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Cashew Crusted Chicken Fingers

June 30, 2015

These baked Cashew Crusted Chicken Fingers are perfect for a family friendly weeknight meal or a game day appetizer! They require just 6 ingredients and are ready in less than 30 minutes. 

These baked Cashew Crusted Chicken Fingers are perfect for a family friendly weeknight meal or a game day appetizer! They require just 6 ingredients and are ready in less than 30 minutes. Healthy Chicken Fingers never tasted so good.I went on an abrupt kind of hiatus there didn’t I? It totally was not intentional and in fact I had recipes lined up for dayz but everytime I sat down at my computer to write, nothing came to me. It’s in these moments that I realize I just need to respect the process and take a step back.

In theory I really shouldn’t have any trouble writing. Despite travelling to Banff (recap coming soon!) and the overwhelming craziness that is life, I have found myself with moments of downtime that should have allowed for me to stay on top of blogging. But that apparently was not enough to provide inspiration.

As I get older I am becoming far more aware of my internal battle to do more, while also accepting that sometimes less truly is more.

Less is more…Watch this short video to learn how to make these Baked Cashew Crusted Chicken Fingers!


Take these cashew crusted chicken fingers as an example. They’re made with just 6 ingredients and they really could not get more basic. They make an appearance on our weekly menu at least once a week and I often serve them with just a simple side salad and some roasted potaters. Sometimes less is more.

Or how about this post? It was scheduled to go live last week because I’m “supposed” to be posting 3-4 days a week. But life happened and I’m fairly certain that my lack of posting didn’t break the internet. Sometimes less is more.These baked Cashew Crusted Chicken Fingers are perfect for a family friendly weeknight meal or a game day appetizer! They require just 6 ingredients and are ready in less than 30 minutes.

And let’s take a second to acknowledge how uncharacteristically short this post is. I don’t “need” for posts to tell a full-length story filled with all of the details of my life. Because you guessed it, sometimes less is more.

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Cashew Crusted Chicken Fingers

Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 30 mins

Ingredients

  • 2 large chicken breasts
  • 1 large egg
  • 2/3 cup cashew meal*
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Chop chicken breasts into strips.
  3. Beat egg in a large bowl.
  4. In a separate bowl combine cashew meal and spices.
  5. Dip 1 strip into egg with left hand and place into cashew meal mixture and mix to coat with right hand.
  6. Place onto a a parchment or silicone-lined baking sheet.
  7. Repeat with remaining strips.
  8. Bake for 20 minutes.

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Notes

*Use this recipe for cashew meal or purchase here.

These baked Cashew Crusted Chicken Fingers are perfect for a family friendly weeknight meal or a game day appetizer! They require just 6 ingredients and are ready in less than 30 minutes. Tell me your less is more story! Keep it short though 😉

 

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  • Reply
    Pip {Cherries & Chisme}
    June 30, 2015 at 5:36 am

    Oh YUM. I made a similar version of these a while back but with almond meal and they were soooo good with sweet potato fries and avocado – my kinda comfort food.
    Good to have you back 🙂
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      Davida Kugelmass
      July 8, 2015 at 6:27 am

      My kind of comfort food too! We basically eat the same diet. I like your style 😉

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    Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health
    June 30, 2015 at 7:36 am

    these look wonderful, i wonder if i can try with almonds because i need to get rid of some of those. i dont have any stories to tell right now,,also i woke up late so should ideally be getting ready for work but here i am drooling at chicken. such is life 😛
    Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health recently posted…25 Recipes for 4th of July

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      Davida Kugelmass
      July 8, 2015 at 6:29 am

      Yup! No problemo on the almond meal. I’ve made em’ with both cashew and almond meal and both are equally delicious 🙂 Hope you got to work on time but I don’t blame you for wanting to stare at these instead lol

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    Lee
    June 30, 2015 at 8:04 am

    These look INSANE. One day we will be neighbors aka sister wives and life will be good.
    Lee recently posted…Chicken Fajita Breakfast Bake + Giveaway

    • Reply
      Davida Kugelmass
      July 8, 2015 at 6:29 am

      I can’t wait to have more of you and california in my life werkjwerwefwfweg

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    Megan @ Straight From The Jar
    June 30, 2015 at 8:47 am

    Can’t wait to read about your trip to Banff! These look absolutely amaze-balls. YUM.
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    Michele @ paleorunningmomma
    June 30, 2015 at 9:15 am

    I’ve made something similar and my whole family appreciates it for a grain free “breaded” option. I’m a cashew fan and will definitely try it this way 🙂
    Michele @ paleorunningmomma recently posted…Maple Citrus Fruit Salad – Low FODMAP

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    Ashley @ A Lady Goes West
    June 30, 2015 at 9:31 am

    Healthy fried chicken fingers? Yes, please! My husband would LOVE these, as would I. And when it comes to ingredients in a recipe, I always go with the “less is more” approach. Thanks for sharing, Davida! 🙂
    Ashley @ A Lady Goes West recently posted…How to learn Les Mills group fitness releases

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    Kim@Kim's Cravings
    June 30, 2015 at 9:42 am

    Oh my goodness- those look mouth-watering delicious! I’ve tried almond flour, but never cashew flour and mine never came out looking that wonderful!
    Kim@Kim’s Cravings recently posted…20 Healthy Dip Recipes for Summer Celebrations

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    Nancy
    June 30, 2015 at 10:00 am

    What would you recommend for an egg replacement here? (allergic to eggs)
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      Davida Kugelmass
      July 8, 2015 at 6:51 am

      You can try a flax egg or chia egg! May not be as efficient but it should still do the trick!

