Monday, July 20, 2015

Honey Sticky Boneless Chicken Wings - CHEAP and EASY - 52 Appetizer Recipes

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Shh... Don't tell anyone but these are more Chicken Fingers than Boneless Chicken Wings, but truthfully, most boneless wings you pay a lot for at a restaurant are actually cut up breast meat.

I have several recipes and ideas that start with the SALE FLYERS in the paper.  This is one of those.

This week my local underpriced grocery store had a fantastic sale on those bags of frozen chicken breasts.  Sure, they are injected with a salted chicken broth solution (not as bad as it sounds, keep the meat moist while it cooks... Think injected marinade).  And sure, they are really tiny compared to the breasts you can buy at the Butcher Counter.  But, again, that is a good thing for chicken fingers... thin and well, finger shaped.

So, Don't you judge me, I ended up with 12 breasts and only paid $4 for the bag.  I used 6 breasts, cut each into 3 "fingers", making 18 appetizer strips for about a 15 cents each.  Add in the cost of the bread crumbs, eggs and the sauce makings (all pantry items) and each strip will come in around 50 cents each final cost!  Now that's a bargain!!!

The final product is very kid friendly.  Plenty sweet with a tinge of spice.

And very very easy to make.

And baked for the illusion of healthy (although there is plenty of sugar in the sauce... Kid friendly, remember).

Cheap, Easy, Kid Pleaser and really really delicious.  Start watching for that sale now and file this recipe for sale week (although it is worth paying full price if you are in the mood).

OK... Here's what I did...

Sticky Chicken Fingers

  • 6 Thin Chicken Breast, Each Cut into 4 long Pieces (Note, thin Breasts work best like the inexpensive bagged frozen breasts)
  • 1 Cup Flour
  • 3 Large Eggs
  • 2 TBS Water
  • 2 Cups Panko Bread Crumbs
  • 1-1/2 Cups Packed Brown SUgar
  • 1/2 Cup Your Favorite BBQ Sauce (Spicy Sauce makes Spicy Fingers, a Sauce will make mildly spiced fingers)
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 2 TBS Water
  • 1/2 Cup Honey
  • 1 or 2 Green Onions, Thin Slices, white and green parts
  • A Sprinkling of Black and White Sesame Seeds
Cooking Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees and line a rimmed cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Slice the Chicken Breasts into long fingers. "Dry" each with a paper towel (Warning, if you skip this step the flour does not stick to the chicken as well which means the coating does not stick also. Dry your meat).
  3. Place the chicken strips and the flour into a gallon size Ziplock bag, seal and shake to evenly coat.
  4. Set up two dredging bowls, first, whisk together the Eggs and Water, second, fill a bowl with the Panko style bread crumbs. Dredge each Chicken Strip into the Egg mix, Followed by the Bread Crumbs, arrange on the lined cookie sheet.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes until the chicken is browned and cooked through.
  6. While chicken is cooking, prepare the sauce. Add brown sugar and BBQ sauce to a medium sauce pan and stir over medium-high heat until melted and mixture comes to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in garlic powder, water and honey until smooth.
  7. When the strips are done cooking, toss in the sauce until coated. Garnish as you like.
  8. Serve warm and ENJOY!

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