The Freshman Cook: Chicken Fingers Italiano/PublixFlavorExcursion2015

I have been a self titled aficionado of the chicken finger for quite some time. As a matter of fact, while most of my friends were craving ice cream or chocolate when they were pregnant, I craved chicken fingers. And not just any chicken fingers, but the kind served in bars, where they are deep fried and come with ranch and french fries. Fast forward almost 27 years, and my eating habits have improved, and these Chicken Fingers Italiano are what you will find on my kitchen table today!

I am celebrating theĀ Publix Flavor Excursion Sale Event with these Chicken Fingers Italiano! Stop by Publix during this special event, and check out their fun displays, recipes and some in-store savings!
I usedĀ Progresso Italian Style Bread Crumbs to bread the chicken strips,Ā Hunt’s Tomato Sauce and Hunt’s Diced Tomatoes with basil, garlic, and oregano for a dipping sauce, andĀ Kraft Finely Shredded Parmesan CheeseĀ  for a garnish on the chicken, and the alfredo dipping sauce.
Chicken Fingers Italiano
(printable recipe)
Chicken Breast (cut in to fingers)
2 Eggs
1 cup Flour
1 cup Progresso Italian Style Bread Crumbs
1 can Hunt’s Tomato Sauce
1 can Hunt’s Diced Tomatoes w/ Basil, Garlic, and Oregano
1 tablespoon Sugar
1 teaspoon Olive Oil
4 ounce Kraft Finely Shredded Parmesan Cheese
1/2 cup Heavy Duty Whipping Cream
1/2 teaspoon Lemon JuiceĀ 

Set up your “dredging station” as I call it. Take your chicken pieces and individually coat the chicken with flour, then drag it thru the egg until completely covered, and then put it on the bread crumbsĀ 
and then flip it over so both sides are covered.
Place your butter in your pan on medium heat to melt. Start cooking your chicken, flipping it over with tongs when needed. As it is done, take chicken out and set it on a plate.
While your chicken is frying, pour the tomato sauce and the diced tomatoes in to a sauce pan. While heating on medium heat, add the sugar and olive oil. Let simmer.
Melt your butter in a shallow pan. Pour the whipping cream in and add lemon juice. Add shredded parmesan. Bring the heat to high and stir constantly as the cheese begins to melt. Continue stirring until cheese is melted in to the sauce.
Once your chicken is done frying, it is time for the garnish. Put your chicken pieces back into the pan. Run a line of sauce done the middle of the chicken and garnish with parmesan cheese. Cover the pan so the cheese will melt a little.
Serve your chicken fingers with both the marinara sauce and the alfredo sauce. Enjoy!

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