Saturday, March 19, 2011

Recipe : Baked Chicken Nuggets

Why buy processed chicken nuggets that are loaded with soy filler anyway, when you can make up your own in no time and for not much more money?  (Or, for less if you get chicken on sale!!)

Baked Chicken Nuggets
4 Servings, about 3 ounces each

1-1/2 pounds chicken thighs (or other chicken pieces), bone and skin removed
1 cup cereal or bread crumbs
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp Italian herb seasoning
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp onion powder

Cut chicken into bite-sized pieces.  Place remaining ingredients in a bag or container, close tightly and shake until blended.  Add a few chicken pieces at a time to crumb mixture. Shake to coat evenly.

Preheat oven to 400° F. Lightly grease a cooking sheet.  Place chicken pieces on cooking sheet so they are not touching (use a rack if desired for more even browning).  Bake until golden brown, about 12 to 14 minutes.

Variations I have seen include adding finely grated Parmesan or Romano cheese or cayenne pepper to the coating mix, marinating the chicken pieces for 2 hours in buttermilk first, or dipping in a milk/egg mixture before coating.  

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