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Oven baked chicken fingers are served with a spicy avocado and sour cream sauce.

Chicken Fingers with Spicy Avocado Sauce on Taste and Tell



I have read that the number one pregnancy craving is ice cream. But it hasn’t been for me. In fact, I’m sure that my husband has eaten way more ice cream than I have through this pregnancy. Although my likes/cravings for sweets is slowly coming back, I still am craving savory and spicy more than anything. In fact, my favorite pregnancy indulgence has been this – take a plate and layer a single layer of tortilla chips on top. Sprinkle liberally with shredded cheddar cheese (I’m loving really sharp cheddar right now) and melt in the microwave for 30 seconds or until the cheese is melted and bubbly. Then pile pickled jalepeños on top. The more, the better. Now, I have read a few food blogs that abhor pickled jalepeños. You know, like the ones you get on top of your nachos at the ball park. But I can’t get enough of them. And I will full-on admit that I loved them even before pregnancy, but I love them even more now. So when I ran across this recipe that includes pickled jalepeños, even if it is only 2 tablespoons, I knew I had to make it.

I’m loving this cookbook more and more every time I look through it. It really is right up my alley- quick, simple weeknight meals, but packed with flavor. I know I’ve been a Rachael Ray advocate, and I still am, but I will be the first to admit that most of her “30-minute meals” take more than 30 minutes. Not a whole lot more, but I scramble to get them done that fast. But these recipes – even though I’ve only tried 2 so far – really are fast. This one probably took right at 30 minutes, but 20 minutes of that time was just baking in the oven.

I will say that the avocado sauce probably makes way more than what you will need just for dipping the chicken in. But I didn’t complain, because I ate the leftover sauce like guacamole (which it basically is just a version of guacamole) and liked it even better that way. But then again, I’m always a sucker for a good dip.

I really wanted to try these with Panko, but realized that I was out, so I just made my own whole wheat bread crumbs. Super easy – I included the instructions below – and I like the fresh breadcrumbs way better than the ones you buy at the store. But feel free to substitute what you want or what you have on hand.



Chicken Fingers with Spicy Avocado Sauce

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Chicken Fingers with Spicy Avocado Sauce

Oven baked chicken fingers are served with a spicy avocado and sour cream sauce.

Ingredients

    For the Chicken Fingers
  • 2/3 cup whole wheat bread crumbs*
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/4 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into thin strips
  • For the Spicy Avocado Sauce
  • 2 small avocados, pitted and peeled
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons minced pickled jalepeños
  • Juice from 1/2 small lime
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce, or more to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400F. Coat a large baking sheet with cooking spray.
  2. Combine the bread crumbs, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, thyme, paprika, salt and pepper in a shallow dish. Mix well. Dip the chicken strips in to coat evenly, and tap off the excess. Lay the chicken strips on the prepared baking sheet in a single layer. Spray the tops with cooking spray. Cook until golden brown and cooked through, about 20 minutes.
  3. In a medium bowl, mash the avocado and sour cream together with a fork. Fold in the jalepeños, lime juice, cilantro and hot sauce, then season to taste with salt and pepper.
  4. Serve the chicken fingers with the avocado sauce on the side for dipping.

Notes

*To make whole wheat bread crumbs, take a slice of whole wheat bread and put it into a food processor. Process until it makes fine crumbs. I only needed one slice of bread to make the amount of crumbs needed. Feel free to substitute prepared bread crumbs.

adapted from Quick Fix Meals

http://www.tasteandtellblog.com/cookbook-of-the-month-recipe-chicken-fingers-with-spicy-avocado-sauce/

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44 Responses to Chicken Fingers with Spicy Avocado Sauce {Cookbook of the Month Recipe}

  1. kat says:

    I never thought of serving chicken fingers with something like guac, what a good idea

  2. Mary says:

    Deb,

    What a nice recipe. Your photo is terrific. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Mary says:

    whoa these look delicious! I’ve been wondering how that cookbook was. I might have to see if it’s at the library!

  4. veron says:

    I love the looks of that chicken finger..and I have never tried it with guacamole..sounds terrific!

  5. Patsyk says:

    I’ve got that cookbook and I think I’ve only made one thing from it so far!

    I’ll be marking these since your picture really makes them look delicious!

  6. ashley says:

    nice! looks great!

  7. Happy cook says:

    Hi hi i am not pregnant at all, but you can give me those delicious chicken fingers any time.
    Beautiful pic too

  8. noble pig says:

    Pregnancy cravings are a gift from God, except if you are unable to satisfy them! It is so wonderful to indulge without the guilt, for me I was crazy, I wanted rainbow sprinkles on everything including savory dishes!

  9. Colloquial Cook says:

    Thanks for this recipe for chicken fingers where you don’t actually have to go through all the mess of dipping in flour, egg, etc… I have never dared to try without the sticky coating, but you’re giving me the thumbs up!! Thanks Deb!

  10. Sylvie says:

    I have no problem with pickled jalapenos from a jar, so this recipe looks brilliant to me.

