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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.

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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.


Cashew Crusted Chicken Fingers

  • Author: Davida Lederle
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Bake
  • Diet: Gluten Free


  • 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


  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.

*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. Want to make your own cashew flour? Check out this post teaching you how to make your own nut flours


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  • 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!

    • Reply
      Davida Kugelmass
      April 10, 2016 at 8:18 pm

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

  • Reply
    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
      Davida Kugelmass
      March 20, 2016 at 2:54 pm

      Absolutely! I’ve done it before!

  • Reply
    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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    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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    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!

  • Reply
    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.

    • Reply
      Davida Kugelmass
      July 8, 2015 at 6:41 am

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

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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?

    • Reply
      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!

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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 😀

    • Reply
      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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