This recipe was originally posted in October of 2011 and since it's such a fabulous meal for families I thought bringing it to the forefront with an update was in order as well as new pics!
I love fried foods just like the next girl, BUT I do not like the calories, or unhealthy consequences that comes with it. Unfortunately, my family loves anything fried, chicken, fish, you name it, they will eat it as long as its crispy, its all delicious to them.
Of course its certainly about balance and on occasion its fine to indulge in some fried food every once in awhile, but weekly or daily for that matter and you will get yourself into trouble. Mostly because your taste buds will only really desire those things in that unhealthy fat, all other healthy, baked foods will pale to compare and you won't be satisfied.
If you are reading this blog, its most likely because you desire to eat healthier, desire better habits, you may want to lose weight, but you most certainly want to provide the best nutrition for yourself and your family. I know I do. For me its not just about maintaining a healthy weight, I want a healthy heart and to live a long life. I want my children to desire healthy habits and nutritious foods more often than not.
My goal lately for our family is to not have to make any separate meals, I want us to eat the same thing on most nights. To try to appease their taste buds I came up with this recipe and they DEVOURED it! To make the chicken a bit more crispy after it baked, I put it under the broiler for 5 minutes. You can put it in for longer if you want it more crispy. I added some homemade potato fries and a vegetable and there we no left overs!
Happy Family = Happy Mom!
Served here with my Homemade Honey Mustard Sauce!
I kept the old pics just for a laugh, as they are quite laughable!
VERY OLD PIC!
My original recipe added oat bran but I adapted it to exclude it as many have found it hard to find so I increased the flaxseed instead. You can also substitute whole wheat bread crumbs instead of gluten free if desired. I found that the 3 eggs in the original recipe were not needed as I had much left over after dipping all the chicken. Serve with my Honey Mustard Sauce!
Healthy Baked Chicken Fingers
- 4 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips
- ½ cup flax seed ground
- ½ cup Gluten Free bread crumbs
- ¼ cup Parmesan cheese
- 2 teaspoons dried Italian seasoning
- 2 teaspoons garlic salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 2 eggs
- ¼ cup lemon juice
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a shallow bowl combine the dry ingredients with the spices and set aside.
- In another shallow bowl whisk the eggs with the lemon juice.
- One strip at a time, dip chicken in the egg mixture, then the dry mixture and place on a cooling rack over an aluminum foil lined baking sheet.
- Bake for 30 minutes until golden brown.
- Place under broiler for 5 minutes to get them crispy if desired!