One of the most popular kid-friendly foods gets jazzed up with a honey-roasted peanut coating and a Maple Dijon dipping sauce. Extra crunchy and delicious!
This Peanut-Crusted Chicken Finger recipe (I’ve altered it some) is from one of my favorite southern cookbooks published last year, The Southern Pantry Cookbook: 105 Recipes Already Hiding in Your Kitchen.
Chicken Fingers can seem a little bland, but not when coated in a mixture of crushed peanuts and panko crumbs and served with a maple-mustard dipping sauce.
I’ve used Honey-Roasted Peanuts for a little extra flavor but you can also use regular roasted peanuts. The peanuts and panko crumbs are processed in a food processor until finely ground, making them adhere to the chicken better. The addition of a little cayenne pepper spices them up some.
The Peanut Crusted Chicken Fingers are fried in vegetable oil until golden and crispy and then placed in the oven until they are cooked through.
Just three ingredients- mayo, maple syrup, and Dijon mustard, make a simple but delicious sauce.
The peanuts give these chicken fingers a lot of extra flavor and crunch. They’ll be just as popular with adults as they are with kids.
Chicken Fingers never tasted so good!
I think these Peanut Crusted Chicken Fingers would also be fabulous on a salad with Honey Mustard Dressing.
- In a small bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, mustard, and maple syrup. Season with salt and pepper. Refrigerate until needed.
- Cut each chicken breast lengthwise into 4-5 pieces. Season with salt and pepper.
- Place panko crumbs, peanuts, and cayenne pepper in a food processor and process until finely ground. Pour into a shallow bowl or pie pan.
- Place flour in another shallow bowl or pie pan. Season generously with salt and pepper.
- Place eggs in a shallow bowl.
- Coat each chicken piece in flour, dip in eggs, and then coat in peanut mixture, pressing to coat well. Place strips on a baking sheet.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Pour 1-2 inches oil in a Dutch oven and heat oil to 375 degrees.
- Working in batches, fry strips until golden brown, about 3 minutes on each side. Place on baking sheet.
- Bake chicken strips for 10 to 15 minutes, or until cooked through.
- Serve with dipping sauce.
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Recipe Source: adapted from The Southern Pantry Cookbook: 105 Recipes Already Hiding in Your Kitchen
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