Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Healthy Homemade Chicken Nuggets

The husband teases me when we go out because I often order chicken. For some reason, it's been my fall back food since I was a little kid and fell in love with chicken nuggets. It's typically fried and breaded though which makes it quite an unhealthy option. Since I've been aiming to eat healthier, I decided to come up with a healthier alternative for my favorite food and I succeeded on the first try! You'll find the recipe below and I think it'll even be a hit with the kids! (Trust me - my taste buds are on the level of a three year old quite often!)

It takes about 20-30 minutes to load up and get to the local fast food drive through, right? Well, these chicken nuggets take about the same amount of time and are much healthier for you! Don't worry - taste hasn't been compromised in any way!

Start by turning your oven to 400 degrees and laying out all of your ingredients. This way, the oven will preheat while you do the quick prep work for these!

Cut your chicken into nugget sizes. I made mine around an inch or two. I used two chicken breasts when making this recipe because that's what I had available. You can increase or decrease the amount easily to fit your needs. Add two eggs to one bowl and bread crumbs with spices to another bowl. I chose to use onion powder and garlic powder but you can adjust to your tastes. (I would have used Parmesan but we had none left.)

Dip each nugget into the egg and then into the bread crumb mixture. Make sure it's well coated before putting it on a tray lined with aluminum foil and sprayed with olive oil. I actually did a few at a time to speed up this process.

Bake in the oven for 20 minutes at 400 degrees. You can flip the nuggets halfway through if you'd like but it's not necessary. (Seriously - I forgot to flip mine and they turned out just fine.)

Serve them right away or put them into a container for later. I chose to freeze mine - no more buying bags of frozen chicken nuggets for me. I now have a container on hand with chicken nuggets and I know what ingredients are in them!

So, are you a fellow chicken nugget lover?

Healthy Baked Chicken Nuggets

2 chicken breasts
2 eggs
1.5 cups whole wheat bread crumbs
Spices of choice
Olive Oil Spray

1. Set oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Cut the chicken into nugget sized pieces.
3. Crack two eggs into a bowl.
4. Combine bread crumbs and spices in another bowl.
5. Dip each nugget in the egg and then coat with the bread crumb mixture.
6. Place nuggets on a foil lined pan (lightly sprayed with olive oil).
7. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes. Optional: Flip the nuggets halfway through.
8. Enjoy immediately or freeze for later!

Don't forget to pin the recipe for later!

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