Homemade Chicken Strips

Have you ever taken an online test? In today’s life, where the computer steals most of your time, its no surprise what the answer is! I guess there are online tests for just about every topic you can think of…

But have you taken the test of patience? I don’t think you’ll see one online, though there is an offline one! Just spend an hour trying to feed a toddler! (I can see many young mother’s nodding their heads vigorously!) I’m not saying all toddlers are difficult to feed, but I guess the majority falls into this category.

I usually get a call from my friend around noon time asking me to drop in to her place. She has a sweet little angel, but all her sweetness somehow vanishes when you try to feed her :) My friend starts the feeding session with story telling, singing, dancing, playing hide n seek and what not! I’ve even see her diving from behind at times! But this little cutiepie is one smart cookie, she’ll strategically stand in the corner of the room, so my friend can’t spoon feed her from behind!

I’m her 911, when all else fails :) So my role is to go there and play with this little angel and try to distract her or make her laugh somehow, so that when she opens her mouth, my friend can act like lighting and spoon feed her! You see timing is very important!

If you’re thinking that these little munchkins behave like this all the time, guess again. Try placing a plate of french fries or some nuggets or a packet of Lays infront of them, you don’t need to say or do anything… the plate will be empty in just a few minutes… with a naughty grin on their face.

When I saw this recipe in AWW cookery book, I first thought of all those little princes / princesses who test their mom’s patience :) I also receive mails/comments very often asking for kid’s recipes. I guess this is very apt for them, I do really hope your little one enjoys this small treat. The original recipe doesnt call for any strong spices powders (pepper/red chilli flakes), so you can avoid it if you wish. I really wish this recipe gives you a peaceful feeding time without any 911 calls ;)

Ohh..I forgot to tell you, we two big kiddos absolutely enjoyed this nutty chicken, that’s how we washed away the healthy cookie ;)



Here is the recipe:

Nutty Chicken Strips
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Nutty Chicken Strips

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Course: Appetiser, Party snack
Author: Maria Jose Martin

Ingredients

  • 250 gms Boneless Chicken
  • Salt
  • 2.5 tbsp Plain flour
  • 1 Egg (lightly beaten)
  • 1 tbsp Milk
  • 1/2 cup Ground almonds (refer notes)
  • 2/3 cup Bread crumbs
  • 1 – 1.5 tsp Pepper powder / Red chilli flakes
  • Oil (for deep frying)

Instructions

  • Clean the chicken and cut into thin strips. Marinate the chicken pieces with salt and roll in plain flour. Shake off the excess flour. Combine the beaten egg & milk and dip the chicken pieces in this mixture. Combine almond flour, bread crumbs & pepper powder/chilli flakes. Roll the chicken pieces in almond & bread crumb mixture.
  • Refrigerate the coated chicken pieces for 1 hour. Deep fry the chicken strips in hot oil until lightly browned . Drain on absorbent paper. Serve hot with sauce/dip of your choice.

Notes

The original recipe doesnt use any pepper/chilli flakes. If you are making this for little kids, you can avoid it completely. I used spiced breadcrumbs and so I didnt add any pepper/chilli flakes.
Homemade Almod flour/ground almonds:
1 cup almond flour = To make your own almond meal place 1 cup (100 grams) sliced (blanched (skins off) or natural (skins on)) almonds with 1 tablespoon (14 grams) granulated white sugar in a blender or food processor and process until finely ground. Sugar or flour is added to the almonds to prevent clumping as it absorbs the oil exuded from the almonds. Toasting the almonds first dries them which also helps to prevent clumping.
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  • I still sometimes argue with my teenage daughters eating habbits, so i can imagine the tough time your friend is having with her little angel.
    Really delicous looking chicken strips.

  • Your story about that little angel reminds me of my neighbors daughter. It is tough to feed the little ones especially who are so reluctant. So many days I have fed her :) and I can completely understand.
    I have been drooling over this chicken strips since I saw them on FB.

  • hey great,
    really thanks maria for this wonderful recipe.
    i am struggling to feed my naughty twins(negha and nethra) something healthy(ready for the junks).let me try this and succeed.

    • Hi Kiruthika

      You are welcome dear. I’m sure you are having a great time with your naughty twins :) and I can also imagine your struggle….

      I do really hope they like these. Please let me know if you happen to try this.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Hi Maria

    Super recipe .. made it for lunch as a side snack .. simple and yummy .. Thanks ..

    P.S. am quite lazy to cook .. soooo such simple recipes are “Thumbs up” for me … :)

    • Hi Bindu,

      Glad that you liked this recipe, thanks for trying it :) . I’m also a fan of simple recipes for the same reason ;)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Hello maria,

    though i regularly visit your fantastic and very helpful blog this is the first time that i am leaving a comment. I made this yesterday evening for my 3 yr old son and he ate it without asking for the sweet treats or the chips. Well i baked them instead of fryig and used some parmesan cheese along with the bread crumbs. Thanks a lot.

    Trish

    • Hi Trish,

      Thanks a lot for the comment. I’m so happy that your son liked this :) Baking sounds like a very nice option & healthy too! Let me also try that sometime :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • hi maria

    even am facing the very same prob with my 2yr old son…. tell me some yummy egg recipies too for such troubling kids

    • Hi Reena,

      I’ve posted a number of egg recipes here. Please check out the following ones:

      Egg sandwich
      Fluffy vegetable omelet
      Egg chutney kebab
      Egg puttu

      Hope you find it useful.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Hi. I have a doubt. While making cutlets, we dip it and roll it breads crumbs. So how long can it be kept before frying. Like how many hours can the roll(coated with egg white n bread crumbs) be kept for?

    • Hi Butterfly,

      You can keep the dipped & rolled cutlets in the chill tray of the fridge for 2 days & you can keep it in the freezer for a month or so.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • hey..dearie..i tried dis..its very simple nd delicious too..ma kiddoos nd hubby jus luved it..thankuu…so much..!!

  • I have been following your recipes for quiet a while… I must admit..its awesome… u give attention to every minute details..tried nutty chicken today…my kids just loved it

      • Hi Maria,
        I prepared the strips and stored in the freezer and just rolled them in the crumbs once again before frying…it really came out well, will share the pics soon. Thanks for the recipe :)

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