Healthy Homemade Chicken Fingers Recipe with Apple Dipping Sauce

Healthy Chicken Fingers

This healthy chicken fingers recipe proves you can have all the taste (and crunch!) without the unhealthy trans fats, gluten, and sugar found in  standard chicken fingers. Serve with this apple dipping sauce (see recipe below) for a sweet and healthy meal or snack.

Serves 4 to 6


1 tsp virgin coconut oil
3/4 cup finely crushed whole grain, gluten-free crackers
1 pound skinless and boneless organic chicken breast
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil leaves
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
2 teaspoon dried parsley
2 cloves garlic, minced
2/3 cup squash or pumpkin purée
Pinch pink rock salt or gray sea salt


1. Preheat your oven to 375°F and lightly coat a baking sheet with coconut oil.

2. Place the crackers in a plastic bag and crush them with a rolling pin until they’re the size of breadcrumbs. Or, put the crackers in a blender and use the ice-crush setting to finely crush them. Place your crumbs in a bowl and set them aside.

3. In a medium bowl, combine the basil, oregano, thyme, parsley, garlic and salt and mix well.

4. Cut chicken into 3-inch strips and place the chicken pieces into the squash/pumpkin purée and coat well. Transfer one piece at a time into the crumb bowl to coat them evenly and place them on the prepared baking sheet.

5. Bake for 12 minutes, then turn chicken over and bake for another 10 minutes, or until no longer pink. Serve with dipping sauce, see recipe below. Makes 4 to 6 servings.

Apple Dipping Sauce Recipe


1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup apple butter (no added sugar)
1 tbsp pumpkin purée
Pinch pink rock or grey sea salt


1. Blend all the dipping sauce ingredients in a food processor.

2. Serve with the hot chicken fingers.

Reprinted with permission by Julie Daniluk RHN and Random House Canada / ©Slimming Meals That Heal 2014. Visit for more information. Connect with Julie on Facebook at Julie Daniluk and on Twitter @juliedaniluk

By Julie Daniluk| January 04, 2016
Categories:  Recipes

About the Author

Julie Daniluk

Julie Daniluk

Nutritionist Julie Daniluk, RHN hosts Healthy Gourmet on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), a reality cooking show that looks at the ongoing battle between taste and nutrition. Her award-winning bestseller, Meals That Heal Inflammation, has helped over 100,000 people enjoy allergy-free foods that taste great and assist the body in the healing process. Her new book, Slimming Meals That Heal, explores why inflammation causes weight gain and how anti-inflammatory superfoods shed pounds without dieting. Julie has appeared on hundreds of television and radio shows including The Dr. Oz Show and is a resident expert for The Marilyn Denis Show and Reader’s Digest. Visit Connect with Julie on Facebook at Julie Daniluk Nutrition and on Instagram and Twitter @juliedaniluk.

Add A Comment


Allowed HTML: <b>, <i>, <u>


What's Fresh




In the Spotlight

  • NeoCell

    Beauty from within with NeoCell, true science of collagen. Our collagen production slows as we age. Choose a high quality, easily absorbed supplement from NeoCell.

  • Bigelow Tea

    For over 70 years, Bigelow Tea has perfected each recipe, then carefully put each teabag in a protective pouch - quality you can taste & smell.

  • Emerald Health Bioceuticals

    Emerald Health Bioceuticals has developed the world’s first non-cannabis line of herbs and botanicals that go beyond CBD in supporting the endocannabinoid system.

Copyright © Agility Inc. 2018