Introduction: Crispy Moist Chicken Fingers With Breaded Fries and Sauce

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Raised in the South West I grew up on fried food. When I married and moved away, I quit making it. I guess I did not like cleaning the stove top. But, every once in a while  . . .  I will crave fried chicken or french fries. A few years ago I stayed with my daughter for a few months to help her out. It was the first time I had ever heard of fried turkey! My reaction was not good, let me tell you. My son-in-law decided he wanted to give fried turkey a try so that year we made fried turkey. It was delicious!

My grandson's girlfriend gave me her mom's recipe for chicken fingers. My family was always begging me to make them. I made them at least once a week. I changed up the original recipe because I wanted a little more texture. As it turned out these are better than the original recipe using flour. These were extra crispy on the outside and moist in the center. Instead of frying them in regular oil I used peanut oil, which may have contributed to the crispiness. I was thinking the fried turkey was so good why not use peanut oil for the chicken fingers. Follow through and let's make some chicken fingers with battered french fries and sweet and sour sauce. 

Step 1: Ingredients

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Chicken:
4 or 5 Chicken breasts
1 Cup buttermilk
1 / 1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs
2 Beaten eggs
1 Cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt 
Peanut oil
Paper towels and wooden spoon
 
Sweet and sour sauce modified from Jessie's sauce  https://www.instructables.com/id/Sweet-and-Sour-Chicken/:
 
1/8 Cup Lemon juice
1/8 Cup Orange juice
1/4 Cup ketchup
1/4 Cup white vinegar
1 Tablespoon sweetener, sugar, or honey or more
1/4 - 1/2 Teaspoon hot mustard from breaded french fry recipe below
2 Garlic cloves or you can use garlic salt or powder
1/2 Chopped yellow, red, and orange bell pepper
1/4 Cup chopped onion I used red
1 Tablespoon cornstarch
Sesame seeds
Parsley and bell pepper garnish
 
I wanted to make some breaded french fries so I just tried a recipe online here: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20090127095431AAv4Yvh

2 1/2 pounds peeled Russet potatoes 
1 Cup flour 
1 teaspoon garlic powder she used garlic salt
1 teaspoon onion powder she used onion salt
1 teaspoon sea salt
2- 4 teaspoons Paprika she used 1 teaspoon, I wanted mine spicier 
Peanut oil
1/4 teaspoon hot mustard recipe that I found online on a discussion board if I recall.
 
aofsletten says:
My recipe calls for mustard powder (whatever size container is available), a pinch of sugar and a pinch of salt, boiling water, (enough to make a paste) and a bit of oil to keep the mustard from becoming cement. I have been using this recipe for a long time. It is hotter than the Chinese mustards found commercially.(I've been accused of putting horseradish in it) It should satisfy your desire for Hot. Enjoy!.

Some recipes call for dry mustard, cold water and salt and other recipes add vinegar and oil.  Many different variations available.
 



 

Step 2: Marinade Chicken

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Cut the chicken breast into strips.
Marinade in buttermilk in a covered container overnight in the refrigerator.

Step 3: Batter Chicken

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Add pinch of salt to the flour and mix well.
Dip the chicken strips into the flour.
Then dip them into the beaten egg mixture.
Then dip them into the Panko bread crumbs.
Place them on a cookie sheet and stick them in the freezer for at least 30 - but no longer than 45 minutes.
The idea is to stabilize the strips by slightly freezing the outside.
While they are freezing you can make the sweet and sour sauce in the next step.


 

Step 4: Sweet and Sour Sauce

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It has been ages since I have made my chicken finger recipe and I could not find my sweet and sour sauce recipe (we are in the middle of remodeling) so I used Jessie's and modified it a bit. 

Wash the bell peppers, remove membrane, seeds and dice.
Juice lemon and orange.
Measure ketchup, vinegar, sweetener, hot mustard and mix together with the juice.
Put the cornstarch into a small dish and make a paste using some of this mixture.
Add the paste to the ketchup mixture and mix well.
Dice onion and mince garlic.
Saute peppers, garlic and onions in oil.
Add the cooked pepper mixture to the ketchup sauce.
Cook on medium heat until it begins to thicken.
Remove from heat and put in a serving dish topped with sesame seeds.
 

