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EatingWell Fish Sticks

You can make these homemade fish sticks in about the same amount of time it takes to bake a box of the frozen kind. Make it a meal: Serve with lemon wedges, coleslaw, roasted new potatoes and a dollop of tartar sauce.

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BBQ Chicken Tenders

These crispy chicken “wings,” made with boneless, skinless chicken breast tenders, stay crispy with only a light coating of oil—no deep-frying needed. Serve as an appetizer or try them for dinner with crunchy vegetables and dip on the side.

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Jalapeño Poppers

Spicy peppers get a cooldown from the creamy bean-and-cheese filling in our healthier version of jalapeño poppers.

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Onion Rings

We couldn’t get enough of these crunchy onion rings in the EatingWell Test Kitchen. Try any seasoning blend that you have on hand to add flavor to the breading or substitute 1 teaspoon salt instead. Seasoned whole-wheat breadcrumbs are available in some supermarkets and natural-foods stores. If you can find them, try them in place of the plain breadcrumbs and seasoning blend.

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Crispy Baked Drumsticks with Honey-Mustard Sauce for Two

These baked chicken drumsticks are all about the contrast of crispy crunch on the outside and succulent, juicy chicken on the inside. Serve with sweet potato fries and spinach salad.

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Oven-Fried Chicken on a Stick

Here’s a fun way to serve oven-fried chicken for a picnic: put it on a stick. It’s fabulous served with this homemade Vidalia onion and honey-mustard sauce, but it’s also great with barbecue sauce or Frank’s hot sauce. This is an easy recipe to double if you’re serving a crowd.

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Spicy Pecan Popcorn Chicken

These spicy and crunchy pecan-crusted chicken nuggets are paired with a quick, creamy ranch dip. If you can’t find coarse breadcrumbs, substitute Grape-Nuts cereal instead.

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Discover the secret to frying with less fat and fewer calories with these healthy fried food recipes.

You love fried food, right? But you also know it’s pretty bad for you. What if we told you “fry” is OK? No, not deep-fried, trans-fat-laden junk, but a lighter, smarter type of “fry.”

Our easy, oven-frying technique delivers a crisp, seasoned exterior and moist, tender interior without all the fat and calories of deep-frying. For the basic technique, we have you coat your food in a light breading, spray it with oil and bake it on a rack. An oil spray bottle works great and so does cooking spray. Sometimes we go for a slight variation—brown the coated food in a bit of oil in a skillet and then finish it in the oven. That way it gets crisp on the exterior but doesn’t burn and requires only a little oil.

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Healthy Fried Food Recipes

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These baked chicken drumsticks are all about the contrast...
You can make these homemade fish sticks in about the same...
Technically, these tomatoes aren't fried but they are...
Though greasy French fries are (almost) everyone's...
Spicy peppers get a cooldown from the creamy bean-and-...
We couldn’t get enough of these crunchy onion rings in the...
Great news—crunchy, flavorful fried chicken can be healthy...
Here’s a fun way to serve oven-fried chicken for a picnic:...
Fish and chips are traditionally sold wrapped in paper to...
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Hungry for fries? Slice potatoes into long thin wedges,...
Our oven-baked zucchini sticks taste every bit as good as...
These oven-roasted fries are simple and healthy yet as...
Turn leftover risotto into crispy risotto cakes with this...
Rice flour is the “secret ingredient” in this dish and is...
These spicy and crunchy pecan-crusted chicken nuggets are...

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