Who likes chicken fingers?

by Christina @ The Athletarian on March 2, 2012

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)


  • 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
  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)!


{ 40 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Allison March 2, 2012 at 8:07 am

Think I’m gonna try this next week!!


2 Christina @ The Athletarian March 2, 2012 at 9:01 am

Let me know how it tuns out!


3 Alexandra March 2, 2012 at 8:07 am

I’ve never baked with tofu before, but these sound really good! I’m totally gonna give them a whirl whenever i get some free time! :)


4 Christina @ The Athletarian March 2, 2012 at 9:02 am

Me neither! I’ve had bad experiences with tofu but this one was quite tasty :)


5 Vanessa @ Gourmet Runner March 2, 2012 at 8:20 am

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!


6 Christina @ The Athletarian March 2, 2012 at 9:02 am

It would probably work great with chicken! I thought about that too but I’ve been laying off the meat lately so I stuck with the tofu ;)


7 Wendy March 2, 2012 at 8:39 am

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!


8 Christina @ The Athletarian March 2, 2012 at 9:04 am

Awesome, Wendy! You can use the coating for chicken as well. It doesn’t have to be tofu. It will still be healthy and delicious :) Hope you have a great weekend too!


9 mallory March 2, 2012 at 9:00 am

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 Christina @ The Athletarian March 2, 2012 at 9:07 am

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 August 8, 2013 at 3:53 pm

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 :)


12 Jenn @ Run It My Way March 2, 2012 at 9:28 am

These look awesome! Haha I wonder if I could sneak them on my bf’s plate without him knowing what he was eating?? ;-)


13 Christina @ The Athletarian March 3, 2012 at 11:43 am

I think you totally could!! Dean tried it yesterday and approved :)


14 Danielle March 2, 2012 at 9:52 am

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!!


15 Christina @ The Athletarian March 3, 2012 at 11:44 am

Thanks for the vote!! Give it a try and let me know how the veggie thing goes! Maybe we can share recipes ;)


16 Ali Mc March 2, 2012 at 10:26 am

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 ;)


17 Christina @ The Athletarian March 3, 2012 at 11:44 am

Grilled cheese is soooo yummy!!!! Thanks for the votes :D I’m doing the same for you!!


18 Linzay @ brokerunner March 2, 2012 at 10:45 am

I am so making those soon!


19 Christina @ The Athletarian March 3, 2012 at 11:45 am

Let me know how they turn out if you end up trying them!! Thanks for the comment :)


20 Lindsey March 2, 2012 at 11:18 am

I love making baked chicken fingers at home – and will have to try it with tofu, great idea! I would have never even thought of it!


21 Christina @ The Athletarian March 3, 2012 at 11:45 am

The coating would probably be really delicious on chicken as well :D


22 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table March 2, 2012 at 12:18 pm

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?! :)


23 Christina @ The Athletarian March 3, 2012 at 11:46 am

Hahahaha PB and J never gets old…but bologna might!! I remember trying it when I was younger and it reminded me of hot dogs!! I’m so weird.


24 lisa@thedailyrundown March 2, 2012 at 12:32 pm

I’ve never prepared tofu, I don’t think I’ve ever eaten tofu. Boca burgers don’t count, right?
I’m going to try it this weekend. I really need some vegetarian protein sources.


25 Christina @ The Athletarian March 3, 2012 at 11:47 am

I’ve never tried Boca burgers! I don’t even know if we have them here… Tofu is good if it’s prepared right! Let me know what you think if you end up trying it!


26 Rachelle March 2, 2012 at 1:32 pm

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!


27 Christina @ The Athletarian March 3, 2012 at 11:47 am

We are obviously twins!! Except I really liked sweet and sour sauce. Ranch came in at a close second ;)


28 Jess @Blonde Ponytail March 2, 2012 at 1:39 pm

Thanks for sharing this clean recipe! YUM!


29 Christina @ The Athletarian March 3, 2012 at 11:48 am

You’re very welcome!! Hope you’re having a great weekend so far!! :D


30 Sonia the Mexigarian March 2, 2012 at 1:43 pm

I made the same recipe at home a little while ago. It was pretty good, and I don’t normally eat tofu :)


31 Christina @ The Athletarian March 3, 2012 at 11:48 am

Same! Tofu is pretty rare in my house but I picked some up just for this and will probably be making it again!


32 MegSmith @ Cooking.In.College March 2, 2012 at 3:46 pm

Yummy! Oats, tofu and kale chips. Sounds perfect!


33 Christina @ The Athletarian March 3, 2012 at 11:49 am

I know, right?? Some of the best things ever on that plate :P


34 Norma Chang March 2, 2012 at 4:57 pm

Your tofu fingers is a great idea. You mentioned in response 4 above that you had bad experience with tofu, I think you will have a good experience with my hoisin tofu. Here is the link: http://gardentowok.wordpress.com/2012/02/17/


35 Christina @ The Athletarian March 3, 2012 at 11:49 am

Thanks, Norma! I will check that out!


36 Meg March 2, 2012 at 9:06 pm

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 ;)


37 Christina @ The Athletarian March 3, 2012 at 11:50 am

Haha see that was probably supposed to be me. My Italian grandmother used to try and get me to eat it all the time but I never wanted it!! Now I like it though! Gnocchi and lasagna are my favourite :)


38 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin March 2, 2012 at 9:32 pm

I made this recipe too and loved it! Especially dunked in ketchup. :D

When I was younger I was obsessed with cheese tortellini with alfredo sauce.


39 Christina @ The Athletarian March 3, 2012 at 11:51 am

Ketchup just makes everything better!! Alfredo sauce is still so yummy! Why can’t it be full of wholesome and clean ingredients?!?! Haha…that’s what moderation is for :)


40 D May 14, 2013 at 9:23 am

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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