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Contest-Winning Crispy Chicken Fingers Recipe

Contest-Winning Crispy Chicken Fingers Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 1. In a large resealable plastic bag, combine the first six ingredients. In a shallow bowl, whisk egg and buttermilk. Dip a few pieces of chicken at a time in buttermilk mixture, then place in bag; seal and shake to coat.
  • 2. In an electric skillet, heat oil to 375°. Fry chicken, a few strips at a time, for 2-3 minutes on each side or until no longer pink. Drain on paper towels. Yield: 7 servings.

Nutritional 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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Psalm127-3 User ID: 7749892 261934
Reviewed Feb. 28, 2017

"gad these are good"

Queenlalisa User ID: 15400 253471
Reviewed 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 User ID: 31788 252522
Reviewed 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.

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fishrgal User ID: 1182152 218411
Reviewed 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 User ID: 6177202 217760
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2015

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

jenjones892 User ID: 3931282 185544
Reviewed 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."

DebMo User ID: 7194461 172243
Reviewed 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!"

tulip969 User ID: 6932609 101316
Reviewed Feb. 18, 2013

"Excellent recipe, but I couldn't help but tweak it bit. I marinated the chicken in buttermilk overnight, used panko breadcrumbs and added cayenne and black pepper (thanks ElaineMP). I didn't use an electric fryer, but they still turned out great! Thanks Rachel & TOH :)"

ElaineMP User ID: 7134205 145138
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2013

"This is such a family-friendly recipe, sure to please everyone! To give the chicken fingers a little kick, add a pinch of cayenne and some freshly ground black pepper. For another twist, drizzle in honey and a couple shakes of lemon pepper. Absolutely delicious!"

aza572 User ID: 163295 183466
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2013

"A good substitute for buttermilk is to put one Tbsp. lemon juice or white vinegar in a cup measure and add a cup of milk. Let it sit for 5-10 minutes and it will thicken up just like buttermilk. I have used this method for cakes which call for buttermilk, which I don't usually have on hand. It works perfectly!"

eviestulipsrabbitry User ID: 5900766 187036
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2011

"We didnt have buttermilk, So we used skim milk, 3 table spoons of butter and mixed it together, But it was good just needs a few more spices! And ate it with baked potato! :)"

RainbowKnight User ID: 5928666 183289
Reviewed May. 5, 2011

"LOVE this chicken fingers recipe! The breading is crispy, the taste is delicious and the chicken stays moist. As a mother of boys and having a husband who is a picky eater, this recipe is a MUST in our home!"

PACountryGirl User ID: 5675087 187008
Reviewed Apr. 7, 2011

"The whole family enjoyed these. I didn't have Parmesan cheese and my bread crumbs were seasoned."

Ab0628 User ID: 3440719 211094
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2011

"Great recipe. My five-year-old son helped me make them, and my husband and son both loved them. I used milk instead of buttermilk."

debnbrian User ID: 536671 166485
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2010

"These chicken Fingers are absolutely delicious."

CathyGribler User ID: 3174174 126359
Reviewed Sep. 6, 2010

"My family loves this recipe. I have even shared this with my mother and her and my father also enjoy these. They are great with ranch dressing."

centralvacmama User ID: 3711919 102064
Reviewed Jun. 13, 2010

"My teenage son loves chicken fingers (surprise, surprise!!). He invited some friends over for dinner and asked me to make chicken fingers in my deep fat fryer (as opposed to oven frying them). I looked for a new recipe and decided to try this one. It was a hit with everyone, including me! They were delicious! I actually cooked over 3 pounds of chicken breast tenderloins, and the stated coating ingredients were enough even for that amount of chicken. You do not need to turn the chicken when using a deep fat fryer."

ktplowman User ID: 4104974 117872
Reviewed Apr. 17, 2010

"My daughter is very picky and she loves these! She says they are almost as good as O'Charleys, her favorite resturant."

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