Sometimes you just need comfort food.
Comfort food doesn’t always have to be unhealthy and loaded with calories.
Todays recipe for Baked Chicken Fingers is a perfect example of how to enjoy comfort food without the calories. The hidden secret is baking instead of frying and using a lower calorie buttery spread.
This recipe only requires a few simple ingredients: chicken tenderloins, bread crumbs, light buttery spread, and water. Few ingredients = easy preparation. In a matter of minutes the chicken fingers can be assembled and ready for the oven.
What to pair with this recipe?
Well of course another comfort food that has undergone a healthy makeover like Chicken Broth Mashed Potatoes or Skinny Cauliflower Mac and Cheese. And don’t forget a veggie! My personal favorite vegetable recipe is Balsamic Broiled Brussel Sprouts.
For a well balanced meal aim for the chicken fingers to take up about 1/4 of your plate, the starch to be 1/4 of the plate, and lastly fill 1/2 of the plate with veggies.
What is your favorite comfort food?
Your family’s dietitian,
- 1 pound chicken tenderloins (can also buy breast and cut into tenderloins)
- 3/4 – 1 cup italian bread crumbs
- 3-4 tablespoons light buttery spread (ie. Smart Balance light)
- 1 cup water
- non-stick cooking spray