This is a great recipe, easy to cook, healthy and easy on the wallet too! These home-style chicken strips are similar to the ones you get at KFC but healthier and definitely cheaper. So buy a whole chicken and take out the meat from the breasts to have two boneless breasts. I don’t use the skin, as it is really fattening. Use around 1 lb. of boneless breast meat thus taken.
Time taken: Preparation time: 10 minutes
Baking time: 20 minutes
Marinating time for chicken: Minimum 4 hours (preferably overnight)
1 lb. boneless chicken breasts cut into thin strips after pounding lightly with a mallet or rolling pin
1 cup buttermilk for marinating
½ tsp. salt
½ tsp. fresh coarsely ground pepper
For the coating:
2 cups Bread crumbs (I prepare mine fresh by using whole wheat bread around 4-6 slices. You can use leftover bread too and just use a blender to make these)
½ tsp. cayenne
Salt to taste
½ tsp. Any fresh herb chopped fine (cilantro, parsley, or thyme)
A little oil
Marinate the chicken pounded and cut in thin strips in buttermilk, salt and pepper overnight in the fridge. Buttermilk makes the chicken stay juicy and tender. Break the eggs and mildly beat them in a shallow dish. Make the bread crumbs and season them with the ingredients mentioned above in another shallow dish.
Now take out each strip and lightly tap off the extra buttermilk. Dunk in the egg mixture followed by the bread crumbs and keep on an oiled baking tray. Use one hand for the dipping and keep one hand clean, or you will spend all your time washing your hands. Continue this for all the strips till the baking tray is covered.
Bake them in a pre-heated oven at 400 degrees F for 10 minutes till the crust is golden brown. Turn once and cook further for 10 minutes so that each side is browned evenly and the chicken is well cooked. Serve them hot with ketchup or any other dip of your choice and a side of salad.
They are juicy, yummy and very healthy compared to the fried chicken that we normally eat out. They are prepared fresh at a fraction of cost of what you would spend eating out, and they are really tasty. Try it today!
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