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homemade chicken nuggets – kiddie style!

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I take pride in the fact that I have yet to rely on the elusive frozen bag of chicken nuggets for M’s meals. I admit I once gave into the forces of Taco Bell… but other than that, I think I’ve done okay making sure she gets some good grub.

As for chicken nuggets… it never occurred for me to make my own until my friend and fellow RD, Monique, posted hers on Facebook.

How had I not done this yet?!

How have I denied my child of the most kid friendly food on the planet?!

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Monique’s recipe is so easy!

What I love about this recipe is you can make them different every time by adding various spices & veggies.

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 lb chicken breast, cubed
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1/2 garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp pepper (optional)
  • 2 eggs
  • flour
  • whole wheat bread crumbs

*Note* you can use ground chicken if you don’t have a food processor.

Throw everything in a food processor and pulse several times until the chicken is ground up.
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Spray a large baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray and scoop chicken mixture onto sheet. I used a melon ball scooper to keep the size consistent.
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Coat the chicken with flour, then dip it in the egg, then coat in bread crumbs. Smash it down and form into a chicken nugget shape

Bake at 350 degree for 10-12 minutes or until lightly golden brown.
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I served M’s with a side roasted carrots and grapes the size of small plums.
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M enjoyed her chicken nuggets smothered in her favorite condiment… ketchup 🙂

24 Responses

  1. Joanna Sutter (Fitness & Spice) said on November 11, 2010 at 7:38 am

    You are the best mom ever! Lucky M!

  2. Courtney said on November 11, 2010 at 7:41 am

    Oh my.. these look yummy! I was actually thinking of how to make homemade chicken nuggets. I love nuggets.. I don’t think I’ve quite grown up yet.

  3. Michele @ Healthy Cultivations said on November 11, 2010 at 7:42 am

    This is really a wonderful idea because real chicken nuggets are quite frightening!

  4. Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) said on November 11, 2010 at 8:39 am

    I have done something similar to this, but not completely. I am definitely going to try it out! I love this especially for little ones! Looks great Estela!

  5. Jessica @ How Sweet said on November 11, 2010 at 9:07 am

    I hope I can do this for my kids one day!

  6. Lauren at KeepItSweet said on November 11, 2010 at 9:48 am

    i was just joking with my husband about making chicken nuggets the other day! what a great sub for the pre-packaged and fast food versions

  7. Lori @ RecipeGirl said on November 11, 2010 at 9:48 am

    what a great idea to grind up the chicken- more like what the kiddos are used to w/ the frozen product!

  8. Heather (Heather's Dish) said on November 11, 2010 at 10:03 am

    who says these have to be for kids?! i want a dozen of them right now!

  9. C. (TheDoggyMom & Giacobbe Diaries) said on November 11, 2010 at 10:35 am

    These look amazing. I have to try them! You really do post some of the best recipes!

  10. Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) said on November 11, 2010 at 10:53 am

    What a cool idea!! I know this is supposed to be for kinds… buuut… I NEED to make these. Chicken nuggets were one of my favorite foods when I was growing up. I’m thinking that making and freezing could be good here too 🙂

  11. Chicago Cuisine Critique said on November 11, 2010 at 11:17 am

    Those chicken nuggets look great. I want them for myself! 🙂

  12. Allison said on November 11, 2010 at 11:19 am

    I thought of your blog post yesterday as I walked through the Nordstrom’s at Pentagon City. It made me laugh.

  13. Estela - Weekly Bite said on November 11, 2010 at 11:32 am

    Ha ha ha ha! Hopefully they cleaned the floors 😉

  14. Pretty. Good. Food. said on November 11, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    Wow, so easy!!! Can’t wait to give these a try 🙂 Yum!!

  15. Susan said on November 11, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    This sounds like an adult dinner for me tonight! So easy and fast! Thank you!

  16. Estela - Weekly Bite said on November 11, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    Yes! Its the perfect adult dinner 🙂

    We’ve been eating these all week!

  17. Lindsay @ The Ketchup Diaries said on November 11, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    You’re the best 🙂

    Is it weird if I make these for Mr. KD soon? Ha!

  18. Yum Yucky said on November 11, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    Yes yes YES! this is the answer I’ve needed for my nugget-lovin’ child. So happy you posted this.

  19. Nicole @ Making Good Choices said on November 11, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    aw I love that you made these! They are so cute and look so yummy! I love how you change your header every season, so festive.

  20. Diana @ frontyardfoodie said on November 11, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    Whoa what a great idea! I never would have thought about using ground chicken but that really is genius.

  21. Living N Feeling said on November 11, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    Wow…love nuggets!

  22. Nicole, RD said on November 11, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    Huh! I’d never think to grind up everything, including the chicken. They look great! M is a lucky girl 🙂

  23. Ameena said on November 11, 2010 at 11:33 pm

    Wow…these look amazing! I can barely get myself to microwave Maya’s TJ nuggets, nevermind make them from scratch. You are awesome.

  24. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said on November 11, 2010 at 11:56 pm

    such a lucky kiddo to have homemade nuggets 🙂