Crunchy Chicken Fingers recipe with creamy Mashed Butternut and Potatoes, served with healthy greens.
500g chicken fillets
Ω cup flour
2 tsp mixed herbs
2 eggs beaten lightly
2 cups panko breadcrumbs
1 butternut peeled, cubed (1cm) & discard seeds
2 potatoes peeled & cubed (1cm)
200g tender-stem broccoli trim ends off the stems
salt & pepper
Preparation: Preheat the oven to 220C. Prepare all ingredients as indicated above. Boil the kettle.
Chicken: Place the flour on a plate with the mixed herbs and a generous amount of salt and pepper, mix it all together. Whisk the egg in a separate shallow dish, set aside. Place your breadcrumbs on a separate plate. One fillet at a time, coat the chicken following this order: flour (shake off excess), egg (allow excess to drip off), breadcrumbs (make sure the chicken is well coated). Repeat until each fillet is done and set aside on a plate. Place the chicken fillets on a tin foil lined baking tray and place it in the oven. After 10 minutes of cooking, add a drizzle of olive oil. Then turn the heat up to 250∞C and cook for 10 minutes until golden, crunchy and cooked through. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Courgettes: Cut into matchsticks: Cut in half cross ways. Slice each piece length ways (5mm). Finally place each piece down flat and cut length ways again into a matchstick ñ about 5mm wide.
Mash and greens: Place a large pot on medium heat. Add the boiling water with a little salt, then add the butternut and potato cubes. After 15 minutes of boiling, place a colander on the pot, making sure that it does not touch the boiling water with the butternut and potatoes. Place the courgettes in the colander, cover with a lid and cook (steam) for 2 minutes. Then add the tender-stem broccoli and cook for another 3 minutes until bright green and cooked. The broccoli should still have a slight bite. Turn off the heat. Remove the colander with the greens and toss them with olive oil, salt and pepper. Drain the potato and butternut cubes, add a knob of butter and some salt and pepper and mash with a potato masher until soft and creamy.
Serve the crunchy chicken fingers and mash with the healthy greens on the side.