Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Homemade chicken nuggets

My son's favorite food in the world is chicken nuggets.  What kid doesn't love them?  However once we started watching our ingredients and learning more about how our foods are handled before they get to our plate, I just couldn't buy them already made anymore.  Have you ever searched McDonald's chicken nuggets on www.foodfacts.com?   Go here for a look  45+ ingredients, including TBHQ (petroleum based preservative) and hydrogenated oils.  Ever watched the video on how chicken nuggets are made?  Go here to view.  Those two websites will pretty much keep you from ever buying another chicken nugget.  So here is the solution.  Making your own, it is simple and your kids will think you are the most awesome Mom ever!  I even like them.

• 2-3 skinless chicken breasts
• ¼ cup oat bran
• ¼ cup wheat germ **
• 1 Tbsp coarsely ground flax seed
• ¼ cup coarsely ground almonds
• ½ tsp sea salt
• ½ tsp white pepper
• Pinch of garlic powder

• ½ cup water or low-sodium chicken broth
• 1 large egg white, lightly beaten **

**egg sensitivity, use almond milk instead and drop the water.
** Wheat allergy - split oat bran and flax seed to make 1/4 cup to replace
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Prepare baking sheet by lining with parchment paper or coating lightly with extra virgin olive oil.
  2. Cut chicken breasts into nugget-sized pieces, about 1½ inches square. Set aside.
  3. Next, combine all dry ingredients in a large container with a tightly fitting lid. Shake well. This is your coating mixture.
  4. Combine water and egg in a medium bowl (or use almond milk).  Dip each piece in the water-egg white mixture. Then dip each piece in the coating mixture. Make sure each piece is well coated.
  5. Place on the baking sheet. When all of your chicken has been coated and your baking sheet is full, place in the oven and bake for 10-15 minutes or until chicken is done. Two chicken breasts will yield about 15-18 1-inch pieces.
Honey Mustard dipping sauce

• 1½ tsp honey
• 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard

or homemade ketchup    Homemade ketchup Recipe


1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe on Allergy-Free Wednesdays! I'm always looking for good kid-friendly recipes and I'm excited to try this one!