have enough (it turned out delicious. Also, my family is not a big fan of condiments so i decided to not make the sauce, so i cant judge on that. Anyways, I paired this dish with oven fries and steamed broccoli, and it was definitely a hit. Infact my kids requested this chicken again tonight! item not reviewed by moderator and published
So yummy and really satisfied my chicken fingers craving. I loved the crunchiness of the corn chex crumbs. I can't believe how few calories this has! However, I do think the sauce recipe needs some tweaking. It was only okay in my opinion, a little bit bitter and it didn't really capture the familiar taste of the honey-mustard sauce they usually serve at the fast food joints. But the chicken fingers did capture this fast food taste, and were even more delicious and not as disgustingly greasy. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These were great! Made them for my parents tonight, my dad says "Are we really having chicken fingers...?", but he ate almost 10 fingers! I added cajun seasoning to the buttermilk which made the chicken have a great kick. To save on calories with the mustard sauce, I simply mixed dijion mustard with honey. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My picky toddler absolutely loved it. I added a little more honey to the sauce to cut down on the "bite" of the mustard. Looking forward to the leftovers! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I tried this recipe exactly like it is we all liked it, even my 2yr old boy : ) item not reviewed by moderator and published
It is way more than two can eat, my husband and I loved it! I did take some suggestions from other comments on this sight and soaked the chicken in buttermilk, crushed garlic and honey mustard. I also used the food processor to grind the corn chex, Italian seasoning, cracked pepper and parmesan cheese. I also placed the chicken on a wire rack that I placed in the baking sheet. The chicken fingers came out very crispy and tasty. I baked the chicken in a convection oven at 400 for 20 minutes. Everyone has different tastes. the Honey mustard sauce was great, however, my husband said he would like it sweeter the next time, so I'll just add another Tablespoon of honey! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Over all this was a great starter recipe. I didn't have the buttermilk, so I used plain yogurt with added pepper, garlic power, a little salt and pepper. I also seasoned the crushed cereal.(I don't like bland food) With the yogurt being so thick, I had no problem with the cereal sticking. The chicken was extra moist, but the bottom was a little soggy. I cooked the fingers for a little longer, and I think if I turn the chicken, during baking " the soggy bottom" problem will be solved. Over all this was a good recipe, but I always read the reviews, before attempting any of the posted recipes and they help me to tweak the recipe to my liking. I hope this helps item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this recipe twice now - something i hardly ever do with a picky husband. It turns out great and only took a couple minutes to put together. I used the corn chex and they work great. My husband prides himself in being a chicken finger conesiour, so I was so excited when these passed the test. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I wonder how in the world you could spend 40 dollars on ingredients- a box of corn chex cereal, 1 lb of chicken, and buttermilk. I have never tried with corn flakes but can imagine how soggy it becomes because the cereal itself gets soggy in milk. I use corn chex which stays nice and crispy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
made these into nuggets. will definitely try with corn flakes the next time. used another type of cereal so it was soggy. used the nuggets to top a salad and for the dressing used the honey mustard dipping sauce. loved the zip in the sauce! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I follow the recipe exactly, however, the chicken would not taste like anything without the dipping sauce. So 5 stars for the sauce and 3 or the chicken. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Tasted great and my very picky son loved them. Thanks Ellie for a great recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I followed the directions exactly but added a few spices to the cornflakes. They came out a little soggy and i had a little bit of trouble getting the breading to stick to the chicken without being a clumpy mess. But despite the texture I really enjoyed these. And they are fun to make with kids :) item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this for dinner with my daughters age 6 and 9. I used about 1 pound of strips, and used 2% milk and sour cream instead of the buttermilk. My 9 year old was busy devouring some plantains while my 6 year old ate 5 good sized pieces and asked for more!! My kids have good appetites, but this was crazy. They already asked if we could have them again tomorrow. Might not be the most appealing dish for adults, but it's nice because the kids can help make this easy meal before they enjoy eating it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Read some of your commets. I have a six year old daughter. i'm going to make this for her tomorrow. Will add afew spices let you know tomorrow. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My husband and I both loved the taste of the crispy chicken and especially the honey mustard sauce. The chicken fingers came out nice and crispy. I put a cooling rack in a rimmed baking sheet and baked the chicken fingers on that. That way, they turned out crispy all around. item not reviewed by moderator and published
