Tortilla Crusted Chicken Fingers (Baked!)

Written by chanie on February 3rd, 2015

Wait. Stop. I know what you’re thinking. These look EXACTLY like KFC chicken tenders, now how did she do that?! I’m an accidental genius, that’s how (and a very humble one at that). Read on.

These crazy, amazing, oven-fried crispiest-ever chicken fingers where never supposed to happen. It was around the holidays, Succot to be exact, and I decided to go with a Mexican-themed menu. We’d already had so many meals and I needed a break from the traditional! I made blackened fish tacos, guacamole, taco salad, black bean & chorizo chocolate chili, cornbread, empanadas, and Mexican hot chocolate brownies. Now there was lots of meat going on, but not much in the form of chicken, so I wanted to make sure we had something kid-friendly that matched the Mexican theme. I looked through my pantry for something “corny” and found a half-eaten bag of BBQ tortilla chips – perfect! OK maybe BBQ tortilla chips are not authentically Mexican but I figured it could pass.

And pass it did. Those chicken fingers never even made it to the table. They got passed around and were gone in seconds. And the crazy part is – I made them the most untraditional way – by dipping the chicken in oil instead of egg.

My youngest is allergic, and I wanted to make sure there was something for him to enjoy, so I decided to forgo the egg-dipping and just go for some oil as a binder. True oil is not as sticky as egg, so the chips did not adhere as well – but they were super ultra crispy.

They were also super ultra tasty – because I used BBQ tortilla chips instead of the plain old boring ones. The BBQ seasoning gives the chips a nice color, so even though they’re baked, they look fried. Just like those crispy cornflake chicken tenders you drool over in every fast food commercial.

Speaking of commercials, I had wanted to get these up for Superbowl Sunday this week, but they just didn’t make it. Maybe that’s because I, nor anyone I know, is interested in the game. We’re more like social media geeks than sports fanatics so if you ask my husband and I who played, we have no idea. The only thing I know about Superbowl Sunday is that Katie Perry wore a yalmulkah dress! And I only know that ‘cuz it was all over my whatsapp!

Superbowl or not, these crispy oven-fried chicken tenders are the perfect appetizer for any party. They also make the best child-friendly dinner, with a mayo-salsa sauce for dipping. My picky-eaters loved them, and I’m sure yours will too!

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34 Comments so far ↓

  1. Chaya says:

    I love these pictures! So much moody light, especially in that middle. Not to mention, these look delicious!

  2. Shoshana says:

    Hey, I was at that Mexican sukkah meal and it was fabulous! including these tortilla chicken fingers although I think I got the last one :). Don’t get me started on those mexican brownies….

  3. Dinie says:

    just made it this week & my kids absolutely loved these!!!!!!

  4. Ravit says:

    Myself and kids love these…. Made them in wraps… Sooo good!!!! Making it again tonight!!!!

  5. Dvorah Salek says:

    Thank you Chani for sharing this recipe, my whole family loved it! They requested I make it again for Erev Shabbos!!

  6. charnie says:

    what brand totrilla chips?

  7. These definitely do look like KFC chicken tenders.. interesting idea to use tortilla chips as a coating too. Never tried that before!

  8. Yum!! These look so delicious! I bet kids would love them, too.

  9. Tasneem says:

    Instead of baking , can i fry it?

  10. I really love the tacos idea. Plus your salsa mayonnaise looks insane! :)

  11. Danielle says:

    This was delicious! I substituted the bbq tortilla chips for plain taco shells.

  12. Brian C says:

    Tried this yesterday and it was great. Having the brand name for the bbq chips would be helpful. I went to two stores and didnt find any bbq flavored ones so I had to settle for the regular ones.

    What brand did you use? And what store did you get it from?

  13. Reisy says:

    I made these tonight and my kids loved them! Served them in wraps and they were a big hit. Thanks for the great recipe!!

  14. Rachel says:

    Can this be warmed up for Shabbos day, or does it get soggy?

  15. Batsheva says:

    Made these tonight and they were delicious! Can I freeze them coated and raw?

  16. Shelley says:

    Would this work with chicken bottoms too?

  17. Edith says:

    Where do you find BBQ tortilla chips? Have you ever used regular BBQ potato chips or are they not crispy enough?

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