Thursday, May 5, 2011

Cooking with your kids: Chicken Nuggets

These chicken nuggets are exceptional! I love making these healthy nuggets with my daughter. They are very easy to make, and I love that I control what goes into them. Plus, you can usually make these with things you already have in your pantry!

What you will need:
Boneless, skinless chicken breast (tenderloins work perfectly as well)
Eggs, beaten (one or two depending on how much chicken you have)
Seasoning salt (or just salt and pepper)
Basil (fresh or dried works just fine)
Parmesan cheese
Unsweetened cereal such as:
Corn flakes
Bran flakes
Rice cereal
Plastic bag with closure
Cheese grater
Rolling pin
Cutting board
Sharp knife *for adult use only*
Baking sheet
Foil (optional)

I forgot to add the cheese grater to this pic. And no, she didn't touch raw meat.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). In a small bowl, beat the egg(s), set aside. Put two and a half to three cups of cereal into a zippered plastic bag. Have your child help you crush the cereal with the rolling pin. It helps to let out as much air as possible before you do this. Add about 1 1/2 teaspoons of the season salt, and 1 teaspoon basil to the bag. Grate some parmesan and add it to the bag. You'll need about a 1/4 cup. You can use regular parmesan cheese as well. Have your child shake the ingredients after you zip it shut to make sure they are well mixed.

She's ready to crush!
Rollin and shakin!

Cut the chicken into 2 inch cuts, and coat them in the egg. Have your child hold the bag open for you while you add five or six pieces of chicken. Next, zip the bag and shake until the chicken pieces are well coated with the cereal. Place on a foil-lined (to save time with clean up if desired) baking sheet, about an inch apart. Bake for about 25-30 minutes and until a meat thermometer reads 165 degrees when inserted in the chicken. Continue until all of your chicken is cooked. Serve with barbeque sauce, sour cream, salsa, guacamole, or whatever dipping sauce you prefer.

I mixed the eggs in the bowl, dunked the chicken, and slipped them into the bag.
Shakin, shakin, shakin!
Ready for the oven.


  1. Too cute and easy recipe. "Mom shaked and baked, and I helped" runs through my mind as I was looking at the pictures :)

  2. LOL, mine too! I think I might try this with a honey flavored cereal. My Mom said honey is great for savory foods, so now I'm curious.