The secret has been circulating around the Internet for a few years now that the secret ingredient in Chick-fil-A’s delicious chicken is pickle juice. I’ve previously made a copycat version of their chicken sandwich, and this week, I decided to try it in chicken strip form.
I also wanted a slightly crunchier exterior, so I used whole wheat Panko this time, instead of flour. They were absolute perfection! My kids loved them too, and I felt great about giving them these baked, healthier chicken strips instead of the greasy, oily, and non-nutritional kind that the restaurant serves.
And at just 3 Points for 3 chicken strips, this recipe makes an ideal Weight Watchers lunch. So instead of hitting up Chick-fil-A, try making this recipe at home, and save yourself some Smart Points!
- 12 chicken tenders (or skinless breasts cut into strips - about 1 1/4 lbs)
- 1 1/2 cups dill pickle juice (enough to cover the chicken)
- 1 cup whole wheat Panko breadcrumbs
- 1 egg
- 1 egg white
- 1 tsp dried parsley
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1/4 tsp dried mustard
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- In a large bowl, place chicken tender and pickle juice. Cover and refrigerate for 8-12 hours.
- Preheat oven to 425, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Mist with cooking oil.
- Combine egg and egg white in a small, shallow bowl. In another shallow bowl, combine the Panko and the seasonings.
- Remove the chicken from the pickle juice, and pat dry with paper towels. One by one, dip each chicken strip in the egg, shake to remove excess, and then dip into the breadcrumb mixture, making sure to coat both sides of the chicken evenly.
- Place chicken strips on baking sheet, and mist with cooking oil. Place into the oven, and bake for about 10 minutes, then flip and bake for a remaining 5-7 minutes, until the crust is golden, and the chicken is cooked through. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce.
Entire recipe makes 4 servings
Serving size is 3 chicken strips
Each serving = 3 Points*
*based only on ingredients with an SP Freestyle value