Baked Chicken Fingers & Homemade Mac and Cheese You’re Welcome!

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Baked Chicken Fingers & Homemade Mac and Cheese You’re Welcome!

Since our weather here in Vegas has cooled off a bit (like cooled off from *118 to a balmy *105) I decided it might be OK to hop off the grill and crank on the oven. And, since you all may think every recipe we post around here must include booze, I’m ’bout to show you they don’t. So there.  2 of Ethan’s favorite foods are Baked Chicken Fingers and Homemade Mac and Cheese. When I was asked to give these new Green Giant Veggie Snack Chips the once over, I thought it was the perfect time to pop up some non-boozey recipes and give him a few smiles for dinner. I know! Best parent ever status right there! Killing 2 birds, 1 stone!

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Baked Chicken Fingers Recipe:

The fine folks over at Green Giant sent me 2 flavors of their Veggie Chips, the 1st being Multigrain Sweet Potato Chips (Barbecue Flavor)  Ethan thinks these are amazing. He’s on a sweet potato chip kick, so it was perfect timing for them to arrive. And, also what I chose to use for the baked chicken fingers.  He’s going to dip them in some BBQ sauce anyways, right? Even though chips are ‘flavored’ you’ll still want to add the extra seasonings into your baked chicken fingers crust mix. Trust me, totally needs it!

For the Chicken Fingers:

  • 1 LB Chicken (cut in strips)
  • 2 Cups Chips (crushed, smashed, pick your favorite flavor)
  • ½ TSP Seasoned Salt
  • ¼ TSP Crushed Black Pepper
  • ¼ TSP Garlic Powder
  • ¼ TSP Onion Powder
  • 1 Egg  (Large to XLarge)
  • ¼ Cup Milk (my original recipe called for buttermilk, tried to cut a few fat/calories, milk worked perfect)

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Pre-heat oven to *350. Throw those chips in a ziploc bag and crush. Let the small fry’s help. They totally dig that part! In a large shallow bowl, mix crushed chips, seasoned salt, pepper, garlic powder and onion powder. In a 2nd smaller shallow bowl, beat egg and mix with milk. One at a time, dip each chicken strip 1st in the egg /milk mix, then dredge through chip/seasoning mix. I dip with left hand, dredge with right so 1 hand stays dry and doesn’t get that icky, sticky, coating thing going on. Spray a baking sheet with Pam (or your fav brand of non-stick spray)  Place the coated chicken strips on your baking sheet.

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Homemade Mac and Cheese Recipe:

The 2nd flavor Green Giant sent over was Roasted Veggie Tortilla Chip (Garden Ranch Flavor) These were my favorite of the two. Full of flavor, no MSG. I really liked the crunch. I’m a crunchy kinda gal. What?? … Totally perfect for my Homemade Mac and Cheese too!

For the Mac and Cheese:

  • 1 Cup Uncooked Boxed Elbow Macaroni (or, your fav shape!)
  • 1 Cup Milk
  • 2 TBSP Flour
  • ½ TSP Onion Powder
  • Pinch of Salt
  • Dash of Ground Black Pepper
  • 2 Cup Cheddar Cheese (Shredded, I used bagged)
  • 1 Cup Chips (crushed, smashed)
  • 2 TBSP Butter or Margarine (melted)

1st, let’s crush up those chips in a ziploc bag! Just like with the baked chicken fingers, kids dig this part. Let them help! Cook up the macaroni in boiling water. Don’t cook completely. (4-5 minutes, depending on which noodles you chose to go with)  They will finish cooking once we pop them in the oven. While those are boiling, combine milk, flour, onion powder, salt and pepper in blender (Or use a hand mixer, less mess. I’m all about less mess!) Drain macaroni. In large mixing bowl add milk mixture and your shredded cheddar cheese. Stir well to combine. Pour the whole mix in over safe baking dish. I know, you’re thinking WAIT, this looks kinda soup-y… It’s fine. All liquid will be absorbed while this creamy dish of cheesy yum is baking! You trust me, right? Now,  coat the top with our crushed up chips and drizzle butter/margarine over the top. Now, because I’m notorious for setting off the smoke alarm when cheesy dishes sometimes bake over, place on baking sheet before popping in the oven.

The homemade Mac and Cheese needs to bake for 45 minutes. Stick that in the oven first. Your Baked Chicken Fingers will only take 25-30 minutes. So, after 20 minutes goes by, pop them in with the mac and cheese. Both will done at the same time and ready to serve to your super happy family!

Baked Chicken Fingers Homemade Mac and Cheese

Now really, as easy as these baked chicken fingers & homemade mac and cheese is to make why would you ever buy that pre-made stuff again??! Your welcome!

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Comments

  1. What a great idea! These look delicious and super easy. Thanks!

  2. Wow. I never would have thought to grind up/mash up the chips like that…sound delicious.

  3. Love that you’ve use chips as a coating, how perfect does that look. Nice.

  4. This is always a great meal for kids and the macaroni looks scrumptious

  5. I think you forgot to invite me over for dinner! This looks really good!

  6. Still in shock that you don’t make powdered macncheese out of a box like us other mere mortals… Good recipes mujer, glad they fixed your ac in time to use the oven. ; ) BB2U

  7. I love these new chips and I’m sure the chicken tastes awesome with them in the breading!

  8. seriously–if I didn’t follow you=I would have said those dishes look store-bought or from a restaurant–I want some right now!!! so point well done 🙂 they must taste great too-thanks for sharing and making it simple

  9. And, we just ate the chips. You turned them into a delicious meal! I’ll have to try this!

  10. Looks yummy and I love that this is baked. Pinning this to try!

  11. That is an awesome recipe, both look super tasty! I’ve been too nervous to try to make my own mac n cheese, wish me luck with your recipe!

  12. Yum. Comfort food. I love baked fried chicken and mac and cheese. I will have to give this recipe a try, I haven’t had much luck with homemade mac and cheese.

  13. My son LOVES this meal. He can be such a picky eater sometimes, so it is cool to find a good idea like this to make him.

  14. Baked chicken fingers for the win! I have been wanting to try something like this at home for my chicken finger loving 2 year old.

  15. This looks SO GOOD!!! And here I am without having eaten lunch. I think I might take a bite out of my monitor now. Hahahaha!

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