Boy, do I have a treat in store for you today! We’re dashing off the beaten path and quelling those greasy drive-thru cravings. You can ditch the McNugget run and start your engines towards lip-smacking, homemade chicken nuggets.
Now, before you start thinking, Homemade chicken nuggets? Is she bonkers? My kid won’t touch ’em! let me assure you, these chicken nuggets are not just any run of the mill chunks of poultry. One bite into these golden goodies, your mini gourmets will be asking, Mom, can we have some more?
So, here’s what you need: A simple supermarket run for chicken breasts ‘neater than a new pin,’ breadcrumbs, milk, and a few spices. Don’t let the terrifying Google monster trick you with outrageous claims of needing a gazillion ingredients – I promise, restraint is the name of the game!
The trick is in the slicing. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to dice the chicken into bite-sized pieces, ooh, just the perfect size for those tiny mitts! Then comes the bathing ceremony: dip each piece into the milk before baptizing them in the breadcrumb assembly line.
Spices, my dear, are the magicians of the culinary world. Throw in some paprika and garlic powder to enhance flavor, and voila! You’re ready to pop them onto the baking sheet. Get your oven as hot as a summer in Georgia and then bake those little nuggets till they’re as golden as my grandma’s cornbread.
Now, what’s a chicken nugget without its faithful companion – the ketchup? Trust me, you could paddle your own canoe, make your own ketchup, and it’s as easy as pie. But hey, if the supermarket bottle is your siren call, who am I to judge?
Ta-da! Delicious, finger-licking, home-baked, healthier-than-you-might-think chicken nuggets, ready in a jiffy.
Good ol’ chicken nuggets are a foolproof way to win over picky little hearts. So, grab your apron, roll up those sleeves, and let’s ignite those ovens. Let the ‘Best Kids Meals’ makeover begin!
Remember, the proof of the pudding (or, in this case, the nugget) is in the eating. So, give these a whirl, and let me know if they can stand up to a taste test – by your toughest critics, your kids. Your journey to being crowned the unrivaled nugget king or queen has just begun!
Bon appétit, my fellow kitchen warriors!
Let’s Get Cooking!
- 1 lb skinless, boneless chicken breasts
- 1 cup bread crumbs
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- Olive oil spray
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).
- Cut your chicken breasts into bite-sized pieces.
- Dip each piece into the milk, making sure to coat them fully.
- In a separate bowl, mix the bread crumbs, paprika, and garlic powder.
- Roll the milk-coated chicken in the breadcrumb mixture. Make sure each piece is entirely coated.
- Place the nuggets onto a baking sheet, leaving space between each.
- Give them a spritz with olive oil spray and a sprinkle of salt and pepper.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes, until the coating is crisp and golden.
Don’t forget, when preparing meals with meat like this chicken nugget recipe, it’s crucial to use a food thermometer to ensure the meat is cooked to its safe cooking temperature. For chicken, this temperature is 165°F or 74°C. Checking with a food thermometer not only guarantees your chicken nuggets are cooked to perfection, but also ensures they are safe for you and your little ones to enjoy.
We think your kids will love it!