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Contest-Winning Crispy Chicken Fingers

My kids love these tender, moist chicken strips! My husband and I cut up the chicken and add to a lettuce salad with eggs, tomatoes and cheese. And everybody's happy! —Rachel Fizel, Woodbury, Minnesota
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 5 min./batch
  • Makes
    7 servings


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1-3/4 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips
  • Oil for deep-fat frying


  • Combine the first 6 ingredients in a shallow bowl. In a second shallow bowl, whisk egg and buttermilk. Dip a few pieces of chicken at a time in buttermilk mixture, then in flour mixture; toss to coat.
  • In an deep cast-iron or electric skillet, heat oil to 375°. Fry chicken, a few strips at a time, until chicken is no longer pink and crust is golden brown, 2-3 minutes on each side. Drain on paper towels.
Nutrition Facts
4 ounce-weight: 341 calories, 16g fat (2g saturated fat), 80mg cholesterol, 485mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 28g protein.

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  • Sapna
    Dec 13, 2017

    i Like your CONTEST-WINNING CRISPY CHICKEN FINGERS Recipe. i hope In Future You post More Food Recipes Like this.

  • pajamaangel
    Dec 12, 2017

    Even better than any restaurant! You can add any seasonings you want to these and it will work. I made them gluten free and no one even noticed; they were that good! This is going into the rotation. I used a small deep fryer and cooked them for 5 minutes. Perfect!

  • Psalm127-3
    Feb 28, 2017

    gad these are good

  • Queenlalisa
    Aug 31, 2016

    I used Italian bread crumbs and man these were FANTASTIC! Everyone fought over the last one. I let my kids half it.

  • MarineMom_texas
    Aug 11, 2016

    I made this recipe tonight and declare it a winner. Definitely five stars. Not only easy but delicious. I highly recommend this recipe.Volunteer Field Editor.

  • fishrgal
    Jan 20, 2015

    These were so easy to make and so delicious! I made them exactly as written and I wouldn't change a thing. This was only my second time of deep frying anything, and I will continue to do it from now on, as long as Taste of Home keeps giving us such good recipes.

  • theallens7106
    Jan 13, 2015

    My kids loved this recipe. They had seconds which is not usual.

  • jenjones892
    Jun 5, 2013

    I have officially thrown out all of my other recipes for fried chicken coating. This is the winner and I don't know that I'll ever read another recipe for it. This is so simple and so delicious! I use chicken tenderloin instead of cutting larger pieces into strips. It works perfectly and is a great serving size.

  • Brassy62
    Apr 6, 2013

    No comment left

  • DebMo
    Mar 23, 2013

    These are amazing, easy and quick. I didn't have buttermilk either so made my own by adding lemon juice one time and vinegar the next. Didn't have parmesan cheese so just omitted. I tossed them in Franks Hot Sauce after deep frying. Five stars of yumminess!