Many people don't buy chicken today except for chicken breast meat, which is too bad because I don't think that it is the best part of the available selection. However, whether it is true or not, chicken white meat has acquired the reputation of being one of the most prominent diet choices in your local restaurants.
We also know that chicken breast can be prepared in many ways, including the chicken nuggets that are sold in vast quantities at fast-food restaurants. And the chicken might well be all right in itself--although chopped, formed chicken nuggets can be quite the opposite. Some places will claim that their nuggets are all white meat, or whatever, but some of our food writers are taking them back and making the real thing at home.
Children famously like chicken nuggets, and most other foods that they can eat easily, so if it would go over like "the bomb," why not try making your own. If I were making these nuggets for dinner I would probably cut the chicken up the night before and be ready for the final cooking the next day, which will involve baking instead of frying the nuggets.
This recipe for baked chicken nuggets was devised in order to "healthy up" the nuggets which are generally deep-fried. I like that idea, so I adapted it to organics and here it is:
HEALTHY ORGANIC CHICKEN NUGGETS
16 oz (2 large) skinless boneless organically-raised chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
salt and pepper to taste
2 teaspoons organic olive oil
6 Tablespoons organic whole wheat seasoned breadcrumbs
2 Tablespoons organic panko breadcrumbs
2 Tablespoons grated organic Parmesan cheese
Organic olive oil spray
Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with olive oil spray.
Put the olive oil in one bowl and the breadcrumbs, panko and Parmesan cheese in another.
Season the chicken with salt and pepper and put several pieces in the bowl with the olive oil at a time and mix well to coat all of the pieces evenly.
Put a few chunks of chicken at a time into the breadcrumb mixture to coat them, then transfer each to the baking sheet. Lightly spray the top with olive oil spray and bake for 8-10 minutes. Turn the pieces over and cook another 4-5 minutes or until they are cooked though.
This is going to go well with a hearty salad--keep in mind that some of the restaurants with chicken nuggets on their menu offer Cole Slaw as a side dish. Macaroni and cheese is also a popular side with this item, as is corn on the cob. All in all, you can get together a very kid-pleasing meal by making chicken nuggets at home, so take this smart recipe and run with it!