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    Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl
    June 30, 2015 at 10:38 am

    Yum!! I am totally trying these while I’m trying out paleo!
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    Dani @ DaniCaliforniaCooks
    June 30, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    Love the healthy takes on classic comfort food. I may try doing this with cornmeal, just because I love the flavor/texture!
    Dani @ DaniCaliforniaCooks recently posted…Paleo Peach & Ginger Muffins

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    Ann
    June 30, 2015 at 5:10 pm

    Today’s potato salad: boiled potatoes, zucchini chunks, pesto rosso. Less is more! 😉

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    Selena @ thenutritiouskitchen.com
    July 1, 2015 at 1:21 am

    It’s so true, sometimes less is more and honestly Davida even your most simplest of posts end up being a great read/delicious recipe. These cashew crusted chicken fingers could not be more simple and I could not be more in love with them! Pinning and making asap!

    • Reply
      Davida Kugelmass
      July 8, 2015 at 6:36 am

      Aw thanks lady! I’m just letting the food speak for itself this time 😉

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    GiselleR @ Diary of an ExSloth
    July 1, 2015 at 11:48 am

    I went on a blogging hiatus a couple weeks ago and although I’m back to posting, it isn’t with the same frequency as before. I’m pretty sure it’s because I actually get outside and LIVE a lot more during the summer. But, whatever the reason, I’ve really enjoyed the break.
    Also, need these chicken fingers in my life 😀
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      Davida Kugelmass
      July 8, 2015 at 6:39 am

      Best lesson I learned in blogging: the internet doesn’t break when you’re not on it! Breaks are so key. I’m happy you’re finding your balance too! xoxo

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    Cassie @ Almost Getting it Together
    July 1, 2015 at 12:20 pm

    Remind me to talk to you about the feeling over being overwhelmed and totally kind of shutting down because of it. I do the same thing. I also once dated a boy in HS for like, a month, who only ate chicken fingers. Gah, can you imagine me doing that now?
    Cassie @ Almost Getting it Together recently posted…Yoga for Runners – Christine Bullock’s Fave Five Poses for Runners

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      Davida Kugelmass
      July 8, 2015 at 6:40 am

      WHAT? I need to hear more about this story. Also I need to talk to you ASAP. It’s actually getting ridiculous and entirely my fault. If only less is more applied to paying my bills 🙁 Need to chat soon!

  • Reply
    Simple Lemon Garlic Broiled Chicken - The Nutritious Kitchen
    July 1, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    […] the foodie in me needs a break, its basic recipes like this chicken that come in handy. As Davida put it in her post the other day, “less is more”. I could not agree more with this girl […]

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    Arman @ thebigmansworld
    July 1, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    How dare you not write a full story for us and recap every moment of your day. Who do you think you are?

    Hi. Not going to lie, I’ve noticed these beauties next to cauliflower and potatoes and it’s about time you shared it. Also, cumin. Hi cumin.
    Arman @ thebigmansworld recently posted…Healthy No Bake Ferrero Rocher Bites

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      Davida Kugelmass
      July 8, 2015 at 6:41 am

      chicken fingers, potatoes and cauliflower – my entire diet. Sprinkled in cumin.

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    Sabrina @ Nutritiously Sweet
    July 1, 2015 at 5:15 pm

    Genius idea! I love cashews in Jasmine rice but never thought to crust something in it, looks delicious!

    • Reply
      Davida Kugelmass
      July 8, 2015 at 6:34 am

      I love cashews in rice too! Actually I just love cashews period. I could snack on them all day…so dangerous!

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    Jessica Wood
    November 2, 2015 at 9:53 am

    I’m stumbling across your blog and it’s basically love at first sight! I have a new born that is sensitive to dairy and we’re breastfeeding. It gets tough trying to come up with dairy free meals that the rest of the family will love too. Can’t wait to try these! Ten bucks says my picky 2 year old will even like them!

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      Davida Kugelmass
      November 3, 2015 at 9:15 am

      Aw thank you, Jessica! I’m so happy you’ve been enjoying THM! I guarantee you your picky 2 year old will love them. They’re always a hit with the kiddos!

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    Paige
    February 21, 2016 at 10:46 am

    Hi!! Awesome post, thank you for sharing! The video was super helpful, too! Do you think the consistency would work with whole wheat flour? Have only that and oats I could grind into flour but really want to make this tonight! Thanks! Xoxo

    • Reply
      Davida Kugelmass
      February 21, 2016 at 11:34 am

      yup! Should work. I personally prefer the texture of the nuts but whole wheat flour will work!

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    kate
    March 20, 2016 at 2:50 pm

    Could I make a bunch of these to freeze and use as a quick lunch to heat up? Do they freeze well? Y’know, like homemade frozen chicken fingers? 🙂

  • Reply
    Natalie @muffinsandmiles
    April 10, 2016 at 8:09 pm

    These look SO good! I never know what to do with chicken and I’m SO bored with plain baked chicken breast. These are definitely going into the cooking rotation!
    Natalie @muffinsandmiles recently posted…Blueberry Chia Jam

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      Davida Kugelmass
      April 10, 2016 at 8:18 pm

      you will love these! A great way to spice up chicken, for sure!

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