I do not have children, but many of my friends do, and from what I understand, the struggle to get them to eat can be very real. There is apparently some sort of magic that must be conjured, or special candle that must be lit to get them to voluntarily eat.
When I was visiting friends in the UK a few months ago and the 4 year old asked what I was making for dinner I said ‘chicken fingers.’ His reply? “I don’t like those.” I know little dude – you don’t like anything. But you know what? When they hit the table he said “Oh! I like these.” And asked for seconds. When I made them last month while visiting again? He wanted more.
So, here you go. A picky kid approved recipe for homemade chicken fingers.
- Cut 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts into 1/2 inch strips (I mean really, who uses other chicken boobs?)
- Mix 3 heaping spoon-fulls of flour, a generous shake of pepper, a few shakes of cayenne pepper and 3 pinches of salt in a dish and dredge chicken pieces – set aside
- Allow the chicken to set for 5-10 minutes and dredge in flour again
- Lightly wisk 2 eggs in a separate bowl
- Add 1 1/2 cups panko bread crumbs to any remaining flour and generouslty reseason with peppers and salt
- Dredge flour coated fingers in egg and then roll in panko, add to hot pan with oil and cook 2 minutes or so on each side until cooked
I bet your kids love them. And if they don’t, take them back to the kid store. You kept your reciept, right?