Monday, January 7, 2013

Healthy Baked Chicken Fingers

One of my goals this year is to make sure we have peaceful family dinners where both kids stay in their seats and eat whatever I serve (good luck, right?!). 

A typical family dinner up until now involves my 2 1/2 year old running laps around the kitchen island and my 5 year old whining that he doesn't want to eat what I've made and asking me about different scenarios: "What will you do if I take a bite and throw up everywhere?" "Would you be sad if I ate this meal and it was so gross that I fainted and hit my head really hard on the ground and started bleeding everywhere?""If I take one bite, will you give me dessert and buy me a Furby?". You get the idea. 

I have attempted this before, but my patience runs out after a few days and I give up and turn back into a short order cook. But NOT THIS TIME!  I am trying to make meals that are healthy, but the kids will still be willing to eat. We are about a week in and things are going pretty well (knock on wood). One of the most well-received main courses was this recipe for healthy, baked chicken fingers.



  • 1 lb. Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts (cut into chicken finger shapes) or Chicken Tenderloins
  • 1 Cup Panko Bread Crumbs
  • 1/2 Cup Rolled Oats
  • 1 T Parsley
  • 1/2 T Oregano
  • 1/3 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/3 tsp Salt
  • Fresh Ground Black Pepper
  • 1/2 Cup Milk
  • 1 T Dijon Mustard
  • Optional: you can also add crushed almonds or pecans to bread crumb mixture
  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  • Line baking sheet with foil and lightly spray with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Mix together milk and dijon mustard in a bowl and set aside.
  • Mix remaining ingredients (except chicken) in another bowl or shallow dish.
  • Dip chicken pieces in milk mixture, then roll in bread crumb mixture.
  • Place coated chicken pieces onto foil-lined baking sheet.
  • Bake at 450 for approximately 20 minutes, or until chicken fully cooked and no longer pink in the center.

Bon Appetit!


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  1. These look delicious. Thanks for the recipe. Just hang in there with the kids. Stick to your guns and they will come around when they see that you are serious and not going to give in. My 3 boys were the same and when they realized that dinner was dinner and that if they didn't want to eat it they would get hungry real fast. Plus, I told them I didn't make disgusting food and I worked hard at making things they liked.

    1. Thanks Kris. My son actually ate salad tonight! It is going to be a long haul, but we're getting there!

  2. haven't ever seen a recipe for chicken with oats! Looks delish!