Gluten Free Chicken Strips Activity

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Updated on Jul 20, 2012

When it comes to kid-friendly food, chicken strips top the list. And when they're made with skinless chicken breasts with a light, crispy breadcrumb coating and baked in the oven, they make for a delicious and healthy snack or meal. Simple and hands-on, this recipe is sure to entice your kids to help out in the kitchen, and we guarantee they'll get a kick out of using kitchen shears to cut the chicken into thin strips. The strips cook up in a flash, making them a great go-to dish when you're pinched for time. Don't be surprised if your kids gobble them up and ask for more!

What You Need:

  • 1 ½ lbs skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into 1” strips with kitchen shears
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 ¼ cup gluten free Panko style breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Lemon wedges (optional)

What You Do:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. In a shallow dish, combine the butter, olive oil, and garlic.
  3. In another shallow dish, combine the Panko-style breadcrumbs, cheese, cumin, salt, and pepper.
  4. Have your child dip the first chicken strip in the butter and olive oil mixture.
  5. Next, ask her to dredge the chicken strip in the breadcrumb mixture, making sure all sides are well-coated. Lay the strip on a nonstick baking sheet.
  6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 until all the chicken strips are breaded and arranged on the baking sheet.
  7. Place the baking sheet in the oven and bake for 10-15 minutes until the chicken strips are cooked through.
  8. Serve with lemon wedges and your family’s favorite dipping sauces. Enjoy!

Not familiar with Panko? It's a flaky, crispy Japanese breadcrumb typically made from crustless bread. It's lighter and crunchier than Western breadcrumbs and makes a great coating for fried foods such as tonkatsu or Japanese pork cutlets.