Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Healthy Baked Chicken Nuggets

I have something in common with most toddlers: I love chicken nuggets. I look like a child, so I might as well eat like one! :) The only things I don't love about chicken nuggets: they typically aren't very healthy, and I'm never really sure where the meat in them comes from.

Well, now both of those problems are solved with Healthy Baked Chicken Nuggets! So delicious and pretty darn good for you. If you have never visited Mel's Kitchen Cafe, go there now! I use her recipes all the time and they are always amazing. Here's my rendition of her Healthy Baked Chicken Nuggets! (This recipe is husband approved.)


Ingredients:
- 2-3 thick slices whole wheat bread, for about 1 cup of crumbs (I used whole wheat hamburger buns because I needed to use them up. They worked great.)
- 1/2 teaspoon basil
- 1/2 teaspoon oregano
- 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/2 cup panko crumbs
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 egg whites
- 1 tablespoon water
- 4 large (about 2 pounds) boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch or so sized pieces


Instructions:Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line a large, rimmed baking sheet with foil and spray lightly with cooking spray.

In a food processor or blender, place the slices of whole wheat bread and pulse until crumbs form. Add the basil, oregano and Parmesan cheese and pulse until combined. Pour the bread crumbs into a shallow dish (like a pie plate) and mix in the panko crumbs.


In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, egg whites and water until well combined. Pat the chicken cubes dry with a paper towel and season with salt and pepper. Toss the chicken cubes in the egg white/olive oil mixture before taking a few of them at a time and rolling them in the bread crumb mixture to coat evenly.



Place the coated chicken nuggets on the prepared baking sheet and bake for 8 minutes. Using a pair of tongs, carefully flip the nuggets over (taking care not to remove the breading) and bake for 5 minutes longer, or until cooked through (the exact time will depend on the size of the chicken pieces). Serve immediately.


9 comments:

  1. Mama Bear MattersMay 23, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    this will be a hit in my family!

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  4. hahaha i love chicken nuggets too-i'm always trying to order from the kiddie menus! these look amazing :)

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  7. I've made nuggets just like this and they are my husband's favorite!

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