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Contest-Winning Crispy Chicken Fingers

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Cook: 5 min./batch


7 servings

Updated: Oct. 14, 2022
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
Contest-Winning Crispy Chicken Fingers Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 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


  1. 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.
  2. 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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