Lemon Pepper Oven Fried Chicken Fingers and a Giveaway!


November 1, 2010 by Dana

November is here!  You know what that means?

Thanksgiving? Election Day??  Cookie Monster’s Birthday???  No, no, and no!

Well, actually, yes, yes, and yes…. But there’s something even better!  Something you’ve been waiting for your whole life!… or at least since October 22

It’s Reader Appreciation Month on Food for Thought!  Brace yourself for a month full of giveaways, FFT’s first ever guest post, and magic!

That’s right… magic.  Something truly impossible.  Something you never even imagined in your wildest dreams: something easy, healthy, crispy, flavorful and delicious… all in one recipe!

What is this magical recipe, you ask?? Oven Fried Chicken Fingers!


1 1/4 lb chicken breast tenders
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 egg
1 tablespoon water
1.5 cups Progresso® Lemon Pepper panko crispy bread crumbs

I received the Lemon Pepper Panko Crumbs in a prize pack provided by General Mills and MyBlogSpark, along with an autographed copy of chef Chiarello’s new cookbook: Michael Chiarello’s Bottega. The lemon pepper gives the chicken such a flavorful kick that I would definitely recommend it, but you can cerytainly use any flavor panko bread crumbs.  Try these chicken fingers with the Italian flavor panko crumbs, or use the plain panko crumbs and add your own seasonings for a twist!


1. Heat oven to 425°F. Line baking sheet with foil; spray with cooking spray.

2. In shallow dish, place flour. Coat chicken with flour. In another shallow dish, mix egg and water.

Dip chicken in egg mixture. Pour panko breadcrumbs into another shallow bowl. Dip chicken in bread crumb mixture. Place on baking sheet.

3. Bake 15 to 20 minutes, turning once, until chicken is no longer pink and coating is golden brown.

This recipe, based on this one from Michael Chiarello and Progresso,  is so quick and easy, and results in super moist tenders with the perfect crispy coating!

I’ve certainly made my share of oven “fried” chicken fingers, but I’ve never been able to replicate the crunchy coating that really makes them taste fried.  These panko crumbs are the key!  Since they are already crunchy on their own, they don’t turn to mush when baked.

Today, in the first giveaway of Reader Appreciation Month, you can win your very own gift pack from General Mills and MyBlogSpark,  including one package of Progresso Lemon Pepper Panko and an autographed copy of chef Chiarello’s new cookbook: Michael Chiarello’s Bottega.

To enter, simply leave a comment telling me what type of dish you would create with Progresso Lemon Pepper Panko.

Optional: If you are feeling ambitious, leave a separate comment for each of the following things that you do for one additional entry per comment:

  • Subscribe to Food for Thought by email
  • Subscribe to my RSS feed
  • Follow me on Twitter
  • Tweet the following:   @danacooks is hosting a Lemon Pepper Panko and Michael Chiarello’s Bottega cookbook giveaway! http://wp.me/pW0Ec-Ax #myblogspark

You may enter any time until Sunday, November 7 at midnight.  Winners will be announced on Monday.  Good luck!

49 thoughts on “Lemon Pepper Oven Fried Chicken Fingers and a Giveaway!

  1. Veronica says:

    I love making “fried” stuff in the oven with panko! I would use those bread crumbs on fish since fish and lemon pepper pair so nicely together. Oooooh, I can taste it now!

  2. Veronica says:

    I subscribe by email

  3. Veronica says:

    I now follow you on twitter

  4. Veronica says:

    and I tweeted your giveaway!

  5. Victoria says:

    I would love to use this on fish or maybe a topping for baked scallops!

  6. Victoria says:

    I subscribe to your feed already :)

  7. Faith says:

    Your chicken fingers look delicious! I’d be all over those with BBQ for dipping. :) Thanks for hosting this giveaway! If I win, I think I’ll make lemon-pepper crusted zucchini…yum!

  8. Faith says:

    I’m an email subscriber :)

  9. Victoria says:

    I follow you on Twitter!