Step 5: Fry

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Remove the chicken from the freezer.
Heat the peanut oil on medium high heat.
When you can see the bubbles form on a wooden spoon, it is hot enough to start the chicken.
Turn down the heat if needed.
Place several pieces of the chicken strips in the pan so the pieces are not touching each other.
Fry on each side until golden brown.
Continue until all the chicken strips are fried
Place on a paper towel to drain off excess oil.

Step 6: Breaded French Fries

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Peel and wash the potatoes.
Place them into a bowl of water.
Set them in the refrigerator over night. 
Drain off the water.
Slice potatoes into strips.
Add the seasonings to the flour.
Dip the potatoes into the flour and place them on a plate.
Heat the peanut oil until hot.
Place a few of the potatoes loosely into the oil.
Cook until golden brown.
Add a few more potatoes to the oil and repeat until all the potatoes are fried.
Place them on a paper towel to absorb the excess oil.
Sprinkle with paprika.
 
This recipe is so crispy! You could season them using a variety of seasonings. 


 

Step 7: Sunshiine's Final Thoughts

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Instructables always challenges me to experiment and create something new. Now I have a new favorite chicken finger recipe that will surely make my kids scream MAKE MORE MOM! I can't wait to make this for them. My daughter's family loves me to visit because I do all the cooking. My daughter does not like to cook. My son on the other hand has taken cooking classes and he enjoys cooking. When I visit him, he cooks for me! 

I wish to thank instructables, our sponsors, authors, and loyal readers for making this a great place to share! 
Thanks for viewing and may your day shine!

sunshiine

Comments

Murphy_Jay (author)2013-09-10

ok thank you. I'll definitely be trying this soon

Murphy_Jay (author)2013-09-10

ok thank you. I'll definitely be trying this soon

Murphy_Jay (author)2013-09-10

Wow these look amazing, but do you have to use peanut oil or will any oil do?

sunshiine (author)Murphy_Jay2013-09-10

Any oil will work! Thanks for asking and have a splendorous day.
sunshiine

scoochmaroo (author)2013-03-16

Wow these look good. Next time, I'm coming over!

sunshiine (author)scoochmaroo2013-03-16

You are always a welcomed guest! I am so happy to see your smiling face! Today I am cooking up something very different so please stop in again maybe tomorrow! You and Jessy don't know it, but you have challenged me to get better, so I hope (LOL) this next one will blow you away! If not . . . . I have more in the making LOL! Have a Happy Spring Yay, winter is gone and 70 degree days are back, trees are blooming and the sun is shining! I am a happy girl!
sunshiine

papercrafter408 (author)2013-03-10

i wish i could cook... BECAUSE THIS LOOKS AMAZING!!!

It is worth it to try! This is a fairly easy recipe. Cook small batches for practice and before long you will be a pro! Thanks for stopping by and commenting! Do have a splendorous day!
sunshiine

bajablue (author)2013-02-18

Looks yummy! lol... I'd eat anything fried!!!

sunshiine (author)bajablue2013-02-18

Thanks bajablue! I am so excited that instructables pushes us to create create create! We learn a lot huh? Have a beautiful day!
sunshiine

M.C. Langer (author)2013-02-18

STOP! NO MORE FOOD INSTRUCTABLES FROM YOU!!! Because every time I see those, I get very hungry. Absolutely delicious!!!! I WANT CHICKEN FINGERS!!!!! :-)

sunshiine (author)M.C. Langer2013-02-18

But ... hubby is hungry! Thanks for stopping by as always!
sunshiine

Jayefuu (author)2013-02-18

These look delicious Sunshiine.

sunshiine (author)Jayefuu2013-02-18

I have plenty . . .Come on over they are still hot!

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