Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Baked Chicken Nuggets - 3 Step Breading Method

Make your own chicken nuggets using this SUPER EASY 3 step breading method.  Give this a try and you won't be going through the drive through ever again!  Know what's in your food!

Baked Chicken Nuggets - 3 Step Breading Method

Preheat oven to 400F.  Line a sheet pan with parchment paper and set aside.  You will need 3 bowls or pie plates for each step.

1 pound boneless chicken, cut into 1" cubes

Step One:
1 cup favorite whole grain flour (whole wheat, coconut - my favorite, spelt, etc)
salt and pepper, to taste
1 T favorite dried herb or 1 t favorite ground spice (or both!)

Step Two:
2 eggs, beaten (for some heat, add a couple of drops of Tabasco)

Step Three:
1 1/2 cup chopped nuts mixture (walnuts, almonds, cashews, pecans, etc)
Salt and Pepper to taste

Note:  Could also add shredded coconut, favorite herb and/or spice used in Step One for additional flavor.  Be creative with your topping but be sure to chop the nuts finely.  A small 1-2 cup food processor works great or you could use a cutting board and chef knife.

Coat the chicken with Step One mixture, dredge through the egg mixture - Step Two, and then finally through the nut mixture, coating well - Step Three.  Place on the prepared sheet pan.

Bake for 15 minutes or until chicken is tender and cooked through.  I find that 15 minutes is sufficient and the chicken is tender and juicy with a nutty crust.

KEY:  Be creative and use the ingredients you have on hand.  Buy boneless chicken that's on sale or frozen.  If frozen, place the frozen chicken in a bowl, covered, and defrost in the refrigerator overnight.  


Nuts or seeds:  Cashews, peanuts, walnuts, pecans, almonds, brazil nuts, pine nuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, etc.

Herbs:  Oregano, basil, Italian seasoning, thyme, dill, fennel, sage

Spices:  Chat Masala, chili powder, cumin, ginger, cardamom, allspice, cinnamon, cocoa etc.

Other ingredients:  coconut, flax seeds, hemp seeds, parmesan cheese

For a touch of sweetness, drizzle with maple syrup, agave nectar or honey before or after baking.

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