Saturday, April 24, 2010

Healthy(er) Chicken Nuggets

I am on a mission to cut out processed and fast foods from our diet. In order to keep the peace around my house, I'm always searching for a healthy version of some of our favorite "junk" food. One of big ones for us is chicken nuggets. I've been experimenting with a few recipes and this is a combination of a couple of different ones.

1 lb of chicken ( I usually use thighs because they are less expensive)
2/3 cup of all-purpose unbleached flour
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp garlic salt
1/2 tsp paprika
1 egg slightly beaten
3 tbsp of melted butter or margarine (optional)

1. Heat oven to 450 degrees

2. Line cookie sheet with foil and spray with cooking spray.

3. Cut chicken into 1 inch squares or chunks

4. In bowl 1, mix flour, parmasan cheese, garlic salt and paprika

5. In bowl 2, place slightly beaten egg.

6. Dip the chicken squares into the egg mix and then into the flour mixture. I usually do two or three at a time.

7. Place coated chicken onto cookie sheet.

8. Sprinkle lightly with melted butter/margarine (this is optional - only if you want a little more flavor)

9. Bake at 450 degrees for 14 minutes. Flip them with a large spatula half way through the baking period.

Wallah! Golden brown chicken nuggets that even a 5 year old will eat! And, the best part? YOU know EXACTLY what is in them!

This is linked to The Grocery Cart Challenge Recipe Swap



Blogger Ronica said...

I like to add a little chili seasoning to my breading. It gives it a little spice.

April 24, 2010 at 8:29 PM  
Blogger Tara said...

That a good idea! In an earlier version of this recipe I put ground pepper in the breading, and E freaked. She refused to eat it because she was convinced it was "too spicy". So, I'd have to sneak in the chili seasoning.

April 24, 2010 at 9:22 PM  
Blogger Nashville Cheapster said...

Looks great! I'm going to try it.

April 25, 2010 at 2:31 PM  

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