  11. Erin says:

    That chicken looks so good. I would have never thought to make that type of sauce with it, but I sure want to try it now!

  12. Patricia Scarpin says:

    Deb, I have got to start using avocados in savory recipes – this is mouthwatering and the chicken looks so crispy!

  13. kamailesfood says:

    These sound tasty. If it’s got avocado in it, I’m there!

  14. Ben says:

    Nice picture, and that avocado salsa sounds interesting. The addition of sour cream is yummy.

  15. The Mediocre Cook says:

    These look simple and really tasty. I might even be able to get my son to eat these (minus the spicy avocado sauce).

  16. kellypea says:

    You’re killin’ me. I LOVE tons of jalapenos on my “nachos.” In fact, I just emailed my husband and said that’s what we’re having for dinner, so thanks for the idea. At least I’m reading earlier when I can do something about it, right? Nothing like getting that baby of yours ready for spicy food early on, huh? ;)

  17. Mrs. L says:

    I’m another pickled jalapeno lover. Can’t have a pizza without them (and I’ve had JUST pickled jalapeno’s on my pizza!). This guac dip sounds like it would be great on a lot of things.

  18. giz says:

    I’m really wondering if that baby is coming out breathing fire?

  19. dobetter says:

    Your chicken looks perfect! Your little one will love it when he/she’s older!

  20. Shandy says:

    I love that the cookbook recipes are truly 30 minutes! During the week, time is so limited. Your pictures look beautiful and I love the avocado dip with the chicken, Yum =D

  21. Bellini Valli says:

    I love the twist on this dish Deborah:D

  22. Grace says:

    i’ve heard of phantom pregnancies, but not phantom ice cream cravings. :)
    that sauce is amazing–the thought of fired-up avocado combined with cilantro is enough to make me weak in the knees. :)

  23. Prudy says:

    They look delicious, and the whole wheat crumbs are a good little boost. I’ll take hot peppers in any form. Love them, although when I was pregnant my three great loves were tangerines, cauliflower, and chocolate chip ice cream.

  24. CECIL says:

    I love chicken fingers and guacamole, just never put two together. Now, I will sure do. Love your photos!

  25. Candy says:

    Looks great! I did avocados today too. Great minds think alike!

  26. PheMom says:

    That is hilarious about the jalapenos! The chicken sure sounds great and looks awesome too!

  27. Amanda at Little Foodies says:

    That chicken and avacado dip looks perfect delicious!

    I craved really hot chilli when pregnant both times. I used to add seriously hot chilli sauce to almost everthing I ate.

  28. Maria says:

    glad you are enjoying a good go to snack! Nachos are always tasty. I will have to try some of the recipes on this book.

  29. Jules says:

    My friend is expecting twins and is craving chocolate. Her handbag is constantly full of chocolate bars.

    I really like the sound of both the chicken fingers and avocado sauce.

  30. chuck says:

    My wife craved dill pickles when she was pregnant.

    Mmmm. I bet those chicken fingers would be wonderful with that spicy avocado sauce. my mouth is starting to water.

  31. Nate-n-Annie says:

    Breadcrumbs made fresh are always better. They’re lighter and fluffier and you don’t need to use as much.

  32. Peabody says:

    Another great dinner idea that my husband will eat!

  33. Sarah says:

    Funny thing! My husband has a much more of an ice cream craving during my pregnancy than I do too. These chicken fingers would better serve my cravings too. Mmmm!

  34. Nina Timm says:

    I find pregnancy cravings most interesting…..mine was ice!!!!Thank God I was pregnant in summer…..I love the look of the chicken fingers…..

  35. lemon_tart says:

    That looks great – I love absolutely anything with avocado.

  36. Sophie says:

    Hearing about your cravings is giving me a craving :D! These look super crunchy, just the way I like chicken fingers to be. Love the photo, too :).

  37. Paula says:

    This would be a hit in my house! When I was pregnant with my wee one, I craved spicy foods more than anything else. I think that’s why she’s such a little firecracker (in a good way!) :-)

  38. Dhanggit says:

    these are irresistable Deborah!! yummy and your photograph magnificent :-)

  39. mimi says:

    i have to admit, i am a sucker for chicken fingers and these look great!!

  40. [eatingclub] vancouver || js says:

    Oh my goodness, I want these chicken fingers. The spicy avocado sauce just seals the deal. These are amazing!

  41. Rosie says:

    Your chicken fingers and Avocado sauce would be a huge hit in my household. Your photo is terrific!

    Rosie x

  42. TrishH says:

    I waited all week to make these.
    My husband loved it. I might have to add chipotole pepper to the fingers, but it was very tasty.

    I have added it to my Cookbook Binder. :)

  43. Teresa says:

    My picky daughter LOVED this recipe. We’ve had it twice in one week (mostly so she’d stop begging for it! LOL!)Of course she stayed away from the sauce, but I loved it. Great recipe!

  44. Michelle says:

    Love the idea of combining avocado with chicken. Must. Try. It.

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