the dipping sauce is excellent and the chicken was very juicy, but I am just not sure I loved the cornflakes. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was a terrible recipe!!!! I spent over $40 on the ingredients and ending up trhowing it out and fixing a frozen dinner. I made this for my family of six and nobody liked it which never happens. If you decide to make this anyway, then I would suggest making a small batch to see if you like it before investing a lot of money to purchase enough chicken to feed a large family. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe was such a winner with my kids. The leftovers are great for school lunches. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I read the reviews and added A LOT of seasoning to mine (chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper, paprika). I used cornflakes and crushed them in my food pro. The breading tasted good, but it was soggy (never got crispy, even with resting) and it didn't stick to the chicken at all. I may try them again and use some egg to help bind the breading, and use my broiler to try to get the breading crispy. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I think the panko tenders are far better, better crisp and flavor. I put extra seasoning and it still didnt hold onto the chicken. They re-heated very dry and I ate them basically because I was hungry and they are still healthy. I dont recommend these, I would pick another recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
It is very delicious. I did not have buttermilk so I used 1 TBS of sourcream with milk. I also did not the exact cereal so I used what in my pantry whole wheat ( no trans fat ) crackers mixed with some cereal. I also added my spices to the creal crumbs ( including some cayenne pepper ). The dip was great. I will definitly do this recipe again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very easy lite chicken finger recipe, assembled it in no time. Needs a flavorful dipping sauce or more aggressive seasoning. Also, a word to the wise: these do not reheat well at all! item not reviewed by moderator and published
i was very excited to try this recipe since it was so easy, but was very disappointed with the way it tasted. it was very bland. it definitely needs more seasoning. i even mixed italian seasoning with the corn flakes but it still didnt taste good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I don't really understand where all the negative reviews are coming from; I have tried several of Ellie's recipes and have yet to be disappointed. My husband and I really enjoyed these chicken fingers and did not find anything too weird or too sweet about the Chex coating. The only changes/additions I made was I used chicken tenders since they are already in the shape of chicken fingers and I added some Dijon mustard to the buttermilk mixture. The flavor was so good that my husband didn't even dip them in ranch dressing like he normally does, we both ate them plain with no sauce. Can't wait to have the leftovers tomorrow for lunch! Yum! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I, generally LOVE Ellie's recipes but I agree with the odd sweetness of the Chex cereal. They were crispy but just was not "wowed' by the flavor. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My family did not care for these chicken fingers. The Corn Chex gave this a falvor that we did not especially care for. It might have been better using Corn Flakes, but I'm not sure. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Surprisingly good. I put cornflakes in food processor with dried sage, thyme and salt. As the recipe says, leave on cooking sheet to crispen. We didn't have leftovers. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy and good for you! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this with store brand cornflakes and it was very good. The only thing was you can't just cook it for 8 min, I cooked it for 20 min. For the Honey-Mustard sauce I added some yellow mustard and Miracle Whip which made it taste better. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Here's what i do for my chicken recipe. I too soak the chicken in the buttermilk to help keep the chicken moist. I too use cereal, crushed. I add salt, garlic powder (i'm italian), dry mustard and pepper to the crushed cereal. I also had panko to the cereal. I bake it at 400 for 8-10 minutes and YUMMY. I did have my son make the honey mustard dressing and boy was it good! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made these chicken fingers with my boyfriend, and it was so much fun, and DELICIOUS!! This is a wonderful substitute to our favorite chicken dish - we ate all of them up with pleasure :-) You'll love it!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
It's quick, easy, and tastes great. Even my son, the quintessential picky eater, loved them dipped in applesauce. item not reviewed by moderator and published
After soaking the chicken pieces in the buttermilk, I rolled it in crushed ritz crackers. Good eats with either honey mustard or sweet and sour sauce. Try potato wedges cook at 425 degrees for 45 minutes or until done. Cut up 2 russet spuds, and coat them in 4 TBL of canola oil,salt and pepper to taste, and shake the pan often. Now this is good eats item not reviewed by moderator and published
Found this on the diabetic meal plan, and being that my husband was just dx'd, I'm trying to show him you can eat healthy and still eat good food. This was a hit in my house! My two year old rarely eats meat, but he wolfed this down and asked for more. I used the corn chex and left it fairly chunky. I ground the chicken pieces down into the cereal, so even though a good bit fell off after baking, it was still nicely coated. One star off for needing more seasoning. I did not have dijon so I substituted spicey brown mustard in the sauce. I did not measure, so don't know if I used the same amounts, but the sauce came out tasting just like Wendy's honey mustard dipping sauce! Fantastic and will definitely make again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I used corn flakes and crushed them up pretty well. I made them for my boyfriend and me for a picnic. It was so delicious. He loved it, as did I. I would highly recommend this! item not reviewed by moderator and published
