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Peanut Crusted Chicken Fingers

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!

Peanut Crusted Chicken Fingers with Honey Maple Sauce

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.

Peanut Crusted Chicken Fingers with Honey Maple 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.

Peanut Crusted Chicken Fingers

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.

Peanut Crusted Chicken Fingers with Honey Maple Sauce

Just three ingredients- mayo, maple syrup, and Dijon mustard, make a simple but delicious sauce.

Peanut Crusted Chicken Fingers with Honey Maple 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.

Peanut Crusted Chicken Fingers with Honey Maple Sauce

Chicken Fingers never tasted so good!

I think these Peanut Crusted Chicken Fingers would also be fabulous on a salad with Honey Mustard Dressing.

Peanut Crusted Chicken Fingers with Honey Maple Sauce

Peanut Crusted Chicken Fingers with Honey Maple Sauce

Peanut Crusted Chicken Fingers

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!
PREP: 30 mins
COOK: 15 mins
TOTAL: 45 mins
SERVINGS: 4

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • salt and pepper
  • 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 1/2 cups panko bread crumbs
  • 1 cup honey roasted peanuts
  • 1/4 heaping teasoon cayenne pepper
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • Vegetable oil

Instructions

  • 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.

Nutrition

Calories: 586kcal
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Southern

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27 thoughts on “Peanut Crusted Chicken Fingers”

  1. Made these last night for dinner (without the sauce) and everyone genuinely enjoyed them. I just used plain roasted peanuts instead of the honey ones and accidentally burnt them a bit (oops), but other than that they were really good! I’ll probably add a bit more cayenne next time for a spicier taste.

  2. Beth @ bethcakes

    Oh, these chicken fingers look so good! I love that you added some spice in there too. These are such a fun twist on regular chicken fingers!

  3. Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor

    We love to make chicken fingers at home and I am always looking for a new recipe. That dipping sauce sounds amazing too! Can’t wait to try these!

  4. Sarah@Whole and Heavenly Oven

    Something tells me that this chicken would definitely be a HUGE hit in this house! I absolutely love the idea of putting honey-roasted peanuts in with the panko breading! These look so perfectly golden and crispy!

  5. Shashi at Runninsrilankan

    Panko and peanut crusted chicken??? Oh heavens, Christin I am drooling all over myself here! I recently made some almond crusted chicken – but did not even think of adding panko – these look insanely delicious!

  6. Bam's Kitchen

    Love this idea! Nuts and panko bread crumbs sounds really delicious. I know my boys will be all about those!!! I am really glad to see that you baked them instead of fried them so I would love them too.

  7. Chicken fingers are my son’s favorite! I love that you coated them with a honey-roasted peanut and panko crust – that’s a fantastic idea! Especially love the cayenne pepper too!

  8. I’ve never had chicken fingers with peanuts for the coating, but it sounds amazing! I love how crunchy these look too.

  9. This is such a smart idea! I can just imagine how flavorful this would be. We’d all love this at our house!

  10. Ashley | The Recipe Rebel

    There’s nothing like a good chicken finger recipe! Love how unique this one is with the ground peanuts and the maple in the sauce!

  11. Stephanie @ Plain Chicken

    These look amazing. I love all the flavors in the chicken fingers and sauce. I can not wait to try this! *pinned*

  12. Kristine @ Kristine's Kitchen

    These chicken fingers look deliciously crunchy! I love that you used honey roasted peanuts. I have to try maple-mustard dipping sauce! I make honey-mustard sauce all the time but have never tried it with maple!

  13. It doesn’t get much better than spiced up, crispy chicken fingers! This is such a great appetizer, and I love that panko coating! 🙂

  14. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    I’ve never had a peanut coating on chicken before! This sounds delicious! What a fun way to jazz up some chicken. Pinned!

  15. Jocelyn (Grandbaby cakes)

    I love how you spiced up chicken fingers. The peanut crust with the panko is genius. Pinned.

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