Mr. How Sweet is always begging for ‘healthy’ chicken fingers.

The key is crispiness. The chicken has to be crispy and crunchy and good for the heart.

And here, we have clue #27 that shows how Mr. How Sweet’s actions resemble those of a child: I must decipher the phrase ‘I want healthy chicken fingers,’ to mean that they ‘must be healthy, yet taste like chicken that has been battered and deep fried. That is the only way I will eat them. ‘

 

Mission accomplished.

Inspiration from this dish came from Active Foodie’s buffalo chicken strips, which Mr. How Sweet requests almost every single weekend.

I am telling you – the man would eat the exact same thing forever if I was not around.

The chicken tenders are super tasty, but they take a lot of patience – it takes a while to coat each chicken tender with breading. Patience I do not have.

It would not take as long if Mr. How Sweet didn’t require 16 tenders per feast.

 

I knew that Mr. How Sweet really loved ginger, so I thought this would be the perfect treat for him. Honey and ginger are such a delicious combination.

The ginger offers a slight tang to the chicken, while the honey makes it a bit sweet.

 

Crispy Honey Ginger Chicken

1 lb boneless, skinless chicken tenders

2 cups lowfat buttermilk

1/4 cup honey

2 cups panko bread crumbs

1/4 cup whole wheat flour

2 tablespoons ground ginger

1 teaspoon seasoned salt

2 teaspoons garlic powder

Combine buttermilk, honey, 1 tablespoon ginger and 1 teaspoon garlic powder in a baking dish. Cup chicken tenders in half or thirds and add to buttermilk. Marinate for 2 hours or overnight.

Preheat oven to 450.

Combine panko, ginger, garlic, seasoned salt, and flour in a large bowl. Coat chicken pieces in panko mix, then lay on a wire rack sitting on a baking sheet. Continue with remaining chicken pieces. Spray each pieces with cooking spray or olive oil.

Bake for 10 minutes, flip, coat with cooking spray, and bake for another 10-15 minutes.

When finished, drizzle honey over chicken pieces.

 

 

I made Mr. How Sweet almost 50 chicken tenders this weekend. He wanted 7 for each lunch this week. Does that sound insane?

It is my life. Everyday.

 

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89 Responses to “Crispy Honey-Ginger Chicken.”

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    Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete — April 26, 2010 @ 6:15 am

    This is the wrong month to go vegan. :( And gluten free. :( Thanks for making it just that little bit more painful….

    :)

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    Lori @ RecipeGirl — April 26, 2010 @ 6:16 am

    Looks great! I love the sweet addition to them.

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    megan — April 26, 2010 @ 6:18 am

    yay! I have panko bread crumbs that I didn’t know what to do with! I tried chicken fingers a few weeks ago and they had almost zero taste. I have been looking for a new recipe, and here it is! Can’t wait to try it! Maybe this week! :)

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    Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) — April 26, 2010 @ 6:20 am

    My husband is all about the chicken fingers. Now that he can’t have gluten, I have been in charge of full filling the request for the crispy little fingers! Luckily I have found a great gluten free bread crumb, so crisis adverted! No, your life it not crazy, cause if yours is…then mine is too!

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    Dee — April 26, 2010 @ 6:25 am

    I will have to make these for my kids for dinner. They love Chicken Tenders!

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    Midgetkeeper — April 26, 2010 @ 6:30 am

    Oh yum, I love Mr. Sweet love chicken tenders.

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    MelissaNibbles — April 26, 2010 @ 6:31 am

    Oh wow those look amazing. Thank you for the recipe!

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    Amy from She Wears Many Hats — April 26, 2010 @ 6:32 am

    I’m gonna try these without telling my kids they’re not fried and see what they think. They look tasty!

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    Jenny — April 26, 2010 @ 6:38 am

    Wow! Yummy:) your husband is a lucky guy:)

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    Sonja {ActiveFoodie} — April 26, 2010 @ 6:41 am

    What a great idea, I love the ginger and honey combination, I need to give this variation a try! I’m so happy Mr How Sweet loves the baked chicken tenders!!

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    Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) — April 26, 2010 @ 6:49 am

    Mr. Sweet is hilarious! Those chicken fingers look great, and sound easy enough! I think my hubby would love them too.