GREAT RECIPE...EASY & DELISH!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe was quick and easy. I only had Special K- Vanilla Almond and I thought it turned out really well! The chicken was really tender and the cereal was crunchy. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was a great recipe. Even my kids enjoyed it. :) item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe was very strange. Would not make again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
with most of you. The cereal was weird. It gave the chicken a sweet taste and had a strange texture. The honey mustard was really good and the chicken was moist. I will try this recipe again, but use crushed Melba toasts instead. I saw them used in another cookbook. item not reviewed by moderator and published
first healthy recipe I've ever tried where the chicken did come out crispy...only issue was the honey mustard sauce was a bit spicy for the kids...so, we just used honey only..since we don't use much of it, still healthy meal. I made this meal with the Ellie's baked Sweet potatoe fries...yummy healthy meal that the kids would eat! Yeah! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I used whole grain chex cereal and I found that it added a weird sweetness to the chicken. I also felt that it tasted stale instead of crispy. The sauce was good though. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was concerned with all the mixed ratings, but my husband and two boys ate it all and loved it. I used Life cereal and added parmasean cheese (the dried cheese in the shaker bottle kind) and more salt to counter the sweetness of the cereal. I set out 5 different dipping sauces and we had a "Double Dipping Party" with raw vegetables too. THis one is a keeper and easy to make. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I always use the buttermilk, but I was excited to try the cereal instead of the flour. No one in my family really cared for it at all. The Chex just tasted strange and added a sweetness that did not match up well with the chicken. Maybe the Corn Flakes would be better??????? I'm afraid to get my hopes up. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These are great although I didn't try the honey mustard sauce. I use Ken's lite. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My girlfriend is a picky eater and hates spicy food. She loves this recipe as is. I do add a lot more black pepper and hot sauce to buttermilk and add more pepper before adding the dry mixture. I use the rice/corn hexagon cereal crushed almost to a powder and bake this about 15 minutes longer for extra crispiness--the result is pretty good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Trying to keep my family to eat healthy, I decided to have my son help with this recipe. Not only was the recipe easy, but the chicken fingers and honey mustard were awesome and healthy. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a great base recipe. Make sure your cereal is completely smashed though. I added parmesean cheese, seasoned salt, italian seasoning, and cracked pepper to the crumbs for more flavor, since the other reviews have called this 'bland.' item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was awesome. I had made a similar recipe to this, but the chex and buttermilk really stepped this up. I added my own seasoning to taste and it was perfect. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very good baked chicken recipe. Family loved it. Will put this on the menu again. :~) item not reviewed by moderator and published
We mixed our Crispix cereal with Italian breadcrumbs to give the coating more flavor. The buttermilk did make the chicken extremely moist and, although the coating did not get as crispy as we would have liked, the dish was a hit with the whole family. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this for my husband who is very picky about his chicken. It was fast and easy without giving up good flavor. I used rice chex cereal and worked like a charm. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I actually don't mind the corn flakes, but it's good to make sure they are crushed to a fairly fine consistency. I like to line the baking sheet with a wire rack to let the air get beneath the fingers. If you really hate the cereal, you can try panko crumbs which you can find in the asian secion of the store. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Healthy, quick and, most importantly, very yummy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
The chicken was tender delicious but the cereal was too sweet, giving the chicken a weird flavor. I am going to try this recipe with crushed goldfish crackers next time instead of cereal. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I used wheat chex instead of corn and it gave it a nice sweet flavor.I will be making these from now on just knowing that my kid's accepted them well and they are better for us than any other chicken strip recipe out there. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this last night after searching for something a little different to make with chicken. It tasted great, was easy to make and easy clean up. I added salt, pepper, paprika and a dash of garlic powder to the crushed cereal. I also lightly sprayed the tops of the breaded pieces with cooking spray once they were on the baking sheet for a little extra crispiness. I baked them for 25 minutes just to be sure they were done enough. Would reccomend for a weeknight meal, for kids or husbands! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was a simple recipe to follow. It tasted fine, me and my family weren't 'wow'ed but I would definitly make it again due to it being so easy to make, and that it's a healthy alternative to chicken filets. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The chicken definitely needs to be seasoned well - otherwise for being baked, it is pretty good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love the unique factor of this recipe. When it comes out of the oven it looks nothing like regular chicken fingers!!! I also think it needed a bit more salt. It was good though. item not reviewed by moderator and published
