Crispy Q Chicken Fingers

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by disco, Jul 4, 2016.

  1. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    The first order of business, Happy Fourth of July to all my American friends .Saltue!

    Now, why do they call them chicken fingers. I am no farmer but I've seen a few chickens in my time and have yet to see a finger.

    Anyway, when I think of Q I usually think of low and slow but with the mini, a pellet smoker, a WSM or many other rigs, you can get nice high temperatures so I decided to try making some nice crispy chicken fingers with a Q flare.

    I looked all over the meat counter and I couldn't find chicken fingers so I settled for a couple of boneless skinless chicken breasts. I cut each breast into three strips.

    Then I set up a breading station.

    On the first plate, I put 50 ml (1/4 cup) of flour and 5 ml (1 teaspoon) Louisiana Grills Bourbon Molasses Rub.

    In a bowl, I mixed 25 ml (2 tablespoons) of Miracle Whip (you could use Mayo) and 25 ml (2 tablespoons) barbecue sauce.

    On the second plate, I mixed 250 ml (1 cup) dry bread crumbs and 10 ml (2 teaspoons) of the rub.

    I tossed the chicken in the flour. Then I spread some of the sauce mixture on them and then tossed them in the bread crumbs.

    I preheated the pellet smoker to 400 F and put the strips on for 15 minutes.

    I turned the strips and cooked for 10 minutes more.

    I made sure the internal temperature was over 165 F (I actually prefer an internal temperature of 170 F for chicken breasts). Here is the finished product.

    We served them with a nice potato salad, some coleslaw and some fresh cucumber and tomato.

    The Verdict

    I have made similar chicken fingers in the oven but I think these were crispier. I think the smoker gives more air flow and that crisps it up more. The touch of barbecue sauce and rub added a wonderful flavour. I will cook these for She Who Must Be Obeyed again and I will also use them as an appetizer for guests.

  2. b-one

    b-one Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks tasty!:drool
  3. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks, B! We did enjoy them.
  4. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    One more Winner, winner, chicken dinner....  [​IMG]  ....     pts..
  5. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks for the point, Dave! I hope you are having a great Fourth of July!
  6. crazymoon

    crazymoon Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    D, They look tasty!!!!!!!
  7. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Much appreciated, CM.
  8. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Nice looking plate Disco!

    Another winner for sure!

    I sent a point your way!

  9. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks, Al. I appreciate the compliment and the point!
  10. gearjammer

    gearjammer Master of the Pit

    I sure do appreciate the good wishes for the 4th.

    Had a great day will be posting about it soon.

    That is a fine looking dinner, my friend.

    Thanks for putting up the whole process

    'cause I'm going to do these soon.

  11. seenred

    seenred Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member

    Another delicious looking meal from the kitchen of Disco!  We like crispy chicken too...and this is surely a much healthier version than deep frying.

    Nicely done, my friend...Point!

  12. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks, Ed! It was tasty.

    We celebrate July 1 for Canada day. I always thought we should set up July 2 or 3 for a friendship day between Canadians and Americans. We could serve pulled pork and poutine!
    So kind, Red. I appreciate the point. Don't point out it is healthier, my body will reject healthy food.

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