June 01, 2009

Oven "Fried" Chicken Strips

My mom used to make oven "fried" chicken for us when we were kids. I just put a little spin on it, making it into chicken strips rather than whole chicken breasts. This is a great healthy alternative to the fast food or even store bought chicken nuggets - where you don't know what part of chicken you are eating.

Oven "Fried" Chicken

In a Ziplock Bag mix cornflakes and your favorite seasonings. I added dried parsley, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and a dash of cayenne. Seal the bag and whack away - kids love to help at this part!
You could also add parmesan cheese, onion powder, curry powder, cumin, or whatever flavor you are in the mood for.

Prepare your assembly line - egg wash, corn flake mixture, chicken breasts cut into strips, and a cookie sheet with a cooling rack inside.
Wipe the chicken with a paper towel to make sure the wet mixture sticks well. Dip into egg wash, cornflakes, and then onto the cookie sheet.
The egg wash is just a couple eggs with some milk, salt, and pepper. You could add hot sauce if you wanted it to be more spicy. You could replace the egg wash with plain yogurt or milk alone if you wanted to cut the calories.

Place on cookie sheet and put in a 400 degree oven for 6-10 minutes or until cooked through. By placing on the rack the air gets all around the chicken. No need for flipping. If you don't have one, line the cookie sheet with parchment paper and flip the chicken half way through.
I ran out of corn flakes and decided to compare it with a bread crumb mixture - same technique just replaced the cornflakes with bread crumbs. (Every other row seen above is bread crumbs.)
You can spray with a little cooking spray for a more browned color.
Eat before someone else does! Great with your favorite dipping sauce - honey mustard, BBQ sauce, ranch dressing, or honey.

This is the bread crumb mixture.

This is the cornflake mixture. My verdict? The original was much better. The bread crumb mixture needed something a little more - we will see what we can do with it.

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