Crispy Cereal Chicken Fingers
Learn how to make the tastiest chicken fingers while still getting a good source of fibre in every serving.
7 tips to consider before your next grocery store trip:
- Do an inventory in your pantry or fridge. Often times we push items toward the back of the cupboard while restocking new items at the front. This leads to many foods left unused. Funny enough, I created this recipe because I thought I ran out of breadcrumbs. Then after I made the meal, lo and behold…the breadcrumbs container turned out to be tucked all the way at the back of my cupboard. Double-check at home before you buy!
- Purchase sale items. Peruse through your community flyers to see what’s on sale. Then, build your meal plan based on those sale items.
- Plan meals around in-season fresh produce. This is one of the easiest ways to reduce your grocery bill. If it’s not in season, opt for something else.
- Carry a grocery list. It can be so tempting to just wing a trip to the grocery store and rely on your memory. Browse online to find meal inspirations and review the list of ingredients for the recipe. You can upload your list and deals to any grocery shopping list app like Flipp. The key part here is to stick to your list!
- Buy foods with a longer shelf life. I’m all for fresh foods + veggies but sometimes you have to switch to cost-saving substitutes. Canned beans, canned tuna, and cereal are some of my go-to grocery items to help maximize my weekly expenses at the supermarket.
- Shop in bulk. This is one of the most cost-efficient ways to shop. Although buying in bulk requires you to pay more upfront, you leave with greater savings.
- Price match. Price matching means matching a lower product price from a store in the competitive market. Most stores will match the lower price because they want you to buy from them and not their competitor. Check online/print flyers and save the products you’d like to price match. Make sure items are identical in size and in-stock. Price matching is golden and key to saving more money.
You’ve probably seen cereal fried chicken before, usually made with cornflakes. But what if I told you I used Raisin Bran cereal. A little story: Friday nights are lazy nights in my house. Growing up we’d either order in or bake chicken fingers and fries for dinner. It’s the weekend and we used Friday nights as our nights off from cooking. That tradition carries on to this day. I had chicken breasts thawed out one evening and had frozen french fries ready to bake. Perfect. I seasoned the meat, was ready to take out the breadcrumbs, only to not find the breadcrumbs. I already had chicken fingers on my mind so I had to make it but I had no idea what else I could use instead of breadcrumbs. Then it just went off like a light bulb – CEREAL. I haven’t opened my cereal cupboard in so long so I couldn’t even remember which ones I had left. The only cereal I had left was Raisin Bran (which to me isn’t the most exciting cereal in the world). Call me crazy but I seasoned that thing so good I forgot it was raisin bran cereal coated on my chicken fingers! I’m so excited for you to try it. If you don’t have raisin bran cereal, try another cereal that you might have sitting in your kitchen. Let nothing go to waste!
Why use Raisin Bran?
- This cereal is rich in fibre and a variety of micronutrients.
- By separating the whole grain cereal from the raisins, you’re skipping out on the sugar and saving the healthiest part of the cereal. Reserve the raisins for a sweet trail mix snack.
- It’s whole grain which not only makes it more filling but adds an extra crunch.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Boneless chicken breast
- Raisin Bran cereal (or similar)
- Dried parsley
- Dried basil
- Cayenne pepper
- Dried oregano
- All-purpose seasoning salt
Crispy Cereal Chicken Fingers
- 1 Food processor
- 1 Boneless chicken breast cut in strips
- 3/4 cup Raisin Bran cereal or similar (remove the raisins)
- 1/8 tsp Dried parsley
- 1/8 tsp Dried basil
- 1/8 tsp Dried oregano
- 1/8 tsp Paprika
- 1/4 tsp Cayenne pepper optional
- 1/4 tsp All-purpose seasoning salt
- 2-3 tbsp Milk
- 1 tbsp olive oil or base with non-stick cooking spray
- Season chicken breast. Then cut into 1-inch strips
- Add Raisin Bran cereal and seasonings into food processor. Grind until the cereal is broken up into fine pieces.
- Dip the chicken in milk. Then press each side of the cutlet 2-3 times in the cereal crumbs until it’s fully coated.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Use a brush to base the baking sheet with olive oil. *
- Bake strips in the oven (middle rack) for 20 mins, turning halfway until strips are darker brown and cooked through (Raisin Bran is already brown so it will come out darker than regular breaded chicken)
- Serve with ketchup, BBQ sauce, or your favourite dip.
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