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Love Your Kids: Make Chicken Nuggets

By Kelly |

Yeah, I know all about it: Chickens don’t have any parts on their bony little bird bods called “nuggets.” (Just like tuna don’t have “loins”, a fact that doesn’t stop many chic restaurants from listing such a term on their menus.) And I know the brilliant reasons for keeping kids from processed foods. But if you’re like me, which is to say that you live on Earth, your children have probably heard of chicken nuggets, too. If you want to make them in a way that doesn’t make you sick to your stomach try this one, which is good for children of all ages.

Homemade Chicken Nuggets

Serves 4-6 children of all ages

These may be fried or baked; instructions are given for both.

1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts
3/4 cup buttermilk
3/4 cup panko crumbs
3/4 cup breadcrumbs
Salt, to taste
Freshly-ground black pepper, to taste
1/2 cup oil (if frying)

Pound chicken breasts with a mallet until they are uniformly thin. Slice each breast into 6-8 thin strips. Slice each strip into 3-5 cubes. Marinate chicken cubes in buttermilk for at least 30 minutes; overnight is best.

If you are frying the nuggets, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. If you are baking the nuggets, preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

Combine panko crumbs, bread crumbs, and seasonings in a shallow dish. Dredge each cube in the mixture until the pieces are thoroughly coated.

If frying: Gently slide nuggets into hot oil and cook for about two minutes, until they are golden brown. Transfer to a clean kitchen towel or several sheets of paper towels to blot excess oil.

If baking: Arrange nuggets on a lined baking sheet. Bake 15-20 minutes, until golden brown.

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0 thoughts on “Love Your Kids: Make Chicken Nuggets

  1. ccampion says:

    I make “chicken nuggets” all of the time…just like my mom did for me, and her grandmere did for her. They are just good.

  2. katie says:

    I like to add a little parmesan cheese to the breading. YUM!

  3. Bredgette says:

    Wow! love it..I will try to do some. But here’s some more Kids stuffs  which they will be interested more!

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  6. Helda Montero says:

    Question: can you make a big batch and freeze them? That is the other side to nuggets. They are quick to heat up and stick in the lunch boxes.

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