Why Homemade Chicken Nuggets?
I recently put a post on my Facebook page which was a hilarious look at kids fussy eating. I can say it was hilarious as I didn't write it! It was called the "Eleven Stages of a Faultless Dinner". Although this piece was meant to be funny, it was based in some truth.....why do kids always like chicken nuggets?
No matter what happens, kids never seem to reject chicken nuggets... I think it may be because they are salty and quite bland. they also don't take much chewing as they are so processed. Whatever the reason..... Kids Love Nuggets!
Why I Avoid trying to "Healthify" Junk Food
I am not really into trying to take what we know as "Junk Food" and make it healthy. I think this is because I avoid trying to classify things as either "healthy" or "unhealthy". I do try and avoid processed foods and so I thought I would share my recipe for Homemade Chicken Nuggets. I guess I could call them Chicken Bites just to make myself feel better.
Why I Love this Homemade Chicken Nugget Recipe
I have been making this recipe for my kids for a long time. These homemade chicken nuggets are a great finger food to use when introducing solids and they freeze really well so they make for a quick meal to cook up when I get home late. They are a little fiddly because of the crumbing process, but I tend to make a large batch so I don't have to make them very often.
Step 1: Cut up the Chicken
I usually use chicken breast as it makes the right size pieces for chicken nuggets. You could use chicken thigh or even chicken mince if you like.
Step 2: Make the breadcrumbs
I usually make my breadcrumbs from whatever bread I have in the house. The family is currently eating the Coles grain bread that you get from the bakery section. It is preservative free and is $3 a loaf...win! I also like to add some herbs to the breadcrumbs for extra flavour. I like using mixed herbs or parsley.
Step 3. Coat the Nuggets
This is the messy part.....flour first and then egg and then roll them in the breadcrumbs. They type of bread I use means that they don't stick very well but they still end up nice and crunchy.
Step 4: Cook the Nuggets
I find the best way to cook them if to pan fry them in the oven for about 2 minutes on each side and then finish them off in the oven for another 5 minutes. You can just cook them on the stove but I find they are much more moist this way. (I did have some great pictures of the cooking process but I took them on my hubby's phone and he accidentally deleted them....so you will just have to imagine what they looked like while cooking!)
Step 5. Eat them!
As I had the oven on to cook the nuggets, I served them up with sweet potato chips and veggies. If you are in a hurry you could just add veggie sticks on the side.
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Dr Jennifer Cohen
"Providing Bite-Sized Pieces of Nutrition Information to Busy Families"
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