Friday, March 24, 2017

Chicken Fingers

chicken fingers

Sometimes the best way to go is with finger food. Let's face it, when watching a game or movie on TV nobody wants to put a plate on their lap and try to cut food with a knife and fork, they just want to pick it up and eat it. Fried chicken without the bones is ideal. Chicken fingers are easy to make for a hungry crowd or a meal for two.

This is how I made mine:

2 boneless skinless chicken breasts – sliced 1/4” thick, lengthwise or crosswise. It's easy to cut if the breasts are slightly frozen.

In a shallow container, combine:
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 Tblsp. Buttermilk Powder
  • 1 Tblsp. cornmeal
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. each:  cayenne, paprika, black pepper and garlic powder

In a separate shallow container combine: 1 beaten egg and 1/2 cup milk.

Heat 1/2” cooking oil in a skillet over medium heat.

Dredge the chicken strips into the flour mixture and coat completely. Then dip in egg mixture. Then in the flour again.

Gently place chicken in skillet, don't crowd the pan. Cook on one side for about 2 minutes.

Gently turn with tongs and cook another 2 minutes or until golden brown.

Drain on paper towel lined plate.
Serve with ranch or bleu cheese dressing.


Here's some information about Saco Buttermilk Powder

How Long Will it Stay Fresh and Usable? 

I ordered mine in May of 2014 and on the bottom of the can it reads: Best If Used By March 11, 2018. Four years! That's a lot better than liquid buttermilk. But I wondered just how long it would last after the can was opened, so I emailed the company and they answered back right away. Here are the key points of their response:

Once opened, Saco Buttermilk Powder should be stored in the refrigerator where it can last for several years. If the product is still in powder form it is good to use. If there are lumps that break up into powder, they are fine to use. If the entire can has hardened, use a food processor to pulverize the product to powder. The product would never be unsafe or harmful to use. The product has an indefinite shelf life if it is stored in the refrigerator and free from moisture. Some have found it helpful to put the entire container in a zip lock bag in the refrigerator. This will keep the moisture out but you will still have the information on the container.


  1. Great-looking chicken fingers recipe! I especially appreciate the info about the buttermilk powder. I know I have some that's been in the fridge for quite some time. Good to know that it should still be just fine to use!

    1. Susan, I wasn't sure about the shelf life of buttermilk powder. The company was quick to respond to my email and told me everything I needed to know. I'm glad the information helped you too.


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