Oct 12, 2010

Crispy Parmesan Chicken Fingers

Who doesn’t love a crispy, crunchy chicken finger.  Coated in bread crumbs and shredded parmesan cheese – with easy, homemade tomato sauce – these are so easy and delicious.   I will not lie – I had some difficulty with pan frying these, with the coating coming off in the pan.  So make sure you don’t overcrowd and that your oil is good and hot when you are ready to cook them.  But, believe me, they are worth it in the end.   And don’t skip out on the tomato sauce – it was the perfect compliment!  Enjoy!


  • 1/2 cup, plus 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 (14.5 oz.) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh basil, chopped
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup panko
  • 1 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1.5 lbs. chicken tenderloins


1. Heat 1 Tbsp. oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat until shimmering.  Add garlic and cook until fragrant (30 seconds). Stir in tomatoes and simmer until thickened, about 7 – 10 minutes.  Stir in basil and season with salt and pepper.  Cover and keep warm.

2. Spread flour in a shallow dish.  Beat eggs in a second shallow dish.  Combine cheese and panko in a third dish. 

3. Pat chicken dry with paper towels and season with salt and pepper.  One at a time, dredge in flour, dip in eggs and coat with panko mixture.

4. Heat 1/4 cup oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium heat until shimmering.  Cook half of chicken until golden brown on each side and center reaches 170 degrees F.  Place on paper towel lined plate.  Repeat with remaining oil and chicken.  

5. Serve chicken with marinara sauce.

Source: Americas Test Kitchen 30-minute Suppers, Summer 2010

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  1. Hi Christine. These look sooo crispy and yummy! Just found your blog through food blogs. You have some great recipes. And your wedding photos are amazing. Rushford is so cute!

    My blog is www.delectalicious.blogspot.com if you have time drop by and say hi.

  2. these tasted as good as they look.