My son loves chicken nuggets. What toddler doesn’t? I was buying frozen chicken nuggets from my grocery store for him, but we all know those aren’t the best for us. That’s when I decided to make my own. I was a little hesitant because I wasn’t sure how well they would freeze and then be warmed up but it worked and my son loves them, my husband too.
This is so simple and I don’t know why I never tried making anything like this before. My version of chicken nuggets are so much better for my son then those store bought ones and they aren’t fried and they aren’t soggy. I feel so much better about having my son eat chicken nuggets when he is eating mine, and they are healthier, you’ll see why in a bit, so I don’t mind when he eats three or four of them. These don’t take long to make and they are so simple you’ll wan to make them all the time.
I put my son to bed and my husband and I decided we wanted to sit out in the backyard around the fire pit- it’s just one of those nights. I told my husband that I wanted to get these nuggets done so he could go outside and I’d meet him out there in a little bit. By the time my husband changed, started the fire and made a pot of coffee (because that is our drink of choice around the fire pit) I had the chicken nuggets in the oven. That’s how quickly I was able to get these done.
I started off by my making my own breadcrumbs, well partly my own. I bought a good for you loaf of bread. I chose a 12 grain (that’s the healthier part). I laid the slices out on a baking sheet and toasted the bread in the oven just to dry it out so I could make coarse crumbs in the food processor. This recipe would be even healthier (in the sense that I would have controlled all the ingredients) had I made my own loaf of bread from scratch, but I don’t always have time for that, nor do I always feel like making my own. If bread making is your thing then by all means make some! You can always use store bought bread crumbs too.
After my bread crumbs were done I got my breading station ready. Normally when breading chicken you see all-purpose flour, but I coated my chicken in whole wheat flour – seasoned of course. I cut my chicken into nugget size pieces. I had chicken tenders on hand so that is what I used.
I coated my chicken pieces in the whole wheat flour, tossed them in my egg wash, and finally coated them in those delicious coarse bread crumbs I made earlier. I seasoned the flour and bread crumbs with salt, pepper, garlic powder and onion powder. After each chicken piece was coated in the bread crumbs I laid them out on a parchment lined baking sheet. 20-25 minutes later your done! I know I’ve said “coarse” crumbs a few times here and this is why I don’t like fine breadcrumbs. Look at the texture on these.
These nuggets are so delicious, and do they freeze well. I toss them in a zip top freezer bag and will keep them in the freezer for up to two months. Not that they ever last that long. When it’s time to eat, the nuggets go straight from the freezer to the microwave.
- 1 1/2 pounds chicken breast, cut into nugget size pieces
- 1 cup whole-wheat flour
- +/- 3 cups breadcrumbs
- 3 eggs
- splash of milk
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1. Preheat the oven to 375.
- 2. Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper.
- 3. Put the flour into a dish and season with salt and pepper.
- 4. Whisk three eggs and a splash of milk in another dish.
- 5. Combine the breadcrumbs, garlic powder and onion powder in a third dish.
- 6. Cut the chicken into nugget size pieces.
- 7. Coat the chicken in the flour mixture, shake off any excess flour.
- 8. Next place the chicken in the egg wash and make sure it's coated completely.
- 9. Dredge the chicken in the breadcrumbs and place on the prepared baking sheet.
- 10. Bake in the preheat oven for 20-25 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked thru.