Sesame Crusted Baked Chicken Fingers

Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time35 minutes

Roasted black sesame seeds and crispy panko create the perfect crunchy coating for these healthy baked chicken fingers.

Sesame Crusted Baked Chicken Fingers - The Lemon Bowl

Whenever we go to Costco, I always pick up a large pack of organic chicken breasts. While organic meat is a bit pricier, it’s a good incentive to keep portions in check and fill our plates with more vegetables than meat.

This time of year, I typically throw chicken on the grill or stir fry it to serve in Asian lettuce cups but my husband made a special request for chicken fingers which is when this recipe was born.

Sesame Crusted Baked Chicken Fingers with Sriracha Ketchup - The Lemon Bowl

Full disclosure: I ran out of bread crumbs and panko so I decided to fill the gap with one of my favorite Asian pantry staples, black roasted sesame seeds. It ended up being one of the best swaps I’ve ever made in the kitchen!

Sesame Panko Crusted Baked Chicken Fingers - The Lemon Bowl

Not only did the seeds add heart-healthy fats and a bit of protein but the crunchy texture was a pleasant surprise in these lean baked chicken fingers.

Sesame Baked Chicken Fingers - The Lemon Bowl

I’m a sucker for dipping chicken in sriracha ketchup but these would be equally delicious with your favorite barbecue sauce or even dipped in a little hoisin.

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Sesame Baked Chicken Fingers - The Lemon Bowl

Sesame Crusted Baked Chicken Fingers

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Roasted black sesame seeds and crispy panko create the perfect crunchy coating for these healthy baked chicken fingers.
PREP: 20 minutes
COOK: 15 minutes
TOTAL: 35 minutes
Servings4

Ingredients
 

  • 24 ounces chicken breasts (boneless skinless cut in strips)
  • 2 cups panko bread crumbs
  • ½ cup roasted black sesame seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup hoisin sauce
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce (low sodium)
  • 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • sriracha mixed with ketchup (optional dipping sauce)

Instructions
 

  • Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees and lay a metal cooling rack flat on top of a baking sheet. Spray cooling rack with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
  • In a shallow baking dish or pie plate, mix together panko bread crumbs, sesame seeds and salt.
  • Whisk together hoisin, soy sauce and mustard in a small bowl. Using a small brush, coat all sides of the chicken strips with a thin layer of the hoisin sauce.
  • Working in batches, add the hoisin-coated chicken to the pan with the panko and sesame seeds. Press chicken into mixture until all sides are evenly coated. Place chicken strips on cooling rack inside the baking sheet.
  • Bake for 15 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. Serve as is or with sriracha mixed with ketchup for a sweet and spicy dipping sauce.

Nutrition

Calories: 388kcalCarbohydrates: 36.7gProtein: 40.9gFat: 10.3gSaturated Fat: 1.2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 9.1gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 90mgSodium: 967mgFiber: 2.5gSugar: 10g

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32 responses to “Sesame Crusted Baked Chicken Fingers”

  1. Kori Avatar
    Kori

    I love when I accidentally discover something awesome when having to improvise in the kitchen! One of the things I would like to do is incorporate more sesame seeds into our meals at home, so this looks perfect! Also, I am going to mimick what Erin said that your nails look awesome! You always have such fun maniucures. :)

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Awww thank you so much Kori!!!

  2. Tanya K Avatar
    Tanya K

    These look amazing! Any idea if they would be good the next day cold? Thanks in advance!

  3. Phi @ The Sweetphi Blog Avatar
    Phi @ The Sweetphi Blog

    YUM! This looks like such a fantastic recipe! My hubby loves sesame seeds, so I’m definitely going to need to make these! I also buy my chicken at Costco, so I know how pricey it can be, love the way you said it’s a good way to keep portions in check, i never thought of that, but it’s 100% true!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Yes it really is!! When I started eating more organic meats I changed my thinking. :)

  4. Gaby Avatar
    Gaby

    This is brilliant! I can’t wait to try it!

  5. Maralyn Woods Avatar
    Maralyn Woods

    This looks delish! Love the nail polish and I can’t thank you enough for the nutritional information. You rock.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Oh thank you so much Maralyn! So glad you like it!

  6. Courtney @ Neighborfood Avatar
    Courtney @ Neighborfood

    I love happy accidents like this. Such a great idea to add sesame to these!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      You and me both – thanks Courtney!

  7. Sues Avatar
    Sues

    I love the black sesame seeds- they look awesome. I also love your nails!!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Aww thank you Sue!!

  8. Zainab Avatar
    Zainab

    I love love these chicken fingers! What a great idea for sesame crust :)

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Thanks so much friend! I love happy accidents!

  9. Alyssa (Everyday Maven) Avatar
    Alyssa (Everyday Maven)

    I love accidental favorite recipes. These are so striking to look at Liz – they would make the perfect party food!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      You know I was thinking they would too!! Little finger foods. :) Thanks friend!

  10. Thalia @ butter and brioche Avatar
    Thalia @ butter and brioche

    ooh these chicken fingers look delicious, love the sesame crust! that sriracha ketchup sounds amazing too – shame its so hard to get my hands on sriracha in Australia, i seriously love the stuff!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Oh man it is?? Well any hot sauce would work I bet!!

  11. Kathi @ Deliciously Yum! Avatar
    Kathi @ Deliciously Yum!

    Some of the best recipes are born when I run out of things and have to find substitutions :). Such a great idea to swap sesame seeds – I bet these chicken fingers taste incredible!!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      That is seriously so true!! I also think my best meals are “clean out the fridge meals”.

  12. Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy Living Avatar
    Jeanette | Jeanette’s Healthy Living

    Love the black sesame seeds and that dipping sauce sounds awesome!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I am a sucker for sriracha!!

  13. Angie | Big Bear's Wife Avatar
    Angie | Big Bear’s Wife

    I’m going to be on the lookout for black roasted sesame seeds now!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Yes let me know if you see them!!! They are at my usual grocery store.

  14. Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet Avatar
    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet

    These look so pretty! Love the black sesame seeds! Pinned!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Aww thank you so much Anna!!

  15. Matt Robinson Avatar
    Matt Robinson

    Absolutely awesome, can’t wait to make these chicken fingers soon!!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I hope you like them Matt! Can we trade for your fab tacos?

  16. Ali | Gimme Some Oven Avatar
    Ali | Gimme Some Oven

    I can’t get over how pretty these are. And cheers to organic Costco chicken — love that stuff! :)

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Aww thank you!! It was totally a fluke because I ran out of panko – haha. Costco is the best. :) xo

  17. Erin | The Law Student's Wife Avatar
    Erin | The Law Student’s Wife

    Totally loving that sesame crust (and your nails!)

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      hahah Thank you!!! I am a sucker for fun nail colors.

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