Tyson, you’re fired.

12 Jan

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

panko bread crumbs

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!

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8 Responses to “Tyson, you’re fired.”

  1. Jenn L @ Peas and Crayons January 12, 2011 at 11:31 am #

    Aren’t these 100x better!? I add mrs. dash italian seasoning to the panko parm mix and sometimes a dash of cajun seasoning to zest em up a bit! sooooo yummmy!!! I try to make them a different way each time so the hubs doesn’t get tired of them =) ’cause i’m compulsive like that! haha

    the photos look to diiiiie for! <3

  2. Angie & Carrie January 12, 2011 at 1:18 pm #

    Yum! Great idea Carrie! I am so over boxed frozen food!! It’s gross!! I especially love that you can prepare these in advance and freeze them! – Angie

    • Nebba July 10, 2014 at 2:54 pm #

      Can I just say what a relief to find soemone who actually knows what they are talking about on the internet. You definitely know how to bring an issue to light and make it important. More people need to read this and understand this side of the story. I cant believe youre not more popular because you definitely have the gift.

  3. Aleksandra January 12, 2011 at 5:07 pm #

    Ooo, and to think I have two unopened boxed of panko crumbs in my pantry and I made chicken nuggets with bread crumbs and seasoning today. I can’t stomach the frozen stuff either, but sometimes it’s fun to make them from scratch. Thanks for the idea!

  4. Mom January 13, 2011 at 3:51 pm #

    Great idea…!YUM

  5. Patrick February 22, 2011 at 6:54 pm #

    Sounds good! I thought I was the only one who thought processed nuggets taste like soap!

  6. Esteban Coran April 22, 2013 at 8:07 am #

    Dry breadcrumbs are made from dry bread which has been baked or toasted to remove most remaining moisture, and may even have a sandy or even powdery texture. Bread crumbs are most easily produced by pulverizing slices of bread in a food processor, using a steel blade to make coarse crumbs, or a grating blade to make fine crumbs. A grater or similar tool will also do.`

    See you in a bit

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