Sunday, January 6, 2013

Homemade Chicken Nuggets

One of MJ's most favorite foods are chicken nuggets.  Like any mother who is concious about what her family is eating I'm not a big fan of store bought or fast food chicken nuggets.  Besides that most have dairy in them and of all things it was a chicken nugget that was my downfall.

 I had been having a few issues with dairy before leaving for vacation so I had excluded it from my diet but the day we arrived in Myrtle Beach we went to the Coastal Grand Mall and I shared some Chik-Fila chicken nuggets, I never suspected there was any dairy in them, and from then on I started to feel off and just figured it was because I was tired.  But I knew I was in trouble around 2 am when I started getting sick and by 3 am we made a trip to Wal-Mart to get medicine to help out.  I don't think I slept much that night but not wanting to disappoint MJ the next day, weak as I felt, I still went to the Ripley's Aquarium and had fun!  That morning over a very bland breakfast, I felt bad until I ate some dry Rice Chex's, we went over everything I had eaten the previous day and I had taken every precaution possible except when it came to the chicken nuggets.  After checking Chik-Fila's site I found that it was 4 small delicious nuggets that had done me in.

The thing that sucks is the only chicken nuggets that I have found to be safe are Applegate Farms Chicken Nuggets, very very delicious, but they cost about $10 for a small bag.  That is just not something that I can currently justify spending money on.

I served these for dinner tonight for the first time and MJ's response was her tummy said it was hungry and that it loved mama's chicky nuggets!  Just remember these are very delicious and healthy and the spices used can be changed to suit your taste.

I'll have to put the pictures up later because they are still on my camera!

Ingredients

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 cup unbleached whole wheat flour
1 cup plain panko bread crumbs
Weber Kick-In Chicken seasoning, to taste
garlic powder, to taste
salt and pepper, to taste
1 egg, beaten
cooking spray

1.  Preheat oven to 425*.  I wrap a baking sheet with foil so that it's one less thing to clean up. Lightly grease baking sheet and set aside.

2.  Using cooking shears cut the chicken breast into pieces.

3.  In a ziploc bag add the flour, bread crumbs, and seasoning and mix well.  Pour the mixture onto a plate.  Dip the chicken pieces first into the egg and then into the breading and then place on greased cooking sheet.

4.  Before putting baking sheet in oven spray the chicken with cooking spray.  Cook for 10 minutes and then flip them over and spray the chicken again.  Cook for another 5-10 minutes or until breading is golden.

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