Some people crave chocolate; others crave potato chips. Me? I crave buffalo chicken at least once a month. And when I get it in my head, I have to have it. There are no other options. I have to have it or else I will surely die.
So, I made good ol’ fried buffalo chicken fingers, from scratch!
Guys, these are delicious. So so so so SO delicious.
As a person who likes to eat healthy, mostly unprocessed foods, these cravings can sometimes be a challenge. When I get the craving, my head immediately goes to the sub shop down the street, imagining their buffalo chicken finger sub. Yummmm. But what kinds of things are IN that sub? Countless processed ingredients and chemicals, no doubt.
And so even though these aren’t “healthy” by traditional standards (they are fried, they are breaded in white flour, and are laden in traditional buffalo sauce with butter), they are made with all real ingredients (minus the flour*), and since you can make them at home, you can be more aware of what goes into them. There are no chemicals, no preservatives, and the chicken is free range/organic. Guaranteed, this is not the case in the sub shop!
AND, since breading and frying things isn’t the most leisurely cooking task you can do, it makes it easier to eat them less frequently once you know how much work goes into it! (TOTALLY worth it once in a while.)
Plus, there’s a salad in this picture! Vegetables! Yay!
These are best served with a side of homemade ranch dressing. Use leftovers cut up in a salad or in a sandwich! Recipe below :-)
* I have heard that you can also dredge these using whole wheat flour, and that it will also work and that there is negligible difference. I have yet to try this, but if you do try it, please let me know how it is! :-)
|Buffalo Chicken Fingers|| |
- 1 lb. chicken tenders
- 1 cup flour
- 2 eggs
- ¼ cup milk
- salt and pepper
- 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus 2 tablespoons butter (for frying, plus more if necessary)
- ½ cup hot sauce (such as Frank's)
- ½ cup butter
- Season the chicken on both sides with salt and pepper.
- Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil and 2 tablespoons butter in large skillet.
- Place flour in a shallow bowl or dish, and beat eggs with milk in another bowl.
- Dredge the chicken in flour, then dip in egg mixture, then dredge in flour again.
- Fry chicken in oil, approximately 3-4 minutes on each side, or until cooked (this depends on how thick the chicken is cut) Add more butter/olive oil if necessary.
- Meanwhile, melt hot sauce and butter in a small saucepan together.
- When chicken is done cooking, drizzle hot sauce mixture over the chicken fingers.