Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Homestyle Baked Italian Chicken Nuggets



Sometimes I amaze myself.  I cook for 2 of the pickiest people I have ever met.  The fact that we manage to eat somewhat healthy meals is surprising, even to me!

My 3 year old (Munchkin) is going through an "I don't like meat" phase.  Along with all the other picky food phases .  Apparently, most of the time chicken nuggets are okay.  Meatballs and chicken nuggets are about all the meat I can get her to eat.  At least there are some options. 


So I made 4 batches of these Homestyle Baked Italian Chicken Nuggets last week.  We immediately ate 1 batch and froze 3.  The 'left over' nuggets are gone now.  They are ao easy to reheat.  Straight from the freezer, I spritz with a little olive oil and bake on a cookie sheet at 400° for 10 minutes and they come out perfect!

So, tonight as we were devouring batch #4, Munchkin is sitting in her seat bouncing around because I made honey mustard dipping sauce and she is crazy excited.  So, next thing I know her plate is ALMOST empty.  There is 1/2 of 1 nugget left.  I asked her why she didn't eat that last bite.  She informed me that "that one has the meat in it Mommy".  Well lucky for me none of the rest of those chicken nuggets did!

Shortly after that she dove into her favorite dessert; Chocolate Banana Ice Cream!  Funny that my 'picky' 3 year old begs for cucumbers and her favorite dessert is banana ice cream.  I guess I can't really complain too much.  I am truly blessed.

Dinner's Ready!


With love from our Kitchen Table to yours.  XOXO

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Homestyle Baked Italian Chicken Nuggets
serves 4

16 ounces boneless skinless chicken breast, trimmed and cut into bite sized pieces
4 egg whites
¼ cup flour
1 teaspoon kosher salt
½ teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
½ tablespoon Italian seasoning
½ tablespoon Mrs Dash Onion & Herb seasoning
1 cup Panko (Japanese-style) bread crumbs
olive oil spray (propellant free - I used my Misto)

Preheat oven to 425°.  Prepare a baking sheet by lining with aluminum foil and spraying with olive oil spray.
 
Add egg whites to a small bowl.  Set aside.

Prepare 2 resealable plastic bags.  In one bag add flour, ½ teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon pepper.  Seal bag.  Shake to combine.  Set aside.

In second bag combine Panko, ½ teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon pepper, Italian seasoning and Mrs Dash.  Seal bag.  Shake to combine.  Set aside.

Place several pieces of chicken into the flour, seal and shake.  Remove from bag and place in egg whites.  Remove from egg whites and place into then into bread crumb mixture.

Place chicken nuggets on baking sheet without letting them touch.  Once the baking sheet is filled with nuggets, lightly spray with olive oil.

Bake for 8-12 minutes (until the nuggets are golden brown on the bottom side).  Flip nuggets over, lightly mist with olive oil and bake for another 3-5 minutes.

Remove from oven and serve with your favorite dipping sauces.

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5 comments:

  1. I love the idea of making these and freezing them. How great it would be on a busy day to just pull these out of the freezer and have an instant delicious dinner. I love that pretty red bowl too!

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  2. Are chicken nuggets meat? Ha ha - so cute - these don't count. But they look wonderful!

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  3. Funny how kids can't pass up nuggets. It's like their food kryptonite.

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  4. These were delicious! I didn't have Mrs. Dash's seasoning so I just increased the amount of Italian seasoning. Had ketchup and honey mustard as dipping sauces and it was a hit!

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  5. These were delicious! I didn't have the Mrs. Dash seasoning so I just increased the amount of Italian Seasoning. Served these with ketchup and honey mustard dipping sauces. These would be great as a little appetizer.

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