Crispy Baked Chicken Fingers Recipe

This baked chicken fingers recipe guarantees the most perfectly crispy chicken every single time! Chicken breasts are baked with a cornflake coating for an easy appetizer or main dish. Perfect for game day entertaining.

Close up of Crispy Baked Chicken Fingers on parchment

When it comes to game day entertaining, chicken fingers are always on my list! Here’s the good news, you can skip the frying but still have amazing crispy chicken!

How to Make This Crispy Baked Chicken Fingers Recipe

  • Preheat oven to 400F

  • Line a baking tray with parchment paper

  • Place cooling rack onto baking tray

  • Spray cooling rack with non-stick cooking spray and set aside

  • Cut chicken breast into strips and set aside in a large bowl.

  • In a medium sized mixing bowl add crushed cereal, flour, salt and pepper, paprika, sugar and parmesan

  • In a different medium sized mixing bowl add two eggs, whisked

  • Add chicken strips into the mixing bowl containing the whisked egg and mix. Make sure all chicken strips are coated in the egg mixture

  • One-by-one dip each chicken strip into the cereal mixture from the other bowl. Ensure chicken is fully coated in the mixture

  • Place chicken strips onto the cooling rack. Make sure none of them are touching and are evenly spread out

  • Bake for 20 minutes, until golden brown and cooked through

  • Enjoy!

Crispy Baked Chicken Fingers served in a board with dip

Coated chicken ready to eat

Cornflake Chicken Strip Recipe

The trick to getting these baked chicken fingers perfectly crispy is the cornflake coating. It’s a great way to add flavor and texture to the chicken without the need for frying. The ingredients in the chicken coating are:

  • Cornflakes
  • Flour
  • Egg
  • Salt and pepper
  • Sweet paprika
  • Parmesan

Once baked, the chicken strips are perfectly golden brown, juicy and crispy.

What do you serve with Crispy Baked Chicken Fingers?

These fingers can be served as a main or as an appetizer. Serve as a main with salad, veggies or a potato side dish. For an appetizer, I like to serve them with a selection of dips like;

Chicken fingers served with a creamy dip

Chicken strips served on a board

What’s the best chicken to use for chicken fingers?

I like to use chicken breast for this recipe, you simply need to cut it into strips before breading it. You can also use chicken tenders if you can get them and they can be slightly ore expensive. Use chicken that i free run / organic if you can and one that hasn’t been raised on antibiotics.

Top Tips To Make Crispy Baked Chicken Fingers

  • Be sure to spray your rack with cooking oil so the chicken doesn’t stick.
  • When dredging the chicken, try and keep one hand wet and one dry so you don’t get to messy.
  • When placing the chicken fingers on the rack, make sure that they aren’t touching.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy!

A chicken finger being dipped into a creamy sauce

Close up of a stripped being dipped into sauce

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