Baked Chicken Fingers with an almond-herb crust are my go-to easy dinner recipe and my favorite way to eat chicken! They’re incredibly flavorful, healthy and delicious! (Thanks Foster Farms for sponsoring this post!)
I don’t usually get on diet kicks, I just try to eat healthy on a regular basis. But a few years ago, I got really into the South Beach Diet. It was all the rage then – have you heard of it or tried it before? I bought a bunch of books and cookbooks on it and actually really liked it. Of course, after a little while I lost interest in it (haha!) but some of the recipes in the cookbook are still my favorites.
This recipe is similar to one in my cookbook but I’ve tweaked it to be my own over the years. It’s a family-favorite and my boys ask for it regularly.
For these Baked Chicken Fingers I like to use Foster Farms Simply Raised chicken, cut into cutlets or “fingers”. I make a coating with almonds, bread crumbs, parmesan cheese and herbs. What I love about this crust, is that it’s made in the food processor so you don’t have to do a lot of chopping or mincing. Just throw the ingredients in the food processor then roll the chicken in it.
I love the crunchy exterior of the chicken and the tender, moist interior. Plus, it’s packed with flavor making it a deceiving dinner because it tastes decadent but it’s healthy! My little boys think I’m splurging and letting them eat fried chicken… 😉
Foster Farms chicken is my favorite chicken to buy and use. They’ve been producing locally grown poultry for 76 years! Foster Farms is partnering with the California Association of Food Banks to fight food insecurity and bring awareness to the need for more protein donations. Protein is one of the most underserved items at food banks, and also one of the most coveted.
As part of its annual tradition, Foster Farms has donated 4,000 turkeys – or 65,000 pounds of turkey – to six food banks in California, Oregon and Washington this holiday season. The donations address the issue of food insecurity on the West Coast, in regions where families struggle with hunger at alarming rates.
Through its holiday turkey donation program, Foster Farms aims to draw attention to the staggering amount of West Coast individuals that do not have enough to eat – winter time being one of the hardest times. Join Foster Farms in helping those in need this holiday season by donating to your local food bank this holiday season. Visit Foster Farms website for more information.
Paul Ash, the executive director of the SF-Marin Food Bank, said “We were fortunate to have been able to serve a proper Thanksgiving meal to our participants this year and are grateful to Foster Farms for making it possible.” Thanks Foster Farms!
These Healthy Baked Chicken Tenders need to be added to your New Year’s healthy resolution dinner menu rotation! I hope they become a family favorite like it has for us!
Healthy Baked Chicken Fingers
- 1 1/2 slices whole wheat bread I leave the slices out for an hour or so to dry them out a bit
- 1/3 cup shredded parmesan cheese
- 1/3 cup almonds I've used all kinds in this recipe!
- 2 Tbsp. parsley
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. Italian seasoning
- 1/8 tsp. pepper
- 3/4 tsp. garlic powder
- 1 1/2 lbs. Foster Farms Breast Tenders
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- Preheat the oven to 400ºF. Spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray and set aside.
- Using a food processor, combine bread slices, parmesan cheese and almonds. Process until combined and crushed into small bits.
- Add parsley, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and Italian seasoning. Pulse to combine into almond mixture. Pour into a large bowl.
- Pour olive oil into another bowl. Dredge chicken tenders into oil and then roll in almond mixture, making sure to completely coat the chicken. Place chicken on cookie sheet.
- Repeat until all chicken pieces are coated and placed on the cookie sheet. Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through and almond crust is golden brown.
- Cool for a few minutes and serve. Enjoy!
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Thank you Foster Farms for sponsoring this post!
Blair @ The Seasoned Mom says
Love it! I haven’t tried the South Beach Diet, but I remember when it was all the rage. Are we dating ourselves?! 🙂
I bet my kids would go crazy for this chicken! I’m printing the recipe so that I can make it soon. Thank you!!
Thank you Jen. Nice recipes. Merry Christmas!
aimee @ like mother like daughter says
These chicken fingers look INCREDIBLE! I love that they are baked and made with homemade breadcrumbs!
Karen @ The Food Charlatan says
I’m not a diet person either…or much a healthy eating in general person, and now that I’m approaching 30 my backfat is taking on a life of it’s own so healthy dinners are a MUST! lol. This chicken looks amazing, love the almond crust. PS that is super cool that Foster Farms donates all those turkeys!