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    Michelle — April 26, 2010 @ 6:50 am

    Looks delicious! I have a question though: what’s the point of spraying each piece with cooking spray or olive oil before baking them?

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    • Jessica — April 26th, 2010 @ 7:09 am

      I am pretty sure it helps keep the bread crumbs together and makes it crispier – since it is like an ‘oil’. I could be wrong – lol!

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    Jenn (j3nn.net) — April 26, 2010 @ 6:56 am

    LOL @ 16 chicken fingers per feast. hahaha

    Those look fabulous! I bet the flavor is out of this world yummy. I need to try this for my dumpling, who would also eat chicken 3 meals a day. :roll:

    Jenn

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    Lindsay @ The Ketchup Diaries — April 26, 2010 @ 7:06 am

    Haha…I just love you! You have the patience of a Saint!

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    My Delicious — April 26, 2010 @ 7:07 am

    it remember me about chicken nuggets which I like so :)

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    Stephanie — April 26, 2010 @ 7:10 am

    Haha I love your posts girl, always look forward to a good laugh with crazy Mr. HS ;) These chicken tenders look really nice, I need to make some baked ones again too so The Man stops sneaking to McDonald’s on days I don’t pack him lunch… bc we all know how that goes!

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    Gaby — April 26, 2010 @ 7:19 am

    Looks delish!! My boyfriend always requests certain things too… and I am sure he is going to love these!

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    Wei-Wei — April 26, 2010 @ 7:21 am

    The combination of honey and ginger sounds delicious! Your husband’s an incredibly lucky guy :D

    Wei-Wei

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    Kelly — April 26, 2010 @ 7:32 am

    Some guys are so funny that way. I’m not normally a chicken person, but these do look quite tasty.

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    Heather (Heather's Dish) — April 26, 2010 @ 7:48 am

    i was just thinking that healthy chicken strips sounded AMAZING…and here you go posting this incredible recipe!

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    Seth @ Boy Meets Food — April 26, 2010 @ 7:59 am

    Ya gotta love panko! :)

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    Meg @ Be Fit Be Full — April 26, 2010 @ 8:18 am

    I love, love panko crumbs! Just used them last night in fact. I love that the hubs requestsed 7 chicken fingers per day :)

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    kelly — April 26, 2010 @ 8:43 am

    eddie likes ginger? interesting…;)

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    • Jessica — April 26th, 2010 @ 9:00 am

      Yes. The ginger likes ginger. Ha!

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      • Mr. How Sweet It Is — April 26th, 2010 @ 9:47 am

        Mr. HS didn’t see that comment coming from a mile away. I swear, if Mr. HS and OBB weren’t going to be so drunk that we can’t stand, let alone drive, after we hit the Kentucky Derby trifecta, you would not be invited Saturday.

        *hehe*

        I love you tons! MAH!

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    Yum Yucky — April 26, 2010 @ 8:44 am

    Food Porn at its finest.

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    Madeline - Greens and Jeans — April 26, 2010 @ 8:57 am

    I’m always looking for foods that my boyfriend and I can agree on and I definitely think this fits the bill!

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    Marisa (Loser for Life) — April 26, 2010 @ 9:19 am

    These sound so great!!! YUM! Love the addition of the honey!

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    Nicole, RD — April 26, 2010 @ 9:19 am

    50? I love it! My husband loves leftover homemade chicken fingers, so this isn’t a surprise to me. :) Definitely making these…they look amazing!

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    Sara — April 26, 2010 @ 9:23 am

    These look fabulous! My hubby is a huge fan of cheap store bought chicken nuggets, so I think I could get him to eat these healthy ones. Yum.

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    Megan — April 26, 2010 @ 9:27 am

    Oh my! That looks so good! I’m glad I waited awhile before going grocery shopping. I think I’ll make this for lunch tomorrow.

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    Mackenzie@The Caramel Cookie — April 26, 2010 @ 9:27 am

    These sounds great! I love how ginger and honey taste together!

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    Mr. How Sweet It Is — April 26, 2010 @ 9:49 am

    A helpful tip…..If your husband eats as much as Mr. HS, you may want to consider 8 or 9 or even 10 chicken tenders per serving. Because 7 is not enough. If it were, Mr. HS would not be eating a yummy lower sugar Detour protein bar 10 minutes after eating the wonderful lunch his wifey packed for him.