We liked this chicken. Can't say that I had any of the problems described before. I don't think, however, that they're as good reheated. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These were really good. Theysatisfy that fried chicken craving. I usually leave them in the oven a little longer than the recipe dictates to get them extra crispy. To all those people who thought they tasted like chicken and cereal...you probably didn't crush the cereal enough. You really have to bash the life out of it and get it pretty fine. Oh yeah...the honey mustard is great, too. The recipe makes way more than you need though. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These chicken fingers are great. They are healthy and quick, not to mention very simple. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I've liked many of Elle's recipes and I was excited about this one, but the cereal overpowered the chicken. I used corn flakes. It adhered well. The chicken seemed moist, but we could barely taste it for the corn flakes. Sorry, but I don't think we will be trying this one again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Who is going to give me my $5 back for the chicken I ruined? The buttermilk actually made it pretty tender, but the coating was just bad. And I even spiced it up like people recommended. item not reviewed by moderator and published
After veiwing the episode from this recipe I was excited to make it. I didn't read any of the reviews prior to making. Well I must say I agree w/ the reviews that stated the fingers had no flavor. Tasted like Chex and chicken very odd taste if u never had chex like I. I enjoy well seasoned food. I will make recipe again but be heavy handed w/ all the seasonings I enjoy. I used them sparingly this time. I also want to try it w/ corn flakes instead of chex. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a keeper. The buttermilk made the chicken breast more moist. I would add more spice next time, maybe red pepper flakes in the buttermilk soak and some cayenne in addition to salt and pepper. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is the only recipe that has "failed" me from the Food Network. I agree with another reviewer that it's a stretch to call this a recipe. And the cereal gives it a really odd flavor. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very easy to prepare. Delicious with the honey mustard sauce. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is great, my teenage son who loves everything that is not good for him and nothing healthy loved these crispy chicken fingers. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My boys ate these up and didn't even complain that quote,"it was healthy" They were surprised to find out it wasn't fried! Comments from my teens wow this is good! item not reviewed by moderator and published
great the first time around but no crispy at all when reheated. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The crushed cereal does not stick to the chicken and doesn't compare to regular chicken fingers. The mustard sauce was good and will you the sauce recipe again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I really like this one as is. This is very quick and very tender. I am not a big chicken fan but this keeps the chicken very tender and moist. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I married into a "Chicken Haters" family and this recipe had them finish every last one. And, it was fun to do. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I would have to agree that the chicken fingers were quite bland. My husband (the food connesiour in the family) simply stated that they tasted like chicken and corn chex. My two-year old would not touch them. We ate half because I had made them, and the others are still sitting in the fridge and will most likely be thrown away. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The chicken was nice and moist due to the buttermilk but the overall flavor was bland. It was a little strange too. My 19 month old daughter would not touch it and she is a big chicken eater. item not reviewed by moderator and published
A quick, healthy and tasty way to cook chicke. Thanks Ellie! item not reviewed by moderator and published
better then the fried stuff! item not reviewed by moderator and published
These are wonderful. I had no problems with the chex sticking. I used corn chex and put a little red pepper, seasoning salt and garlic powder to the mix and they came out great. You have to make the honey mustard it just sets them off. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Tried this recipe after watching the program. I have to say that every other recipe of Elle's has been a big success with my family, except this one. The chicken was moist enough so the buttermilk was fine, but the overall taste was bland and kind of weird with the cereal coating. I found that the coating did not stick as well as I had hoped and the ones that did, just had a so so taste. I still think her recipes are super though, the whole wheat pasta with walnuts and feta is a family favorite.I'll definitely keep watching this show. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made these with corn flakes and crushed them well which I think made them adhere better. I did have to stop in the middle and crush more, though. Four cups wasn't quite enough. The mustard sauce was pretty hot from the dijon so little kids may not like it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
What a nice way to have delicious and healthy chicken for adults. I used whole grain wheat chex - it adhered just great and made for a crunchy topping. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love all of Ellie's recipes, and these were no exception. I think one thing that people forget is that all recipes have to be seasoned to your taste. I always add garlic salt and pepper because I know that is what my family likes. These recipes are a method, you make them to your taste. I love this show. It is so nice to have a show that makes healthy recipes with every day ingredients. item not reviewed by moderator and published

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