Happy Wednesday! Hope today has been good. I’m currently still on a stay-cation. Waiting on my patio furniture lol. What’s a girl gotta do to get some patio furniture, sheesh. I was supposed to receive it yesterday and today but it keeps getting rescheduled by UPS. Here’s hoping it gets here tomorrow. I’m just trying to enjoy the rest of my summer in my backyard. 2020 is definitely different. Today’s recipe is whole30/paleo oven-baked chicken fingers with date/dijon mustard.
Sauce: The sauce is made with dates that have been softened in hot water then blended with the water, add lemon juice, spices, dijon mustard, and olive oil. It comes out tasting like dijon honey mustard. Honey is not compliant with the Whole30 program. Kick it up a notch by adding compliant sriracha. Whats chicken fingers without the sauce.
Marinade and Coating: The chicken is first marinated in a buffalo and nut milk marinade, marinating help to soak up the flavor. After marinating, the chicken is then dipped in egg. The egg helps the coating get a thicker crust, makes it more stable so it does come off when you pan fry. the coating is a mixture of arrowroot starch, compliant parmesan cheese (dairy-free and made with cashews), and spices. The parmesan gives it a little more crunch.
Lightly pan frying helps the coating the lightly crisp up and stick to the chicken prior to baking. If you don’t pan-fry prior to putting in the oven, the coating can remains a bit powdery and dry, and also sometimes it tends to get really soggy and you miss getting the crunchy bite. Nobody has time for soggy chicken fingers. I also do this when i air fry, very light oil and panfry 2-3 minutes.
Why in the oven. When I was testing this recipe, I tried it without pan frying, and didnt like the results, I also tried it in the air fryer the same way and did not like the result. I then pan fried and put them in the oven and also the air fryer, I found the oven to be the best method. The chicken had a better crisp/crunch to it.
I really like this family and so did my family. It is an easy recipe that adults and kids can both enjoy and it’s healthier than chicken fingers from a restaurant. Enjoy, rate, and comment.