Who likes chicken fingers?

Before we get into chicken fingers, I would love it if you voted for me (again)!  I promise this will be the last contest (for a long time) that I will bother you about!  All you have to do is click here and “like” the photo of my fridge as well as the XLR8 Fitness Facebook page.  If I win, I get a cooler to carry all my meals in.  The contest ends at 5pm today so lucky for you, there will not be five days of badgering like last time!!

Now onto the important stuff: food.  When I was younger all I wanted to eat was chicken fingers and fries.  There wasn’t even other options when it came to eating at a restaurant.  I didn’t need a menu.  Just chicken fingers and fries.  I quickly gave them up (probably in high school) when I realized how bad they are for you.  I stumbled across this recipe yesterday for crispy tofu strips and thought I’d make some modifications (based on what I had on hand) and give them a try!

tofu fingers :)

They were quite delicious, especially paired with salt and vinegar kale chips!

Crispy Tofu Strips (adapted from Oh She Glows)

Ingredients:

  • 1 package extra firm tofu
  • 1/2 cup egg whites
  • 3/4 cup oats
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • scant 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne powder (for a kick of heat)
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
Directions:
  1. Press tofu: Angela used books, I used bricks!  Rinse the tofu, wrap it in a couple of dishtowels, and put something heavy on it for about 20 minutes to get all the water out.
  2. Mix all dry ingredients together (Angela used the spices for sweet potato fries but I mixed them all together with the oats for the tofu coating).
  3. Cut the tofu into strips, dip into egg whites and then into oat/spice mixture.
  4. Place tofu strips on a baking sheet and cook at 400F for 35 minutes (flipping once halfway through).

So easy.  So delicious.

Now go vote!  Then tell me what you always used to eat when you were younger!

Don’t forget, today is the last day to enter my Gymboss giveaway (winner will be announced tomorrow)!

Have a HAPPY FRIDAY! :D

Comments

  1. 5

    says

    Oh, yum! I still love chicken fingers so I might make this recipe with chicken rather than tofu – I’m sure both would be delicious!
    I used to dip my chicken fingers and fries into honey – I have to stop myself now!
    :)

  2. 7

    Wendy says

    Thank you! I am going to try this, my son is a huge chicken fingers fan. Like you, he does not eat them. Because they are SO SO bad for you. Hopefully these will be a hit. Have a great weekend!

  3. 9

    says

    Those look really good. I may actually have to give them a try! How’d you make the kale chips? I have a secret that I’m going to share with you that I have not posted on my blog and have only told like 3 people in my actual life… I have been doing a 30 day challenge (a bet I made with my bff) to not eat meat. I wanted to see A) if I could do it and B) if I would feel better. Well today is day 28 and I’m loving it. I probably ate meat 3-4 times per week before this challenge and I have found some really good alternatives and I’ve been eating a lot more veggies since then. I told myself that on Day 30 I would decide if I am going to keep it going or not… if you have any other awesome veggie recipes, I’d love if you could pass them on!!

    • 10

      says

      WOW! That’s awesome Mallory! I keep going back and forth myself. I was vegetarian for 5+ years and started eating meat (chicken) a few months ago but haven’t been able to eat it lately. It just doesn’t sit well with me and the taste is “off”, so I’m mostly vegetarian again. I’m glad you are feeling better! Just don’t get stuck in the “junk food vegetarian” trap. That happened to me. I thought just because there wasn’t meat in things that I could just go nuts but that’s not the case!! You will end up feeling really gross! I will do my best to share more recipes on here :)

      Oh, and the kale chips recipe is under my “food” tab!

      • 11

        aimee says

        Christina, I was the same way…. I was a vegetarian for 10 years and then decided to try to start eating chicken. I’m slowly reverting back to being a vegetarian again after about 6 months. I can’t wait to try this recipe with tofu :)

  4. 14

    says

    I voted, good looking fridge you got there :)

    I cannot wait to try this recipe out – I am going to attempt a vegetarian diet this month (I don’t think I can do the full on vegan thing) so these could become a staple!!

  5. 16

    says

    yum, I love tofu – it’s just so yummy!

    I used to love eating grilled cheese and still do. I really want to try making some different variations of it with some specialty cheeses. YUM! and I double liked ;)

  6. 22

    says

    What a great coating! I love baked tofu – it gets so pillow-y inside!

    When I was younger I survived solely on PB&J sandwiches. and bologna sandwiches, the thought of which makes me gag now. What was my mom thinking?! :)

  7. 26

    says

    Sounds awesome! I think I will try these but with chicken. This post made me laugh because I was the exact same as a kid. Always chicken strips, french fries, and ranch! How crazy that I used to eat like that and not think anything of it.

    Off to vote for you my friend!

  8. 36

    says

    I was totally not a chicken finger child :) When I was younger I was all about pasta. That’s all I ate. Ok, not really – but that’s all I ever wanted ;)

  9. 40

    D says

    Hi. Thanks for this recipe. I modified it a bit by adding marjoram, savory, and thyme in place of the spices listed that I didn’t have (ie: chili and cumin). I also used multigrain oats. My boyfriend and I loved them; they were crunchy and the cinnamon gave off a lovely aroma. Very fast!

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