Crispy Chicken Strips

Tonight was one of our few evenings at home without any activities to run to after school. It was so nice to bring the boys home after school and get homework done without rushing. They even had time to play before it got too dark outside. That is definitely a drawback to this time of year - loss of daylight! I find it so hard to get motivated to do too much when we get home and it's already dark outside. Maybe that's why I dread the end of summer so much.

Since I had a slightly more leisurely evening, I thought tonight would be a good time to continue on my mission to find a way to make the perfect crispy chicken strips. The recipe I came up with tonight is definitely a winner all the way around our dinner table. Panko bread crumbs really make these chicken strips nice and crispy without having to fry them up.

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I served the chicken strips with a simple side dish of sauteed asparagus tossed with pasta and a bit of butter. My boys have a preference for buttered noodles, so I figured that might entice them into touching the asparagus as well. My Oldest dug in and never looked back. My Youngest, opted just for the pasta. He did try the asparagus, and I imagine he'll get to where he enjoys it eventually if I keep trying.

Panko chicken2

Looking for some other kid-friendly weeknight meals? Check out these recipes:

One of my favorite bloggers, Jenny at Picky Palate has made what looks like the most amazing Mac & Cheese. Total comfort food! What kid (or adult) could resist it?
Mary at One Perfect Bite is a newer blogger, but you wouldn't know it by the incredible recipes she shares over there! Her One Pan Teriyaki Chicken sounds perfect for a weeknight meal and I know that it would go over well with my kids!
Susan at Sticky, Gooey, Creamy, Chewy not only makes treats that will delight you, but also delicious meals as well. Using a premade pizza crust, she made Pizza Margherita which is one of my favorite pizzas! You could so easily make pizza to accomodate each member of the family.

Crispy Panko Breaded Chicken Strips
Source: Patsyk

1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons onion powder
2 teaspoons paprika
2 eggs
2 tablespoons honey
8 ounces Panko bread crumbs (Italian seasoned if you can find it, if not add about 2 tablespoons Italian seasoning)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cover a baking pan with aluminum foil to make clean-up quick and easy.

Combine flour, onion powder and paprika in a shallow dish. In a second shallow dish, beat 2 eggs, then add honey and stir to combine. In a third shallow dish, add the panko bread crumbs and Italian seasoning, if using it). Dip the chicken strips first, in the flour mixture, then the eggs and finally in the panko bread crumbs. Make sure to press the crumbs into the chicken in order to ensure they adhere to the chicken.

Please all chicken strips on prepared baking pan, then spray each strip with cooking spray. Bake for about 20 minutes or until done.

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That Girl said…
I am so making crispy chicken later this week - but using a total different coating that's top secret.
I love how these are bakes but look so crispy.
Finla said…
Wow you baked them.
Looks so delicious, i am sure my daughter will love this actually i think all of us would love it.
Patsyk said…
that girl - can't wait to see what you make and what coating you use!

Lisa - that's what I love about using panko bread crumbs! Crispy w/o frying!

happy cook - do give them a try and let me know what your daughter thinks of them if you do!
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Jenny said…
Yum Patsy! Your crispy chicken would be fantastic with a side of Artisanal's mac and cheese! Great recipe and thanks for the shout out! Have a great day.
Deborah said…
I love using Panko! Sounds like a perfect weeknight meal.
Sandy Smith said…
This looks so yummy - I know my kids would love it. Have to pick up some panko! Thanks for the recipe!
Veronica said…
Those chicken strips look like they are fried..chicken seems to be one of the few foods all my kids will agree on!
RecipeGirl said…
My little one asks me to make panko chicken strips quite often. I know what you mean about relaxing after-school time... I love those days!
Anonymous said…
They really turned out wonderfully!!! Do you make your own panko (I surely do not)..gosh you would like me living in Japan I would have a bag in the friggie.. that is non existent as much as food these days.. it is dinner time here, I am awfully too lazy to cook and I can smell a culinary delight cooking and I wish I could virtually jump over and take a bit of those crunchy tenders..
Tanya said…
My Sam is a big fan of chicken fingers and will love these!
Prudy said…
Oh yummy! I love using panko for chicken strips. Thanks for all the good kid friendly links too.
Thistlemoon said…
Those look so great! I love the coating and how crispy it is!
Chou said…
Chicken strips make my day. I haven't made them for ages, but that should change. Soon.
La Bella Cooks said…
I love using panko and baking the chicken sounds even better. I would even be able to get my kids to eat these!
Sara said…
These look great, I love baked chicken strips. I adapted an Emeril recipe of cashed crusted chicken fingers from fried to baked.
Aggie said…
Love your version of crispy chicken strips! I just bought a bag of frozen chicken tenders and will have to put this together for dinner next week...sounds delish! Love using panko!

Thanks for stopping by my blog! :)
Anonymous said…
My boys would love this meal! Two of their favorites. YUM!
SteamyKitchen said…
I love that you baked them instead of frying!
Susan @ SGCC said…
Don't you just love panko crumbs? I use them all the time. They're perfect in those chicken strips. My family would love them!

I'm so happy that you liked my pizza. That refrigerator crust is so convenient and really tasty!
Patsyk said…
Panko crumbs are truly my FAVORITE! They really make the difference if you don't want to fry them up... they still turn out so nice and crispy!
Ashley said…
This sounds awesome! I love the idea of having honey in there! I'm looking forward to trying this one :)
Cait said…
Hi! I found this post by searching for chicken w/Panko breading and I'm happy I did! Great recipe - thanks for posting.

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