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Crispy homemade chicken fingers are even better than your favorite restaurant! You can bake, fry, or air fryer your chicken fingers to make them exactly to your liking. This 30 minute meal is going to be a huge hit!

A hand dunking a homemade chicken finger into ketchup.

It doesn’t matter how old we get, chicken fingers are still one of our favorite foods. Sure, it may seem like kid food, but we are here to assure you that kid food or not, these are pretty darn delicious. Our taste buds may have changed and refined a bit over the years, but not when it comes to crispy chicken. We love to dip this in our favorite sauces and bake up some fries on the side. The best part? No one in The Stay At Home Chef house complains when serving chicken fingers for dinner. Both you and your kids are going to love this one!

Chicken Options

You can use chicken breasts or chicken tenders for this recipe. If you are using chicken breasts make sure to cut them into 1 inch strips.

Egg Substitute:

The egg in this recipe helps to bind the flour on the chicken to the bread crumbs. If needed, you can substitute with heavy cream or melted butter. Make sure to coat your chicken completely so the bread crumbs will stick. 

Gluten Free Options: 

If you would like to make this recipe gluten free, you will need to substitute cornstarch for the all-purpose flour, and use your favorite gluten-free breadcrumbs.

Freezer Instructions: 

We love to keep these on hand in the freezer for easy weeknight meals. After completely coating your chicken, freeze on a baking sheet before then transferring to a freezer-safe airtight container. Freeze for up to 3 months. Do not attempt to fry frozen chicken fingers. Cook in the oven only at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 25-30 minutes, or until completely cooked through. Use a meat thermometer for precise cook times.

Air Fryer Instructions:

  • Preheat air fryer to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Prepare chicken as you would to fry. Then place chicken on tray, spray with cooking oil and cook 5-6 minutes on each side, (10-12 minutes total) until the chicken is cooked through and crispy and golden on the outside. 
  • Work in batches so that you don’t crowd the air fryer.
Overhead view of crispy homemade chicken fingers.

Storage and Reheating Instructions:

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Reheat in an oven preheated to 350 degrees until warmed through.

If you like this recipe, you may be interested in these other delicious chicken recipes:

Watch the video below where Caytlin will walk you through every step of this recipe. Sometimes it helps to have a visual, and we’ve always got you covered with our cooking show. You can find the complete collection of recipes on YouTube, Facebook Watch, or our Facebook Page, or right here on our website with their corresponding recipes.

Crispy Homemade Chicken Fingers
Servings

4 people

Close up view of homemade chicken fingers.
Crispy homemade chicken fingers are even better than your favorite restaurant! You can bake, fry, or air fryer your chicken fingers to make them exactly to your liking. This 30 minute meal is going to be a huge hit!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Ingredients

Chicken Strips

  • 1 1/2 – 2 pounds chicken tenders trimmed of fat
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour divided
  • 1/2 cup plain bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 cup butter melted, for baked method
  • Vegetable oil for frying, about 2 inches
Instructions

Frying Instructions:

  • Add in about 2 inches of oil to a deep skillet. Heat over medium heat until oil reaches 350-375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • In a shallow dish or pie plate, add in 1/2 cup flour. In a separate dish, beat together egg and milk. In a 3rd dish, combine 1/2 cup breadcrumbs, 1 cup flour, salt, garlic powder, pepper, and paprika.
  • Working one at a time, dip chicken tenders into the plain flour and shake off excess. Then dip into the egg mixture, and then into the breadcrumb/flour mixture. Make sure to coat thoroughly. Place on prepared baking sheet, leaving a small amount of space between each strip.
  • Place about 3-4 strips into the preheated oil and fry for about 3-4 minutes until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Work in batches to not crowd the pan until all are fried. Place on a paper towel lined plate or baking sheet to let excess oil drain off.
  • Serve chicken strips hot with dipping sauce.
Notes

Baking Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  2. In a shallow dish or pie plate, add in 1/2 cup flour. In a separate dish, beat together egg and milk. In a 3rd dish, combine 1/2 cup breadcrumbs, 1 cup flour, salt, garlic powder, pepper, and paprika.
  3. Working one at a time, dip chicken tenders into the plain flour and shake off excess. Then dip into the egg mixture, and then into the breadcrumb/flour mixture. Make sure to coat thoroughly. Place on prepared baking sheet, leaving a small amount of space between each strip.
  4. Drizzle with melted butter and bake for 20 minutes in the preheated oven.
  5. Ensure chicken is cooked to a safe internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

Air Fryer Instructions:

  1. Preheat air fryer to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Prepare chicken as you would to fry. Then place chicken on tray, spray with cooking oil and cook 5-6 minutes on each side, (10-12 minutes total) until the chicken is cooked through and crispy and golden on the outside. 
  3. Work in batches so that you don’t crowd the air fryer.

Nutrition

Calories: 646kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 45g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 217mg | Sodium: 1102mg | Potassium: 754mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 964IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 65mg | Iron: 4mg
Course: Appetizer, Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chicken Fingers
Crispy Homemade Chicken Fingers
Crispy Homemade Chicken Fingers
Servings

4 people

Close up view of homemade chicken fingers.
Crispy homemade chicken fingers are even better than your favorite restaurant! You can bake, fry, or air fryer your chicken fingers to make them exactly to your liking. This 30 minute meal is going to be a huge hit!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Ingredients

Chicken Strips

  • 1 1/2 - 2 pounds chicken tenders trimmed of fat
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour divided
  • 1/2 cup plain bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 cup butter melted, for baked method
  • Vegetable oil for frying, about 2 inches
Instructions

Frying Instructions:

  • Add in about 2 inches of oil to a deep skillet. Heat over medium heat until oil reaches 350-375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • In a shallow dish or pie plate, add in 1/2 cup flour. In a separate dish, beat together egg and milk. In a 3rd dish, combine 1/2 cup breadcrumbs, 1 cup flour, salt, garlic powder, pepper, and paprika.
  • Working one at a time, dip chicken tenders into the plain flour and shake off excess. Then dip into the egg mixture, and then into the breadcrumb/flour mixture. Make sure to coat thoroughly. Place on prepared baking sheet, leaving a small amount of space between each strip.
  • Place about 3-4 strips into the preheated oil and fry for about 3-4 minutes until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Work in batches to not crowd the pan until all are fried. Place on a paper towel lined plate or baking sheet to let excess oil drain off.
  • Serve chicken strips hot with dipping sauce.
Notes

Baking Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  2. In a shallow dish or pie plate, add in 1/2 cup flour. In a separate dish, beat together egg and milk. In a 3rd dish, combine 1/2 cup breadcrumbs, 1 cup flour, salt, garlic powder, pepper, and paprika.
  3. Working one at a time, dip chicken tenders into the plain flour and shake off excess. Then dip into the egg mixture, and then into the breadcrumb/flour mixture. Make sure to coat thoroughly. Place on prepared baking sheet, leaving a small amount of space between each strip.
  4. Drizzle with melted butter and bake for 20 minutes in the preheated oven.
  5. Ensure chicken is cooked to a safe internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

Air Fryer Instructions:

  1. Preheat air fryer to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Prepare chicken as you would to fry. Then place chicken on tray, spray with cooking oil and cook 5-6 minutes on each side, (10-12 minutes total) until the chicken is cooked through and crispy and golden on the outside. 
  3. Work in batches so that you don't crowd the air fryer.

Nutrition

Calories: 646kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 45g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 217mg | Sodium: 1102mg | Potassium: 754mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 964IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 65mg | Iron: 4mg
Course: Appetizer, Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chicken Fingers
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