Chicken Lady Fingers with Romanian Romesco Dipping Sauce


Homemade chicken strips become "fingers" to dip in a tasty sauce for a memorable Halloween appetizer.

Chicken Lady Fingers with Romanian Romesco Dipping Sauce
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
3 mins
Broil Time:
4 mins
Stand Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
37 mins
40 fingers


  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 ½ pound boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, cut into 1/2-inch by 3-inch strips

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter

  • Smoked Spanish or regular paprika

Romesco Dipping Sauce

  • 2 large red sweet peppers, halved lengthwise, seeds and membranes removed, flattened

  • 1 cup day old crusty bread, cubed

  • ¾ cup chopped fresh tomato (1 large)

  • cup sliced natural almonds, toasted

  • 3 tablespoon sherry vinegar

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • ½ teaspoon smoked Spanish or regular paprika

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • ¼ cup olive oil


Romesco Dipping Sauce:

  1. For sauce, preheat broiler. Place peppers on a broiler pan. Broil peppers, 4 to 5 inches from the heat, until skins are blacked, turning once. Remove, stack pieces together, cover with aluminum foil and let stand 15 minutes. Peel off skins; discard skins. In blender combine peppers, bread, tomato, almonds, vinegar, garlic, paprika, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Cover and blend. Add 1/4 cup olive oil in steady stream through the top of blender until mixture is almost smooth. Transfer to a serving bowl or storage container. Cover and chill until serving time.

  2. Prepare sauce; cover and chill. For Chicken Fingers, in large bowl combine flour, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Coat chicken strips in flour. Heat 1 tablespoon oil and butter in large nonstick skillet over high heat. Add chicken strips, one-third at a time, browning well on all sides, 3 to 4 minutes per batch. Dip the end of each chicken strip in ground paprika. Serve with Romesco Dipping Sauce. Makes 10 servings (about 40 pieces).


You can prepare the sauce ahead of time. Cover and chill up to 3 days.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

247 Calories
12g Fat
12g Carbs
20g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 247
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 51mg 17%
Sodium 416mg 18%
Total Carbohydrate 12g 4%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 20g
Vitamin C 27.2mg 136%
Calcium 40.4mg 3%
Iron 1.6mg 9%
Potassium 292mg 6%
Folate, total 24.2mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.2mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.5mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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