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    Anne P — April 26, 2010 @ 9:51 am

    Mmmm I LOVE chicken tenders… especially with lots of ketchup :)

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    Erica — April 26, 2010 @ 9:54 am

    Ow! They look just perfect. Buttermilk i such a fun ingredient- I love finding new uses for it!

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    Diana — April 26, 2010 @ 10:19 am

    Yum, they look delicious :)

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    Blond Duck — April 26, 2010 @ 10:19 am

    Ben’s the same way, except it’s pita chips, fried and original chicken seasoning.

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    Heather — April 26, 2010 @ 10:22 am

    my new goal is to find a husband JUST LIKE YOU when i grow up.
    no. not a husband just like Mr. How Sweet, a husband like YOU.

    there is no way I would ever be able to have the patience to make these – but something tells me I could eat them no problem ;)

    seriously. delicious. maybe we can discuss a “quick/cheating” version? (look at me. trying to cut corners. AGAIN.)

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    Katie — April 26, 2010 @ 10:32 am

    I LOVE baked chicken nuggets! :) It makes you feel like a kid again! I love your blog..and how you stress balance and health vs ‘body weight’ etc! Keep it up girl! I’m adding you to my blog roll!

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    • Jessica — April 26th, 2010 @ 10:40 am

      Thanks so much, Katie. :)

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    Anne — April 26, 2010 @ 11:23 am

    Ahahaha, Mr Sweet sounds like a man who likes his food! you’re so sweet to cook him his favourites, true love and all! ;)

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    Biz — April 26, 2010 @ 11:30 am

    Aw, such a good wife Jessica! My husband is a meat and potato man, so not sure I could even convince him to try those – but my daughter would love these!!

    Hope you had a great weekend!

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    Jil — April 26, 2010 @ 11:35 am

    This looks absolutely amazing. I love panko breadcrumbs – so crispy!!

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    Lindsey — April 26, 2010 @ 12:13 pm

    WOW, I will definitely be trying that one! I love crispy chicken!

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    homecookedem — April 26, 2010 @ 1:19 pm

    These look amazing!! My favorite food as a kid was chicken nuggets/fingers. These definitely look like a kickin grown up version (but I know kids would love ‘em too of course!). I want them nowwwwwww!!

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    Kate @ Cozydelicious — April 26, 2010 @ 1:47 pm

    Oh, man. My husband is going to go crazy for these! Yum! I love the drizzle of honey – so perfect! I can’t wait to make these. I gotta go buy some panko… now!

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    Naomi (onefitfoodie) — April 26, 2010 @ 1:54 pm

    hahaha “it is my life, everyday” tooo funny!!! these sound SO good!! i love how there are some spices in there I wouldn’t imagine like ginger!! buttermilk?! i have never cooked with buttermilk! I need to get some and make these ASAP! they are so healthy and crispy looking!!!!

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    Jocelyn @ Peace.Love.Nutrition — April 26, 2010 @ 2:24 pm

    What a good wifey : )

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    DessertForTwo — April 26, 2010 @ 2:27 pm

    These look amazing–I’m always looking for “healthy” junk food recipes. Have you tried the sweet and sour chicken recipe on Tasty Kitchen? Everyone in the comments section said their honey asks for it almost every night. I thought they were exaggerating….but no, my honey asks for it almost every night too. Lemme know if you need help finding it on Tasty Kitchen (it’s in my recipe box, username: tinafromtexas).

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    • Jessica — April 26th, 2010 @ 2:38 pm

      I just looked it up! I have all of the ingredients and am going to make it tonight!! Thanks, girl. :)

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    Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly — April 26, 2010 @ 3:26 pm

    Those looks amazing!!! I love that your man can EAT although I am sure cooking for him is quite the ordeal! haha! :)

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    Mary (A Merry Life) — April 26, 2010 @ 4:08 pm

    Healthy chicken fingers are my favorite. These look so good!

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    mags — April 26, 2010 @ 5:13 pm

    Great recipe. I love the addition of the ginger!

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    Kathleen — April 26, 2010 @ 5:17 pm

    These look and sound incredible!

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