Happy (allergen-free) Birthday!: Party Food: Chicken FingersPosted: September 27, 2010
I opted to make them myself, because they’re cheaper and, in my opinion, they taste better. If that’s not enough to convince you, consider this: they freeze well, so you can make them in advance at your convenience. AND they use very basic ingredients – no pricey allergen-free substitutes, except perhaps the milk.
Of course, these are not just for parties! Make them anytime as a safe meal the whole family – but especially the kids – will enjoy. Or make a big batch and freeze them to pop into lunch boxes for easy school lunch prep. This recipe easily doubles.
I opted to use coconut milk because it’s a little thicker and I like the flavor, but you can use any dairy-free milk substitution.
If corn flakes are an issue, you can use wheat or rice flakes instead (although I haven’t tried those personally).
Corn Flake Chicken Fingers
1 lb chicken tenderloins
1/2 cup coconut milk
1 tsp vinegar
2 cups corn flakes
1 tsp each rosemary and oregano
salt and pepper to taste
Wash and pat dry chicken tenderloins. Mix together coconut milk and vinegar in a medium bowl; let sit for a few minutes. Place chicken in coconut milk mixture and be sure all pieces are at least partially submerged. Allow to soak for 10-15 minutes. Meanwhile, in food processor, pulse together corn flakes, herbs and seasonings until fine crumbs. Remove chicken from the milk mixture with fork or slotted spoon and place into a zippered plastic bag. Pour crumbs over chicken; seal bag and shake until all chicken pieces are evenly covered. Place chicken tenders on a greased or lined cookie sheet and bake at 400F for about 15 minutes, or until chicken is no longer pink inside and internal temperature reaches 165F.
I bought the chicken tenderloins in bulk at Costco, and made 6 batches in a row. They’re now storing in freezer-safe containers until the party on Saturday, so I can concentrate on other things in preparation for my Certain Little Someone’s party. Stay tuned for my next post with another great allergen-free party food idea!