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Chicken Fingers

Almost everyone in my family requests these golden chicken fingers as their birthday dinner entree. I begin marinating the chicken strips early in the day to cut down on last-minute fuss. —Charlotte Baillargeon, Hinsdale, Massachusetts
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. + marinating Cook: 20 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 6 boneless skinless chicken breasts (6 ounces each)
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • Oil for frying
  • Minced fresh parsley, optional


  • Cut the chicken into 1/2-in. strips; Combine the egg, buttermilk and garlic powder in a shallow dish; add chicken. Turn to coat.; cover and refrigerate for 2-4 hours.
  • Drain and discard marinade. In another shallow dish, combine the flour, bread crumbs, salt and baking powder; add chicken. Toss to coat.
  • In a deep cast-iron or electric skillet, heat oil to 375°. Fry the chicken in batches until golden brown on both sides, 4-5 minutes. Drain on paper towels. If desired, sprinkle with parsley.
Nutrition Facts
6 ounce-weight: 363 calories, 6g fat (2g saturated fat), 131mg cholesterol, 882mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 42g protein.

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  • CatherineReisenauer
    Jul 29, 2020

    These are so good! One tweak: instead of frying, melt some butter and carefully pour/brush it onto the strips and bake them. Oh my! Delicious and less mess, less fried scent. THANK YOU for sharing!

  • dewflop
    Jun 19, 2020

    I have been using this recipe for years. My family loves it and it is simple with tons of flavor. I usually make a homemade honey mustard sauce to go with it. The buttermilk makes the chicken so moist and tender. Love this recipe!

  • jeanemed
    Jul 5, 2019

    This is an update. Yesterday I used this recipe to make chicken nuggets for the 4th of July. Everybody loved them. Thanks for the recipe.

  • tekinha
    Apr 30, 2019

    The best chicken fingers I’ve ever made. I baked them though

  • E-world
    Dec 13, 2018

    You can also Add 1 Tsp. paprika

  • Robin
    Jun 3, 2018

    Great! Add 1 tsp paprika & 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper to the flour mix to fit our taste.

  • justmbeth
    Jan 15, 2015

    These were good. Made as written Would do again without any adjustments. Made them as part of appetizer night and their were no leftovers.

  • madella
    Jul 29, 2014

    just finished making them. not good at all. very bland breading was falling off. i gave it 1 star cause i was required to do it!

  • snwilliamson
    May 11, 2014

    Our whole family raved over this recipe. I will make it again!

  • PruneyHaze
    Jan 17, 2013

    This was great! I made it with gluten-free bread crumbs and gluten-free flour. My family loved it, and my daughter who has issues with gluten was thrilled!