Sesame Crusted Chicken Fingers Recipe

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Sesame Crusted Chicken Fingers Recipe

Sesame Crusted Chicken Fingers Recipe

Sesame Crusted Chicken Fingers Recipe

Sesame Crusted Chicken Fingers Recipe

Most of the Chinese dishes use sesame seeds either as a garnish or as an ingredient; adding a little Asian touch to the traditional chicken tenders this recipe uses sesame seeds in the crust and then crisps them up in the oven; if you do not like baked version fry them on stove top.

Recipe Info:

  • Servings: 2-3
  • Preparation time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking time: 20 minutes


  • 2 boneless and chicken breasts
  • ¾ cup of Panko
  • ½ teaspoon freshly Ground black Pepper
  • Salt to taste
  • cooking spray
  • ½ teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • ½ teaspoon Paprika
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme or ½ tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 tablespoons of sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce (low sodium is preferred)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice (freshly squeezed is preferred)
  • 5 tablespoons sesame seeds

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil and coat with non stick cooking spray.

Rinse chicken breasts with water; pat dry with paper towels. Trim off the visible fat and cut lengthwise into 1 inch strips or thinly like tenders.

Mix 1 tablespoon soy sauce with 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, 2 tablespoons olive oil, salt and pepper in a shallow bowl; whisk until all the ingredients combines;

Add 5 tablespoons of sesame seeds to another bowl along with ½ teaspoon Garlic Powder, ½ teaspoon Paprika, ½ teaspoon dried thyme and ¾ panko bread crumbs; stir well;

Working with one at a time, dip chicken pieces in the oil mixture; let excess drip off the chicken;

Now dredge both sides of the piece in panko mixture. Lightly press the mixture into it using back side of a wooden spatula and make sure to coat on all sides; repeat the process for remaining pieces.

Arrange the panko coated chicken strips on prepared baking sheet; bake at 400 degrees F for 20 minutes until chicken cooks completely.

Take the tray out when it’s done; transfer to a serving platter; garnish with fresh herbs if you like; serve this crispy chicken tenders hot with fried rice and sautéed vegetables accompanied by your favorite dipping sauce. Honey mustard works exceptionally well for this dish.

Notes & Tips:

  • To simplify the process use pre-made chicken tenders.
  • Baking time varies according to the thickness of the chicken.
  • Plain bread crumbs can be used as a substitute for the panko ones.
  • If bread mixture doesn’t stick to the chicken, use food processor to smooth it out a bit.
  • Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of melted butter over chicken strips before baking to keep it moist.
  • For a variation use salmon instead of chicken.
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