Kids love chicken strips! Store bought chicken strips are a very easy staple for Moms and Dads to have on hand. Just pull them out of the freezer and microwave! The negative aspect about chicken strips is the ingredient. There are lots of additives and preservatives. Plus, have you seen the pictures floating around the internet of “mechanically separated chicken”. ??
Okay. Time to make some at home with whole chicken pieces! This recipe is pretty easy and quick. I usually make them when chicken breasts are on sale for $1.99 or less.
Homemade Chicken Strips
- 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, approx 1.5 lbs
- ½ cup bread crumbs
- 1 tsp seasoning blend
1. Slice chicken breasts in to pieces. Try to get the pieces all the same size so that they will cook evenly.
2. Mix bread crumbs and seasoning in a bowl. You can use any seasoning blend that you like.
3. Spread a thin coat of mayo on the chicken pieces and roll in the bread crumb mixture.
4. Bake at 400 degrees for approx 20 min. Actual cooking time will vary depending on the size you make your chicken pieces. You can reheat in the microwave. The mayo helps the chicken stay tender even after the microwave.
TIP: Did you notice the white paper on the cookie sheet ? That is parchment paper. You just lay it on the cookie sheet to use it. When you are done, throw it away! No cleaning. I find these at my local dollar store and more expensive stores. Also, if you don’t like the idea of handling raw meat you can also buy gloves for cooking. They will say “ food grade” or “food safe” on the package. I get these at the dollar store too.
Seasoning: I just purchased the seasoning salt from the Red Robin restaurant. I’ve always liked it but didn’t know you could buy it and take it home. It is amazingly cheap! Just $3 for 16 oz.
Alexa’s Note: I love this recipe. Definitely cheap, easy, and something my kids would love. Plus I had no idea you could use mayo to help keep chicken tender! On another note – I often feed my kids store bought, frozen chicken nuggets. After seeing the picture of mechanically separated chicken I may think twice before doing that again!
Do you make your own chicken strips or eat store bought?