Citizen Reporter
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26 Oct 2021
11:23 am

Recipe of the day: Chicken fingers and French fries

Citizen Reporter

For a healthier alternative, you could use an air fryer to cook your chicken fingers and your homemade French fries.

Chicken fingers and French fries. Picture: iStock

Chicken fingers and french fries are the easiest meals to cook to make someone’s day.

Prepare this fun and tasty chicken fingers and French fries recipe for dinner tonight for yourself and the family to beat the gloomy weather.

For a healthier alternative, you could use an air fryer to cook both the chicken fingers and the French fries, or you could bake them in the oven.

Chicken fingers

Chicken fingers and french fries
Chicken fingers and French fries. Picture: iStock


  • 6 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves – cut into ½ inch strips
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 ½ teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 quart oil for frying

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  1. Place chicken strips into a large, resealable plastic bag. In a small bowl, mix the egg, buttermilk and garlic powder. Pour mixture into bag with chicken. Seal and refrigerate 2 to 4 hours.
  2. In another large, resealable plastic bag, mix together the flour, bread crumbs, salt and baking powder. Remove chicken from refrigerator, and drain, discarding buttermilk mixture. Place chicken in flour mixture bag. Seal, and shake to coat. 
  3. Heat oil in a large, heavy skillet to 190 degrees Celsius.
  4. Carefully place coated chicken in hot oil. Fry until golden brown and juices run clear. Drain on paper towels.

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Homemade French fries


  • 10 large russet potatoes, peeled and rinsed
  • 1 bottle of vegetable oil, can sub canola oil
  • Salt


  1. Slice the potatoes into ½ inch thick sticks. Using a French fry cutter makes this much easier.
  2. Soak the potato slices in cold water for a minimum of one hour, and up to overnight. The longer, the better as this process removes the starch which makes for extra crispy fries.
  3. Rinse the fries twice with cold water.
  4. Lay the fries on paper towels or a clean dishcloth and pat them as dry as possible.
  5. Heat oil in a deep fryer or dutch oven to 150 degrees Celsius. You’ll need to fry in about six batches, begin with a quart of oil and add more as needed. Frying too many at once makes them less crispy.
  6. Use a slotted spoon to add the potatoes to the oil and fry for about 5-6 minutes. The oil should bubble lightly, we’re only heating the potatoes, we don’t want them to crisp yet.
  7. Place the cooked potatoes on a paper towel lined plate and fry the rest of the remaining batches.
  8. Increase the heat to 204 degrees Celsius and fry each batch a second time until they are crisp and golden brown, about 5 minutes or so.
  9. Remove them and place them on dry paper towels. Sprinkle with salt as soon as they come out.
  10. Serve with ketchup or fry sauce and enjoy!

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