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
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!)
2 eggs, beaten (for some heat, add a couple of drops of Tabasco)
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.