Cooking with kids to make Chicken Fingers – Healthy and pretty much fat free!


Our grandkids love chicken nuggets but most of those we find in restaurants are in batter and full of fat and carbohydrates that provide empty and unnecessary calories. This recipe is truly easy and lower in fat -using Panko breadcrumbs and cheese – and our little ones love them! I do too – so this is a dish that can feed the whole family – and makes cooking with kids a pleasure. This dish goes well with the song The Silly Kwela! We love to swing to the African beat! By the way – if you click here you can download our coloring books – the first one is FREE!


  • 2 (6-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breasts
  • 1/3 cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese ( you can get it ready grated but it tastes so much better if you grate as you use)
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 egg white, whisked just a little
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper,
  • 2 Tblsp olive oil ( to make it even lower in fat you could use Pam Spray but the oil gives this a wonderful taste)
  • 2  lemon wedges


1. Place chicken between 2 sheets of heavy-duty plastic wrap; pound to 1/2-inch thickness using a meat mallet or small heavy frying pan. This will make them like veal schnitzels! The kids LOVE to pound them – mind those fingers however! I find that I will give them a wooden spoon and let them pound away although I do the heavy pounding before or after that.

2. Combine breadcrumbs and cheese in a shallow dish.

3. Place flour in a shallow dish. Place egg white in a shallow dish. Sprinkle chicken with dash of salt and pepper. Place the chicken in the flour first then dip in egg white. Then put the chicken into the breadcrumb mixture. Place chicken on a wire rack; let stand 5 minutes. Our kids will do this – their facial expressions are fun – the texture of the chicken is certainly a bit yucky – but they like the sticky mess that the flour and eggwhite and breadcrumb makes. Prepare for a mess – put newspaper under the dishes – and enjoy!

4. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken; cook 3 minutes. Turn chicken over; cook 2 minutes or until browned and done.

5.  You can serve this with steamed broccoli or the wonderful peas and mint recipe that you can find by clicking here!

6. Do you know that squeezing lemon onto almost any main dish just before serving makes the flavors pop out and taste better?


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