I’ve fired frozen chicken nuggets.
Never again will this family purchase pre-made chicken nuggets.
Now, I am not telling anyone to follow my lead…but I will give you a recipe I made up several months ago after baking some frozen nuggets for my children.
I took a bite out of one…and spit it back out.
It tasted like soap.
So I thought…maybe the soap taste came from my baking sheet. Maybe…
So I tossed that batch…washed the baking sheet again…and baked some more.
And again…took a bite…the nuggets tasted like soap. Gross. Disgusting.
I threw the entire bag of nuggets away.
The next week, I bought another bag of nuggets from a different grocery store.
And not to bore you with the details…but the new nuggets tasted like SOAP too!!
Gross me out with a pitchfork.
I started thinking to myself:
Self, you really cook pretty well for your family. You nursed both your children to ensure they started off on the right foot nutritionally. You made both of your children’s baby food from scratch to avoid jarred, processed foods. Your children eat lots of fruits and vegetables without an ounce of a battle.
And yet, you buy processed who-knows-what’s-in-them chicken nuggets? I don’t think so.
Give this recipe a try…both of my children LOVE the nuggets. Sweet P helps make them and Little Man enjoys eating them…at home and at school.
Homemade Chicken Nuggets
Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts (I use free-range chicken breasts)
Panko bread crumbs – start with 1 cup depending on how many you make
Parmesan Cheese – start with 1/4 cup
Dash of Salt/Dash of Pepper
Cut chicken breasts into bite size chucks. I don’t have pictures of the chicken…let’s face it, looking at raw chicken is not pretty.
Mix Panko bread crumbs, cheese, salt and pepper in a bowl.
Dip the chicken into milk or egg, then dip into the bread crumb mixture…pressing to coat evenly.
Place on baking sheet and bake at 350.
I tried 3 different ways to bake and freeze the nuggets.
First, freezing before baking. Second, baking then freezing. Third, cooking in skillet with olive oil.
I prefer baking them first for 15 minutes, then freezing.
Then, when the kids want nuggets or I am making Little Man’s school lunch, I bake them at 350 for 15 minutes to heat them through.
They are golden…and crunchy…and delicious.
Eat ‘em yum!