Parmesan Chicken Fingers with Garlic Cheese Sauce

Parmesan Chicken Fingers

This is the story of buying a helmet in the Philippines.

Me + helmet –> riding the moped, so off to the mall we went to find a sturdy and fashionable (heh) helmet.

Parmesan Chicken Fingers

First of all, I should not go to the mall without eating dinner or else I will end up doing what I always do: eating a basket of Mojos.

And side note: while searching for that picture of Mojo’s I stumbled upon a RE-CI-PE for Mojo’s. Holy Heaven. That is in my near future.

Second of all, the department store helmet selection was lacking variety. And by lacking variety, I mean there were a million and one styles of black, red, and black and white zooba patterned helmets that were clearly made for motorcycle-driving, maybe even motorcycle-racing Filipino men.

I don’t mean to be vain or anything but I’d like to NOT wear a zooba helmet for the next ten months.

Parmesan Chicken Fingers

What I would like to do is come home and fry some chicken fingers.

Because even though I want to bake them, I really want to fry them more. And they are so crunchily, Parmesanly delicious.

Dipped in cheese sauce? Fine.

Dumped with cheese sauce? Better.

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Parmesan Chicken Fingers with Garlic Cheese Sauce
Serves: 4-6
  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 2 cups breadcrumbs (I used panko breadcrumbs)
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Oil for frying + parsley for garnish
  • 2 ounces light cream cheese
  • a splash of milk
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh garlic or garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • 1 ounce good quality shredded cheese of choice (I used a sharp white cheddar)
  1. Cut the chicken into strips. In a blender or food processor, pulse the crumbs and Parmesan until it's a fine crumb mixture.
  2. Put the flour, egg, and crumb mixture in individual shallow bowls. Dust each strip of chicken with flour, dip into the beaten egg, and roll in the crumb mixture. Coat all pieces before you start frying.
  3. Pour oil in a large skillet or frying pan until it's a few inches deep (enough to cover the chicken on one side). Heat over medium low heat until a drop of water sizzles in it. Add the chicken in batches and fry for 1-3 minutes until they reach desired golden-brownness. Make sure to fry long enough to cook each piece all the way through. Remove from oil with tongs and place on a paper towel lined plate to drain the oil. Let cool slightly.
  4. For the cheese sauce, melt the cream cheese in the microwave for about 30 seconds. Whisk in the milk, garlic, and oil until smooth. When smooth, add the cheese. Melt for another 20-30 seconds and whisk again until totally smooth, adding more milk to thin out the sauce to your desired consistency. You can also do this on the stovetop - I've done it both ways.
Make extra sauce if you're planning to serve more than 3-4 people. And if you love salt, sprinkle the chicken fingers with coarse sea salt just after removing them from the frying pan. Ohhh yeah.

Parmesan Chicken Fingers and Mojos are dancing around together in my head. That’s normal, right?

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  1. So….what color Zooba did you get? Hehe, where’s the picture?
    And those chicken fingers look amazing!

  2. Crispy chickeny goodness! Love it!

  3. Can’t even believe you’re frying food in your hot little kitchen! Mad props to you for making anything other than smoothies :)

  4. Aaah I haven’t had mojos in years! This really made me crave them. Hope you are enjoying Cebu :) Have you been to the beaches yet? I miss the Philippines!

  5. I’ll take that entire plate with a HEAVY dose of cheese sauce. Then I will go lie in bed with your mango snack cake and be content for the rest of my life. OMG I’m in looooooooooooooooove with these!!!! and yes frying > baking.

  6. I want to jump through the computer, land in Cebu, and eat these. Like today.

  7. This is kind of a stupid question, but are you able to find all of the groceries you are used to?

    • Yes and no. There are some bigger grocery stores with international sections that usually have more familiar ingredients. :) The problem is that things are so unpredictably in stock, so if you find something one week, it doesn’t mean it will be there the next week. Also, some imported foods are SUPER expensive. For example, Crystal Light drink mixes were ten dollars/box. In this case, I wanted regular breadcrumbs but couldn’t find them anywhere, so I just settled for panko (it came out great anyways). :)

  8. I made a buffalo style version the other day. Yum! :)

  9. yum. my daughter will go crazy for these!

  10. That cheese sauce is beyond fabulous! Love the parmesan touch on the chicken too!

  11. these look divine. I will definitely have to try that garlic cheese sauce!!

  12. YUM. If I’m covering something in garlic cheese sauce I’d fry it too :)

  13. Love that cheese sauce! Pretty sure I’d be drowning all kinds of foods with it if I made it!

  14. Garlic and cheese are two of the best ingredients in the world. Combined, they may be leathal!

  15. Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookies says:

    You had me at garlic sauce. YUM.

  16. What a fun change to traditional chicken fingers!

  17. Looks delicious!

  18. Sounds Delish! On the meal plan this week!

  19. I forgot to tell you… Val says hi! :)

  20. these look extremely good!!! I’m craving some right now, and that garlic cheese sauce must be delicious!! Have a nice day!! 😀

  21. Made these tonight for my guys….BIG HIT! Thanks for the cheese dip recipe- delicious! Next up, your Asian Chicken Salad :)

  22. I love your moped and mall stories :) And these chicken fingers…but that one probably goes without saying.

  23. would like to know more about “mojos”; would also like for this iPad to quit correcting that word to “monos”. Really. Twice. Good luck with the helmet; can’t wait to see pics of what you find. (Me: randomly “following” your blog by checking in sporadically ever since I copied your stuffed sweet potatoes.) ~Amber of

  24. This looks great! The sauce is definitely something I have never seen on other food blogs.

  25. Fried chicken! My favorite. Looks great. And I’ve never used any kind of sauce with chicken, but garlic and cheese sauce sounds good. :)

    And I feel lame. Even after googling, I’m still have no idea what zooba is.

  26. well now i know what I want for dinner!! Please ship me a plate-ful of these amazing tenders from the Philippines!

  27. Yum..these look so good. I can’t wait to try out this recipe!!!

  28. Peter @FeedYourSoul says:

    loved your post. i included it in my friday five – see link –

  29. These sound great! Making them for the family tomorrow… I have been hoping for a homemade chicken fingers recipe that would appeal to everyone. Thanks!

  30. Hi! I have been following you on tumblr for about a year now and I always drooled when I would reblog your pictures:) This is my first time actually visiting your official website and I am absolutely in love! I love cooking and I am positive that this is my go-to-spot for recipes now. Thank you so much! – and keep up the great work, girl.

  31. Deeelicious! –thanks for the inspiration!

  32. Hi! Nice blog! I saw in one of your posts that you had a San Mig premium apple beer in the background. I’m from Manila as well and I am definitely going to try this recipe. :)

  33. Made this for the family,was a big hit.Thanks

  34. Drooling in my bed right now! It’s almost midnight, and now I’m totally craving these. They look incredible!

  35. This is a great twist on chicken fingers, anything with cheese makes the meal 10x better !

  36. I made these for my superbowl post and they turned out wonderful! I baked them, instead of frying for my 9 month old and he was a huge fan as well. Thanks!

  37. Whitney says:

    What sort of oil did you use?

  38. Vanderpump12 says:

    i just made these… I didn’t pulse anything in the food processor, I made chicken nuggets version and used mrs dash garlic Rosemary instead of garlic and I got rave reviews!! I fried them about three minutes on each side with canola oil and I’m basically a hero right now.

  39. Katherine says:

    Hello I’m trying to make this recipe but I just realized I don’t not have any eggs. Do you know any substitutes?

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