Healthier Crispy Chicken Fingers with Honey-Mustard Sauce

In an attempt to get my kids eating chicken fingers (nuggets) that do not come from a box, I gave this healthier version a try.  Mission accomplished.

They are crispy and not spicy (my kids are not spice lovers) and are a cinch to make.

We had these for dinner with a green salad and a side of veggies and everyone was happy.  Give these a try if you are looking for an alternative chicken meal.

Enjoy!

Preheat oven to 400o F.  Combine the chicken and the buttermilk in a shallow dish.  Cover and chill for 15 minutes.

Pulverize cereal in a food processor.  You could put the cereal in a plastic bag and crush with a rolling pin, it just won’t be as fine or evenly crushed.

Spray a baking tray with cooking spray.  Season the chicken well with salt and pepper.  Dip each piece of chicken in the cereal to fully coat and arrange on the baking tray.  Bake until cooked through, about 10 minutes.  Leave the chicken on the baking tray to cool slightly, it will get crispier.

While chicken is baking make the honey-mustard sauce by combining mustard and mayonnaise until smooth.  Stir in honey.

Serve with sauce and enjoy.

Healthier Crispy Chicken Fingers
Adapted from Ellie Krieger

1-1/4 pound boneless, skinless chicken tenderloins
1/2 cup lowfat buttermilk
Cooking spray
4 cups whole-grain cereal (I used 1/2 Corn Chex & 1/2 Cornflakes)
Salt & pepper

Honey-Mustard Sauce

1/2 cup Dijon mustard
1 Tablespoon mayonnaise
3 Tablespoons honey

Preheat oven to 400o F.  Combine the chicken and the buttermilk in a shallow dish.  Cover and chill for 15 minutes.

Pulverize cereal in a food processor.  You could put the cereal in a plastic bag and crush with a rolling pin, it just won’t be as fine or evenly crushed.

Spray a baking tray with cooking spray.  Season the chicken well with salt and pepper.  Dip each piece of chicken in the cereal to fully coat and arrange on the baking tray.  Bake until cooked through, about 10 minutes.  Leave the chicken on the baking tray to cool slightly, it will get crispier.

While chicken is baking make the honey-mustard sauce by combining mustard and mayonnaise until smooth.  Stir in honey.

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14 Comments

  1. leslie 1

    I love healthier versions of things like chicken fingers. WHo knew a yummy dip would come from mixing mayo and honey together!?! yum

  2. Deeba 2

    I love the healthy take on these Cathy. I made similar chicken popcorn last week, but deep fried them. This time I’m gonna go your way, and bake ‘em healthy! Buttermilk seems to work magic into these beauties! Happy 2011!

  3. Interesting…another great recipe to try out this week!

  4. Dawn 4

    Okay this sounds amazing. I’m going to try on the family this week, thanks!!

  5. Harrison 5

    My brother was unable to eat wheat when growing up (an allergy he eventually overcame) but as a work-around, my mom breaded chickenin with rice crispies, also crushed up. They end up really fine, and while they’re not quite as ‘crunchy’, if you used chicken with the skin on, it has great texture.

  6. I cannot wait to try the honey-mustard sauce!

  7. laura 7

    my husband and i are both suckers for chicken fingers – this version sounds amazing!

  8. Linda 8

    My Mom used to bake chicken in Kellogg’s crumbs. Unfortunately she dipped the chicken in butter. :) The buttermilk dip sounds perfect.

  9. mama v 9

    Gonna try this chicken recipe for dinner tomorrow! You can go even healthier with the dip by swapping out the mayo for plain Greek yogurt.

  10. Brigitte 10

    Sounds yummy, but can anyone suggest a substitute for honey (we have some honey allergies in the family).

  11. John Krehbiel 11

    Looks great. Do you think you could seal and feeeze after cooking? We were thinking of storing for later use for our kids.

  12. Emily 12

    I made these for dinner tonight for myself and my very picky boyfriend, and they are amazing!!! They stay so moist and delicious!!

  13. Simon Jones 13

    I made these for my daughter and her friend last night with some homemade chips as part of homemade McDonalds night and she said they were much nicer than the real thing, which was what we were hoping to hear! Thanks a million. Any chance of a Noble Pig iPad app?

  14. Hilson 14

    These look great! Perfect for after a long run.

    I wonder though, if they would work with whole milk? I live in Japan an I have never seen buttermilk here, and aside from half and half whole milk is the thickest thing I can think I can find. Do you have any suggestions?