Happy (allergen-free) Birthday!: Party Food: Chicken Fingers

Chicken fingers or nuggets are perfect party food for kids’ birthdays. Of course, if you want them to be allergen-free, you will either have to pay through the nose or make them yourself.

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!

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