As a busy mom, it's easy to get lost in a mealtime funk. Sure, I love to cook, but at times we do get into a rut. We will end up eating the same 5 or 6 dishes every single week. Why? Well, because we get used to certain comfort foods because my unimaginative family always requests the exact same things. I don't know about you, but tacos, chicken cordon bleu, Cincinnati Chili and "bacon chicken" aka Monterey Chicken, while tasty, can become ho-hum if they're done on a very regular basis.
Another thing that really doesn't help the matter is that my preteen is VERY picky. He won't eat steak, roast, brisket, mushrooms, olives, or anything with a white sauce. (Just to name a few.) Making meals that everyone will enjoy can become incredibly challenging when dealing with such a picky eater in the house. If Kyle had his way about it, we would live solely off of Ramen noodles, macaroni and cheese, hot dogs, and chicken nuggets. Oh, and pizza. I can't forget the pizza!
Recently I have been able to shake up dinner with the help of Kikkoman. You all know Kikkoman, right? They're leaders in bringing Asian cuisine into kitchens around the world. They're most noted for their soy sauce, but they actually have a very wide range of products available, like Panko, Ponzu Sauce, Rice Vinegar, and even Teriyaki sauces, just to name a few. I was thrilled to receive several Kikkoman products to review with my family. Maybe dinner time doesn't have to remain so mundane, after all!
While Kikkoman products are generally associated with Asian foods, they actually fit in perfectly with many other types of cuisine as well, from American classics, Italian favorites, and even desserts! I have been experimenting with my Kikkoman products a lot lately, and have been delighted with their versatility. Sure, I have made some stir-fry dishes, but it was my goal to find kid-pleasing meals that the entire family would enjoy.
Last night, I finally struck gold and got my picky preteen's approval. I made Panko-Parmesan Crusted Chicken Fingers with a Honey Mustard Ponzu dipping sauce. For those of you that are unfamiliar with Ponzu Sauce, it is simply a delicious infusion of soy sauce and citrus. It has the typical Umami sensation that soy sauce brings along with a hint of acidity and flavor from the citrus fruit. (Can we say YUM?!)
The Panko breadcrumbs gave the chicken a wonderful crispness without the heaviness you'd find in conventional fried chicken. Panko, while crunchy, is also very light and airy in texture, and they made a wonderful alternative to regular breadcrumbs and batters.
Our chicken fingers came out perfectly. They were moist and flavorful, with a nice crispy coating. Here's my recipe. Feel free to add to it as you please. Different seasonings can be used to make an entirely new dish every time!
Brandy's Parmesan-Panko Crusted Chicken Fingers with Honey-Mustard Ponzu Sauce
Honey-Mustard Ponzu Sauce:
Mix all ingredients together and serve as a dipping sauce.
Voila! There's an easy-peasy weeknight dinner that even picky kids will love! At least MY kids did! Who says chicken fingers need to be dull, bland, and boring? With the help of Kikkoman Panko and Ponzu Sauce, this traditional family favorite can be amped up to bring unexpected flavors and textures to the dinner table! Needless to say, I love Kikkoman and am discovering a whole new world of flavor using their products. Maybe next I will try some desserts with my Kikkoman products! I'll let you know what I come up with!
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***Disclosure: I received complimentary products to facilitate my review. No other compensation was provided, and all opinions are 100% honest and have not been influenced in any way.***
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