  10. Faith says:

    And an RSS subscriber :)

  11. Mmmm. This looks really good! Love Panko. I’m the worst at non mushy tenders.

  12. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Victoria K. and Veronica Miller, Dana Cavooris. Dana Cavooris said: Lemon Pepper Oven Fried Chicken Fingers and a Giveaway!: http://wp.me/pW0Ec-Ax […]

  13. Cookie Monster’s b-day? Awesome. Great recipe – love the lemon and that it’s baked!

  14. Susan says:

    I would use the panko to make “fried” mahi mahi :)

  15. Susan says:

    Already subscribe to email

  16. Susan says:

    Already subscribe to RSS feed

  17. Susan says:

    Have no idea how to tweet :(

  18. I’d make Pork Chops with it.
    flophasit at yahoo dot com

  19. I follow – I’m @win_giveaways on twitter.
    flophasit at yahoo dot com

  20. I tweeted:

  21. I subscribed.
    flophasit at yahoo dot com

  22. I can see this used on fish with the lemon, but I don’t like fish so no go here. I LOVE that you used it with chicken nuggets, it sounds delicious! I haven’t seen the lemon but I will keep an eye out! Thanks!

    Great giveaway!

  23. I am a subscriber by email! Thanks!

  24. A salmon crusted dish is in my future if I win!

  25. Already Subscribe to RSS feed

  26. Following you on Twitter already

  27. tweeted as well from cheapethniceatz

  28. KeepItSweet says:

    i’d make a healthy chicken finger dish!

  29. woah the possibilities are endless…but I have been dying to make onion rings. I would totally make onion rings!

  30. I would totally copy you and make these chicken fingers. Yum!

  31. Rhonda says:

    This post was so timely since I just started my healthy eating journey this month. Naturally when you say lemon pepper, fish comes to mind. But I thought some JoJo potatoes (that’s what Northwesterner’s call battered potato wedges)would be sublime with the lemon pepper crust. Too bad rural Montanians don’t get grocery goods like that….in other words, hope I win cause I’d be the only person in town to have lemon pepper panko bread crumbs by Progresso.

  32. Tes says:

    I love the yummy sancks that are healthy and delicious at the same time. I love this recipe and I know if I make this my son will finish the whole plate instantly. I can’t wait to make these crispy chicken fingers :)

  33. Monet says:

    What a wonderful recipe! My husband and I like chicken fingers, but we are terrified of deep frying. This would be a great recipe to try. I would love to use those breadcrumbs on this chicken…but also on tilapia. I can imagine a delicious fish sandwich!

  34. Ashley H. says:

    I’d probably make some kind of fish dish.

  35. Cindy says:

    Wow, something yummy and not so oily,
    For the lemon pepper panko,
    I think I’ll use it for tempura batter or chicken parmesan, gonna be so good!

  36. Maureen says:

    I think that I would make some breaded veggies so that my nephew who doesn’t care for veggies would eat them. He loves all things breaded.

  37. Judy says:

    I would make oven-fried grouper with the lemon-pepper panko. Yumm, I can taste it now.

  38. I love panko. I’ve always wanted to try salmon with panko and I think the lemon would be great, so I would try that!

  39. Joan says:

    I would make some panko crusted lemon pepper catfish.
    joosbornenc at yahoo dot com

  40. Joan says:

    I follow you on twitter as @southerncooker
    joosbornenc at yahoo dot com

  41. Joanne says:

    Reader Appreciation Month sounds super fun! I love the tanginess of the lemon pepper combo. These chicken fingers sound mouth-wateringly good.

    Hmm with the panko I would make some kind of stuffing for a pork tenderloin!

  42. Nicole says:

    I would make a meatloaf with ground turkey!

  43. January says:

    hurray for an easy chicken dish that i can do at home! :)

  44. JodieMo says:

    Oh I love oven fried chicken and panko! And Micheal Chiarello! Nice post, Dana!

  45. JodieMo says:

    I tweeted too! ;)

  46. […] am a delinquent!  I was supposed to announce the Lemon Pepper Panko Giveaway Winner AND post a guest post from my friend Jill while I was out of the country last week, and I […]

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