Lighten Up: Healthy Chicken Fingers Recipe
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Lighten Up: Healthy Chicken Fingers Recipe

Dreading the treadmill time you'll have to clock to burn off these babies? No worries. Our chicken fingers taste just like the real thing -- but with about a tenth of the fat. Pair 'em with one of our diet-friendly dipping sauces!

Crispy Chicken Fingers Recipe

Makes: 4 servings

Ingredients
12 ounces skinless, boneless chicken-breast halves
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon prepared mustard
2 cups cornflakes, finely crushed
Dash of black pepper

1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Cut chicken into 3-by-3/4-inch strips. In a shallow dish, combine egg, honey, and mustard. In another dish, stir together cornflake crumbs and pepper.

2. Dip chicken strips into the egg mixture; roll in crumb mixture to coat. Arrange chicken strips on an ungreased baking sheet.

3. Bake about 12 minutes, or until outsides are golden and chicken is no longer pink.

Nutrition facts per serving: 212 calories, 23g protein, 23g carbohydrate, 3g fat (1g saturated), 0g fiber

Healthy Dipping Sauces

Ditch the standard ranch dressing and stir up one of these low-cal sauces.

1/4 cup Dijon mustard + 1 teaspoon honey = Homemade Honey Mustard

1/4 cup ketchup + pinch chili powder = Kicked-Up Ketchup

1/2 cup low-fat sour cream + fresh lime + fresh cilantro = Zesty Sour Cream

1/2 cup low-fat mayo + 1 teaspoon dried dill + 1 teaspoon garlic powder = Spiced Mayo

 

Healthy Cooking Tips

Trick Your Taste Buds

Honey and mustard pump up the flavor of these baked strips without adding fat, says Marisa Moore, RD, an American Dietetic Association spokesperson in Atlanta.

Secret-Ingredient Alert!

We used cornflakes instead of bread crumbs for a golden brown hue -- no oil necessary. To prepare the flakes, put them in a ziptop bag and crush with a rolling pin.

Boost Flavor

Add 1/2 teaspoon dried basil and oregano to the cornflake mixture for an Italian twist; try a pinch of chipotle chili powder for Mexican flair.

Calorie Comparison

Whoa! Order chicken strips at a restaurant and you'll likely take in 600 calories and 36 fat grams, Moore says.

Slick Shocker

Some restaurants still fry in oils that contain artery-clogging trans fats -- all the more reason to make your own "fried" chicken.

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, May 2009.

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