Crispy Oven Fried Chicken Fingers

These Oven Fried Chicken Fingers were inspired by the Shake ‘n’ Bake style chicken my Mom made when I was a kid.  She’d get a bunch of bone-in chicken pieces, coat them in a mixture of crushed saltines, flour and spices and bake them, all topped with a pat of butter.  I hadn’t had that chicken in ages and wanted to resurrect it. The Recipe Testing Process For the initial test of this recipe, I stuck pretty close to Mom’s recipe.  But, I wanted to increase the crispy factor and add a bit more savory flavor.  Instead of regular wheat flour, I went with cornmeal.  I also added in some shredded parmesan that I had on hand and some fresh rosemary.  After a few more tweaks, we hit crispy chicken finger gold! I did find that I liked these best when I didn’t crush up the coating mixture too much.  On one test, I blended it in the blender, making it a finer consistency.  But, it lacked the crunch and texture after it was cooked up.  I find that just smashing everything together in a bowl with your hands worked best for my taste. Another recommendation, if you’re planning to … Continue reading Crispy Oven Fried Chicken Fingers