Grainy Chicken Fingers with Lemon Dilly Dipping SaucePosted: August 3, 2014
Good morning! I apologize. I’ve been a little absent lately. There has been a lot happening over here; from completing our bathroom renos (we now have a brand new half bath on our 2nd floor – it’s wonderful!), and starting a new job, life’s just been a little out of hand lately. That doesn’t mean I haven’t been cooking though. It just means I now need to catch up on my posts for you all.
I made these chicken fingers the other day for a Whovian evening with my friend. We both chose our favourite episode of the Doctor, made a scrumptious dish, and spent the evening nerding out. These chicken fingers turned out waaaaay better than I anticipated.
To coat the fingers, I used Gold Forest Grain’s traditional rolled oats. a handful of pistachios, and sunflower seeds. All ingredients I had on hand and just decided, on a whim, to stick in the food processor together to create a chicken finger breading mixture. Then came the spices. I used seasoning salt, garlic & onion powder and paprika. My staples. Hmm!
I had let the chicken thaw overnight in the fridge, so it was still very moist when I cut it, not needing to do the extra step of having to coat the chicken in egg before breading the strips. If your chicken isn’t wet enough, I would recommend mixing up an egg and coating the chicken strips with it before breading the strips. The egg helps the crumbs bind with the chicken better. I doused the chicken in the breading mixture and placed it on a cookie sheet.
The dipping sauce was one of the simplest and tastiest I’ve made to date. 3 ingredients. That’s it. Yogurt, fresh dill, and lemon juice. Mix it all up and let it sit for a while to get the dill to seed out it’s awesomeness a little. The flavours complimented the chicken fingers so well, we both paused the doctor and went back for seconds!
My friend’s fabulous chickpea salad (recipe to come!) rounded off this fantastic meal. It was a great way to spend an evening. Great food, fantastic company and a shared interest in the awesomeness that is Doctor Who. (PS: Can’t WAIT for season 8!!)
Grainy Chicken Fingers with Lemon Dilly Dipping Sauce
You will need:
4 chicken breasts (thawed completely)
3/4 cup traditional rolled oats
1/4 cup pistachios, shelled
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
2 tsp seasoning salt
2 tsp each garlic & onion powder
2 tsp paprika
For the sauce:
1 cup plain yogurt
1/4 cup fresh dill
Preheat oven to 475. Begin by combining the oats, pistachios and sunflower seeds in your food processor. Pulse a few times to break them up. Transfer to a bowl. Add seasoning salt, garlic & onion powder and paprika. Stir evenly to combine. Slice your chicken into strips. If wet enough, coat with oat mixture evenly, one strip at a time and place on a greased baking sheet. If not wet enough, beat 2 eggs and transfer to a plate. Drench each chicken strip in egg before coating with the oat breading mixture. Once you’ve coated all your strips, pop them in the oven for approx 20 mins, until golden and crispy. Turn once throughout the cooking time.*
While the chicken fingers are cooking, roughly chop your dill and place in a bowl. Add your yogurt, then freshly squeeze lemon juice on top. Stir to combine. (You can also use prepared lemon juice. No biggie!)
*You can also make these on the BBQ if you do not want to heat up the house. (This is what I did.) follow all of the same steps, but take your cookie sheet outside and cook it on the BBQ instead. Don’t forget to turn the fingers so that they cook evenly.
Enjoy, on a great summer’s evening with friends or your family! 🙂