I cook. I cook when I’m hungry. I cook when I’m bored. I cook when I’m procrastinating. I cook when I’m angry. And often times the urge to cook at midnight has occurred to me. Especially when it’s summer, and I don’t have to set an alarm clock. (I love being a teacher..this blog will get a lot more love now)
Chicken fingers from scratch were one of those things that were made around midnight. Because it’s usually late at night that you crave a crispy, juicy chicken tender with honey mustard a la your favorite greasy diner.
Making them is incredibly easy, and personally I think the secret to good tenders is really thin strips of chicken breast to begin with.
I cut a big chicken breast into thin ( greater than 1/4 in. and less than 1/2 in.) strips length wise. One breast yielded 6-7 strips.
It’s pretty simple from there. Dip in flour, dip in egg, roll around in panko breadcrumbs and then shallow fry (I use the spray stuff) for 2/3 minutes per side. I used a Kickin’ Chicken seasoning in the panko which gave it -just like the label promises- a good kick. (It’s got onion, garlic, spices, orange peel, etc.)
The funny part about this meal was that it was midnight. And I wasn’t even hungry. Just bored, and unable to sleep.
Ohwell, at least it will be a happy surprise in the morning.