Game Day Grub: chicken strips with maple mustard dipping sauce


We’re into the final countdown. In just over 48 hours, Seattle and Denver will take to the field to hustle for the NFL’s top prize. Here is one more idea for your football feast. Like wings, chicken strips (a.k.a. tenders, fingers, fillets) are a classic game day snack. They’re quick to make, tasty, and a crowd pleaser.

What really makes chicken strips a hit is the dipping sauce. There’s the ever-popular ketchup, the basic BBQ, or maybe you prefer mayonnaise. In honour of Jon Ryan, the lone Canadian player in Sunday’s game, Rebecca, our YVF Kitchen Super Sauce expert, shares the recipe for her Canadian maple-inspired dipping sauce.

Oven-baked chicken strips
500g Yorkshire Valley Farms organic chicken scallopini or chicken tenders
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp mustard powder
1 tsp sugar
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 1/2 – 2 cups spelt bread crumbs (we like the ones from ShaSha Co…you can also use panko Japanese-style crumbs)

Makes 20 chicken strips. 

Preheat oven to 425F/220C.

If using scallopini, cut into even-sized strips. Combine salt, pepper, garlic powder, mustard powder and sugar in a bag. Toss with chicken strips to coat. Prepare breading station in three bowls: set up flour in bowl one, lightly beaten eggs in bowl two, and spelt crumbs in bowl three. Dip chicken strips one at a time into flour, shaking off any excess, then into egg, then into the bread crumbs to coat.

Bake on parchment paper–lined baking sheet for 15-18 minutes until coating is lightly golden and chicken is fully cooked (internal temperature should reach 165F/74C). Serve alongside your favourite selection of sauces.

Maple mustard dipping sauce
1/4 cup Dijon mustard
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup olive oil

Pour all ingredients into a small mixing bowl and whisk together until fully combined. Serve alongside warm chicken strips.

Game Day Grub: blue cheese vs ranch dipping sauce


The Super Bowl is all about the epic battle between two opposing teams, running it out for football’s top honour.  It’s no surprise that this battle extends into the kitchen, where Blue Cheese and Ranch duke it out, year after year, for the top spot in our hearts (and bellies) as the dipping sauce of choice. Here in the YVF Kitchen, we think both are pretty tasty, so we offer you recipes for our favourite version of each dip…we’ll let you pick the winner!

Blue cheese dip
This is the way Krysten, our Director of Marketing, likes to make her blue cheese dip. Her version is sort of a love-child between Tzatziki and traditional blue cheese. With only a few ingredients, it’s quick to pull together. 

1 cup of sour cream
1/2 cup of blue cheese, finely chopped or crumbled
1 small clove of garlic, minced
1/2 of a lemon, juiced
1 tbsp of chopped parsley (optional)

Combine all ingredients in a serving bowl. Stir until well blended. Serve with a sprinkle of blue cheese overtop. This dip can be made a couple of days ahead.

Rebecca’s ranch dip
Rebecca, our Marketing and Customer Service Manager, is the resident football fan in the YVF office, so she is full of saucy suggestions when it comes to winging it. This is the ranch dressing she likes to make.

1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 tbsp chives , finely chopped
1 lemon, juiced
salt and pepper to taste

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. For a lighter option, you can opt for light sour cream or mayonnaise.