Chicken Fingers/Chicken Parm Recipe
I have been making this recipe for several years now, and it is definitely one of my favorites! You can make this recipe as chicken fingers, or take a few extra steps and turn it into a delicious chicken parmesan dish. Serve with salad, pasta, and bread, and you have an amazing meal! One of my favorite things about this dish is that it’s very customizable...if you want more or less of a seasoning, go for it! If you realize you’re out of rosemary, you can skip it! The seasonings are purely extra, as long as you have the bread crumbs, feel free to experiment as you see fit!
1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breast
1/4 cup water
2 cups Italian-flavored bread crumbs
1 cup parmesan cheese
1 tbsp. rosemary
1 tbsp. thyme
1 tsp. crushed red pepper
-Preheat oven to 375°
-Mix all the breading ingredients in a medium-sized mixing bowl.
-Break the eggs into a small mixing bowl, and add water. Mix with a fork.
-Put some flour into another mixing bowl (this is for the breading, so the exact measurement is not important. I usually use approximately 2 cups, but I don’t measure).
-Dip the chicken breast pieces into the flour, then the egg, then the breading mixture, ensuring to completely coat the chicken with each step. Put the pieces aside (I usually put the pieces on some foil).
-Heat up a little bit of olive oil in a pan. Sear the breaded chicken pieces, about two minutes per side. They should be golden brown, but they will not be fully cooked yet. You may need to cook a few pieces at a time, depending on the size of the pieces and your pan. If that is the case, feel free to add more olive oil as needed.
-Put the chicken pieces into an oven-safe pan.
-Cook for 5-10 minutes, or until fully cooked (they should be sizzling). A good way to make sure chicken is fully cooked, is to try to slice a thick piece with a fork. If it cuts smoothly, it’s probably done (although always be sure to double check!).
-If making chicken parm, a few minutes before they are completely done, add some marinara sauce and mozzarella cheese to the top.
Serve, and enjoy!