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! This Chicken Fingers with Dipping Sauce Recipe is easy to make, 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.
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!
Citrus Spice Dip
- 3/4 cup Orange juice
- 1/4 cup Lemon Juice
- 2 cloves garlic
- 3/4 tsp dried mustard
- salt and pepper
- 1/4 tsp ground ginger
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1 tsp corn starch
- 1 zest of orange
- 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
- 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
- Mix all ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat. Boil until begins to thicken, just a few minutes.
- Mix all ingredients together and chill until ready to eat.
Want more chicken strip dips? Link up your favorite dip recipes in the comments!
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