It's chicken fingers done "Italian-Style."  My want-to-be-Italian father (no joke my Dad loves to try to speak Italian, look Italian and eat and drink like an Italian.  He even tries to pass me off as his little Italian daughter, even though we don't have a drop of Italian blood in us) will be very proud to see that I've taken a classic American fast food dish, and turned it into a gourmet Italian dinner.

And let me tell you, these little chicken dippers are delicious, or as my Dad would say "molto bene," which is very good in Italian, but I don't believe it's being used in the right context?  Clearly, we are impostors. You can serve the chicken dippers on their own, or over a bowl of pasta.  Either way, you're going to love them.

Chicken Parmesan Dippers
Total Time: 30 minutes
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes

What you'll need
1/4 cup flour
1 egg
1 cup Italian style panko bread crumbs
1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese 
4-5 (about 1/2 pound) boneless, skinless chicken tenders 
pasta of choice 
marinara sauce 

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
2. Add flour to a shallow bowl, in a separate shallow bowl whisk egg, and in a third shallow bowl, combine Italian style panko bread crumbs and parmesan cheese.  Mix well. 
3. Dredge chicken tenders in flour, then dip them in egg.  Finally, dredge tenders in the panko mixture until they are evenly coated.
4. Place tenders on a greased baking sheet.  Bake for 20 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. 
5. Serve with a side of warmed marinara sauce. 
6. For a heartier meal, serve over cooked pasta and marinara.  Enjoy!

01/18/2012 09:55

These look great! Like mini hand held chicken Parmesan and who doesn't like finger food?
That's cute about your dad lol. We all have our quirks and at least his is interesting :-P

01/18/2012 13:07

Agreed! Finger food is the best. And yes, I definitely can't complain about my Dad's "Italian-ness." As a result, I get to eat great food, drink wonderful wine and say things like meat-a-balls :)

09/20/2012 22:41

I agree the thing with her dad was cute! "Clearly, we are impostors." ^__^

This sounds delish. I tried baked mozzarella with a mixture of Panko and regular breadcrumbs but the Panko made the breading mixture not stick well. I might try this with normal Italian style breadcrumbs.

01/18/2012 10:28

Wow these look fantastic and cooked to perfection! Love your recipe :)

01/18/2012 13:08

Thanks Kelly!! It's always a pleasure hearing from you, and receiving your kind feedback

08/13/2012 00:25

My panko crumbs never come out goldeny browned like these, they always stay plain blah white....why is that?

08/13/2012 07:05

You can try browning them in a little bit of butter (about 1 to 2 tablespoons) on the stove top before baking them. If you do this, make sure your skillet is nice and hot before you add the chicken. Also, for these chicken strips make sure you are using Italian style panko breadcrumbs and not the plain panko. Hope this helps!

10/26/2012 10:47

Try drizzling some olive oil over them before popping them in the oven. This will usually make them a little crispier!

02/26/2013 19:40

It stays white because your oil is too cool.

08/15/2012 09:30

08/31/2012 09:36

Those look so good! I love when you can make for only two people because we don't like leftovers too much!

09/07/2012 15:17

Wow! These look yummmmy! I didn't realize they made Italian style panko! I hope I can find that! Looking forward to trying this! Btw, my husband took 4 years of German in high school, and he is 100% german. I think all he can say in German is "it's a great day for the German war machine"....must be something he learned at one time. It sounds very impressive when he says it, not so much when translated!

06/18/2013 11:18

OMG that's hilarious! All my older relatives spoke German, but wouldn't teach it to us. That way they could talk without the kids knowing what they were saying.

Penny wilkendorf
10/12/2012 18:27

10/29/2012 08:51

I only found reg panko, so i just got the italian bread crumbs; but i liled that u said we should fry in the pan for a lil bit. Going to try tonight.

11/18/2012 20:49

12/18/2012 18:22

I made these tonight. They were absolutely wonderful paired with pesto pasta. My fiancee ate it all. I turned the oven to broil for the last three minutes and that seemed to help them brown up a bit.

12/19/2012 12:20

I'm making these tonight for my son and hubby with Italian style breadcrumbs. Hopefully they turn out ok. I've been trying new recipes and so far they have all tasted pretty good. :)

12/27/2012 18:25

Made these tonight!!! Loved them and so did my husband. Great taste and easy, too.

12/30/2012 14:02

These were wonderful! I used regular panko bread crumbs and added some basil and garlic powder to them to make mire italian ;-) Baked on a greased wire rack and they were sooooo crispy! Bottom of chicken temds to get soggy in baking dish :) thanks!!!

01/06/2013 11:29

These look great! I love using panko to bread chicken. Yum!

ps - tell your dad it's "molto buono" :) buono for nouns, bene for verbs! can't wait to check out more of your blog!

01/07/2013 12:00

Thanks Ali! I'll definitely let him know :)

Penny Clementine
01/25/2013 17:18

Just made this tonight. This was delicious. The chicken was moist and the crust was just enough and not an overload of crunchy. Great recipe! Thanks!

06/18/2013 11:24

What are panko crumbs? I've made my own dried bread cubes. If I crush those fine & add Italian seaoning, will that work?

06/18/2013 11:25

What are panko crumbs? I've made my own dried bread cubes. If I crush those fine & add Italian seasoning, will that work?

06/18/2013 13:07

Yes, those will work too! I personally prefer panko because they make the breading a little crispier.

06/18/2013 19:08

Thanks. :)

04/14/2014 21:32

wonderful tappas..think I spelled that right...easiest way for panko crumbs is to heat them in a skillet on stovetop...might take 2 min..don't turn your back it's quick and then you use them cooled like bread crumbs...but they are are browned so you can use them in the oven instead of season them anyway you like

10/12/2014 16:57

I just made these and I had all of my ingredients out... followed all the directions (or so I thought) and the parm was still on the counter untouched! I forgot to add it!! :( perhaps next time I'll make them right?


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