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Chicken Fingers with Dipping Sauce (Times 3!)


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Today is the last day of school for my kids! We’ve already made our summer bucket list, and talked about what I expect of them over the summer.  When they were younger, I used to have them work on summer-bridge workbooks.  Nothing too intense, just maybe a page a day.  But now they are older, and those workbooks I was purchasing, aren’t really designed for older kids.  So, this summer, my kids are reading books and writing book reports!  I printed off a few grade level recommended reading lists and we are planning to go to the library today.  If they read a book, then write a report about it (so I know they read it) every two weeks (5 books total), I’m going to take them to our local amusement park at the end of summer.  They have to do it on their own however, I won’t be nagging them to accomplish it. And I am sticking to my promises- if they do it, great! If they don’t- they aren’t coming with the kids that do. : ) Do you have any plans or strategies to keep those brains working this summer?

One thing that happens every summer of course is EATING! Lot’s of eating from my kids being home all day, and all the friends and neighbors walking through the house.  My food bill always jumps once they are home.  Our first meal of summer is chicken fingers with dipping sauce!   These are easy, and everyone loves them!

We made three different sauces, because what kid doesn’t love choices, right??  We made a citrus spice, ranch of course, and a honey mustard dipping sauce. The Ranch was a crowd favorite, but all of them got eaten.

  • 3/4 cup Orange juice
  • 1/4 cup Lemon Juice
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 3/4 tsp dried mustard
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp corn starch
  • zest of 1 orange

Mix all ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat.  Boil until begins to thicken, just a few minutes.

  • 1 cup Light Sour Cream
  • 1 tsp parsley,dried
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp dill weed
  • salt and pepper to taste

Mix all ingredients in a small bowl.    Chill until ready to eat.  

  • 1 Cup Light Sour Cream
  • 2 TBL Dijon Mustard
  • 2 TBL Honey

Mix all ingredients together and chill until ready to eat. 

We have a few ways that we bake breaded chicken fingers, (like our toddler friendly shaped nuggets) but this one is my favorite.  We used

  • 1 bowl of plain greek yogurt
  • 1 bowl of panko with seasonings.

We dipped 1 lb of chicken tenders into the yogurt, and then dipped into the panko.  Arranged in an oven safe baking dish, and then drizzled a touch of olive oil over the chicken. This will make it crispier, just like fried chicken!

For a balanced meal, serve with fruit and veggies!  Watermelon is perfect for summer dinners, but we also love a green salad!

Want more chicken strip dips?  Link up your favorite dip recipes in the comments! 

 

Chicken Fingers with Dipping Sauce (Times 3!)

Ingredients

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Chicken Strips

  • 1 lb chicken tenders
  • 2 cups Greek Yogurt
  • 2 cups Panko Crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 TBL Olive Oil

Dip chicken into yogurt and coat on both sides. In a seperate bowl, mix panko, salt, onion powder, and garlic powder.  Dip yogurt covered chicken into the Panko with seasonings.  Spray a 9X13 pan with cooking spray and arrange chicken tenders in pan.  Drizzle with olive oil. Bake at 350 for 20-40 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through, and no longer pink.

Citrus Spice Dip

  • 3/4 cup Orange juice
  • 1/4 cup Lemon Juice
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 3/4 tsp dried mustard
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp corn starch
  • zest of 1 orange

Mix all ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat.  Boil until begins to thicken, just a few minutes.

Rockin Ranch

  • 1 cup Light Sour Cream
  • 1 tsp parsley,dried
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp dill weed
  • salt and pepper to taste

Mix all ingredients in a small bowl.    Chill until ready to eat.  

Honey Mustard

  • 1 Cup Light Sour Cream
  • 2 TBL Dijon Mustard
  • 2 TBL Honey

Mix all ingredients together and chill until ready to eat. 


By Amy Roskelley
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Renee Mack

Love your summer fun learning idea. We are doing a word a day. My daughter is 5. The challenge consists of mommy/daddy presenting her with a written word of the day, she then looks it up in a junior dictionary and reads the defination. Then she is supposed to try to use the word three times in the day and practice spelling it. The we tape the word into a big frame I made on her playroom wall. So far she loves it and it will be tons of fun at the end of the summer to see all the new words she has learned.

Great idea!! thanks for sharing Renee… My grandma- who is super brilliant (she was a judge until she was almost 90 years old!!) would have a word of the day as well… I think she still does it!

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We have to eat gluten free, so I put some Udi’s GF bread and some pecans in a food processor to make the “breading.” I dipped the chicken strips in Vanilla flavored greek yogurt, then the “breading,” and then topped with seasonings. It was fantastic! All four of my picky eaters asked for seconds, and literally scraped the pan clean. Thanks for the recipe!! It was great :)

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