This week’s Mini Chef Mondays recipe features Homemade Chicken Nuggets.
Happy New Year! I’m excited for the new year and the fun that awaits us, especially when it comes to my Mini Chefs. Today, we are tackling a kid favorite with easier-than-you-think Homemade Chicken Nuggets.
Like most kids, my children have a love of chicken nuggets but I am not a fan of the frozen kind. While I usually make them while kid-free in the kitchen, I thought it would be a good lesson to one of my mini chefs to show him how easy it is to make homemade chicken nuggets.
Ready to see how we prepared this week’s recipe?
We began by cutting chunks for the nuggets from whole chicken breasts (Mommy did this step while the kid watched). After the chunks were cut, we gathered the rest of our ingredients – eggs, flour, spices and breadcrumbs. My son beat the eggs, added the spices to the flour and coated the chicken chunks with coating.
He got the rhythm of the coating process down quite easily: flour, egg coating, breadcrumbs – in that order. We continued with that pattern until all of the chicken chunks were coated and his hands were nice and messy. He loved that part the most.
Once all of the chicken was coated, I heated a pan of oil and fried the chicken nuggets. This part was a little too dangerous for my Mini Chef. (Note: this recipe can also be finished by baking the nuggets in an 400 degree oven).
Within about 10 minutes, our first batch of chicken nuggets were crisp and ready to enjoy. We love the flavor of the breaded coating and the juicy chicken inside. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce and you have a kid-friendly meal or family friendly appetizer.
- 4 whole Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts, Cut Into Small Pieces
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoon all purpose seasoning (I used Adobo)
- 1 teaspoon cajun spice mix
- 3 whole eggs, thinned with small amount of water
- 3 cups seasoned breadcrumbs
- Vegetable Oil, For Frying
- Add flour, seasoned salt, spice mix and salt and pepper to a large zipper storage bag. Close bag and shake to mix ingredients. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs and water. In a second bowl, add the breadcrumbs. Bread a few pieces of chicken at a time by placing them in the floured storage bag and dredge them with flour. Remove chicken chunks from storage bag and coat lightly in egg mixture, then roll chunks in the breadcrumbs until they're coated. Place coated chicken chunks on a plate and continue process until all of the cut chicken is coated.
- In a large nonstick skillet over medium heat, heat 1 1/2 to 2 inches of vegetable oil over medium-low to medium heat. Place 8 to 10 pieces of chicken in the oil using caution not to crowd the pan. Let the chicken chunks fry on the first side for about 3 minutes then carefully turn them over to brown on the other side. The chicken should cook until the breadcrumbs are deep golden brown.
- Remove the chicken to a paper towel lined plate and repeat with the rest of the chicken is fried. Serve with your favorite dipping sauces and enjoy!
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The next time your little ones ask for chicken nuggets, get inspired by my Mini Chefs and make these easy-to-prepare Homemade Chicken Nuggets.
This post was written by Linda Arceo for Giggles, Gobbles and Gulps. All rights reserved.